Buckeye Falls

Greeneville, Tennessee

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Buckeye Falls stakes its claim to being the highest in the East—along with others. However, when it’s flowing well there’s no mistaking that this is one high, yet hard to view, cataract. The hike to reach it is challenging. Several stream fords of Clark Creek lead into Sampson Mountain Wilderness. The rough trail gets rougher when you head straight up a tributary of Clark Creek to 475-foot Buckeye Falls, its slope extending upward beyond view. Estimates of Buckeye Falls’ height range from 475 to 700 feet, and it is truly one of the—if not the—highest falls in the East. However, being a low-fl ow cascade, more often than not it flows as a narrow spiller then widens and trickles over a wide rock face. Another problem is the inability to view its entirety from its base. However, off trail hikers have viewed Buckeye Falls during leaf-off from nearby Chigger Ridge.
Hiking Waterfalls in Tennessee

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Hiking Waterfalls in Tennessee

by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

Buckeye Falls stakes its claim to being the highest in the East—along with others. However, when it’s flowing well there’s no mistaking that this is one high, yet hard to view, cataract. The hike to reach it is challenging. Several stream fords of Clark Creek lead into Sampson Mountain Wilderness. The rough trail gets rougher when you head straight up a tributary of Clark Creek to 475-foot Buckeye Falls, its slope extending upward beyond view.

Estimates of Buckeye Falls’ height range from 475 to 700 feet, and it is truly one of the—if not the—highest falls in the East. However, being a low-fl ow cascade, more often than not it flows as a narrow spiller then widens and trickles over a wide rock face. Another problem is the inability to view its entirety from its base. However, off trail hikers have viewed Buckeye Falls during leaf-off from nearby Chigger Ridge.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Greeneville
Distance: 7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5- 7 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Cherokee National Forest, Unaka Ranger District, 4900 Asheville Hwy., Greeneville, TN 37743, (423) 638-4109, www.fs.usda.gov/cherokee
Local Maps: National Geographic Cherokee & Pisgah National Forests—French Broad and Nolichucky Rivers; USGS Flag Pond
Driving Directions: Directions to Buckeye Falls

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