Chigger Branch Cascades

Greeneville, Tennessee

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This slide waterfall is hidden deep in the Sampson Mountain Wilderness, on a tributary of Clark Creek. The hike starts up Clark Creek Trail and its many fords. Next, you turn up Chigger Branch, hemmed in by Chigger Ridge and Longarm Ridge. Trace a logging grade-turned-manway to reach the 85-foot fall as it spills from a rhododendron thicket down a widening rock face, then makes a turn, splashing into boulders and ending. Chigger Branch Cascades is a real gem. However, you need to know a few things before heading there. First, the best time of year is late winter and early spring, before the leafout. That is when the water will be up and the brush down, making your visit worthwhile. However, you must ford Clark Creek eight times on the way up and Chigger Branch a couple more, then do the same fords on the way back down.
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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

This slide waterfall is hidden deep in the Sampson Mountain Wilderness, on a tributary of Clark Creek. The hike starts up Clark Creek Trail and its many fords. Next, you turn up Chigger Branch, hemmed in by Chigger Ridge and Longarm Ridge. Trace a logging grade-turned-manway to reach the 85-foot fall as it spills from a rhododendron thicket down a widening rock face, then makes a turn, splashing into boulders and ending.

Chigger Branch Cascades is a real gem. However, you need to know a few things before heading there. First, the best time of year is late winter and early spring, before the leafout. That is when the water will be up and the brush down, making your visit worthwhile. However, you must ford Clark Creek eight times on the way up and Chigger Branch a couple more, then do the same fords on the way back down.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Greeneville
Distance: 4.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3-4 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 Chigger Branch Cascades

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