Lower Falls

Tellico Plains, Tennessee

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Lower Falls attracts visitors to its open sunny outcrops and sizeable swimming pool. Lower Falls is situated on Slickrock Creek, a wild stream deep in the mountains just south of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cruise past ridge-rimmed Calderwood Lake, then enter Slickrock Creek. Negotiate one ford then reach powerful 15-foot Lower Falls, with its wide outcrops and deep plunge pool. Consider returning via an alternate route, climbing from Slickrock Creek over wooded hills. This waterfall walk lies within Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness, a federally designated preserve. While hiking along Slickrock Creek you will be straddling the boundary between the Volunteer State and the Tar Heel State.
Hiking Waterfalls in Tennessee

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Hiking Waterfalls in Tennessee

by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

Lower Falls attracts visitors to its open sunny outcrops and sizeable swimming pool. Lower Falls is situated on Slickrock Creek, a wild stream deep in the mountains just south of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cruise past ridge-rimmed Calderwood Lake, then enter Slickrock Creek. Negotiate one ford then reach powerful 15-foot Lower Falls, with its wide outcrops and deep plunge pool. Consider returning via an alternate route, climbing from Slickrock Creek over wooded hills.

This waterfall walk lies within Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness, a federally designated preserve. While hiking along Slickrock Creek you will be straddling the boundary between the Volunteer State and the Tar Heel State.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tellico Plains
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.5- 4.5 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 Tapoco
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Falls

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