Bald River Falls and Middle Bald River Falls

Tellico Plains, Tennessee

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This hike starts at one of Tennessee’s iconic cataracts—Bald River Falls. The 90-foot showstopper is visible from the trailhead. You will then hike up Bald River Trail, entering the Bald River Gorge Wilderness. Reach the top of Bald River Falls and a grand vista. Next, enjoy a ledge cascade, then visit Middle Bald River Falls, another ledge drop with a big plunge pool that divides the lower part of the cataract, dropping in chute fashion just below your viewing point. Additional rugged geological scenery can be enjoyed while on the hike.
Hiking Waterfalls in Tennessee

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Hiking Waterfalls in Tennessee

by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

This hike starts at one of Tennessee’s iconic cataracts—Bald River Falls. The 90-foot showstopper is visible from the trailhead. You will then hike up Bald River Trail, entering the Bald River Gorge Wilderness. Reach the top of Bald River Falls and a grand vista.

Next, enjoy a ledge cascade, then visit Middle Bald River Falls, another ledge drop with a big plunge pool that divides the lower part of the cataract, dropping in chute fashion just below your viewing point. Additional rugged geological scenery can be enjoyed while on the hike.

© 2015 Johnny Molloy /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tellico Plains
Distance: 1.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1-1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Cherokee National Forest, Tellico Ranger District, 250 Ranger Station Rd., Tellico Plains, TN 37385, (423) 253-8400, www.fs.usda.gov/cherokee
Local Maps: National Geographic Cherokee National Forest—Tellico and Ocoee Rivers; USGS Bald River Falls
Driving Directions: Directions to Bald River Falls and Middle Bald River Falls

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