Baskins Falls

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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Head to a less-visited waterfall near Gatlinburg. Follow the Baskins Creek Trail over a ridge with views, then drop to aptly named Falls Branch. Make a side trip to a pioneer cemetery, then pass a homesite before reaching Baskins Falls as it tumbles over a wide bluff. Note: The forest along this hike was affected by the Chimney Tops 2 fire of 2016. This waterfall walk is best in spring, when Falls Branch is at its boldest. It can also be good in winter, when Baskins Falls freezes. In winter, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail will be gated, but you can simply walk around the gate to access the trail.
Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition

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Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition

by Johnny Molloy (Wilderness Press)

Head to a less-visited waterfall near Gatlinburg. Follow the Baskins Creek Trail over a ridge with views, then drop to aptly named Falls Branch. Make a side trip to a pioneer cemetery, then pass a homesite before reaching Baskins Falls as it tumbles over a wide bluff. Note: The forest along this hike was affected by the Chimney Tops 2 fire of 2016.

This waterfall walk is best in spring, when Falls Branch is at its boldest. It can also be good in winter, when Baskins Falls freezes. In winter, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail will be gated, but you can simply walk around the gate to access the trail.

© 2017 Johnny Molloy/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Gatlinburg
Distance: 3.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,180 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Views, Waterfalls, Wildflowers
Local Contacts: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Baskins Falls

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