Dennis Cove Falls and Upper Laurel Fork Falls

Greeneville, Tennessee

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There are a lot of creek crossings—12—en route to two less-visited cataracts in the upper Laurel Fork valley. The numerous fords, easily achieved at normal summer water levels, leave this aquatic trek to the more adventurous set. Your first reward will be Dennis Cove Falls, a two-tiered pourover filling a great pool. Pass through Frog Level, an open mountain meadow, before plunging into a narrowing gorge and finding Upper Laurel Fork Falls, a fermenting rush of whitewater hurtling into a rock defile.
Hiking Waterfalls in Tennessee

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Hiking Waterfalls in Tennessee

by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

There are a lot of creek crossings—12—en route to two less-visited cataracts in the upper Laurel Fork valley. The numerous fords, easily achieved at normal summer water levels, leave this aquatic trek to the more adventurous set. Your first reward will be Dennis Cove Falls, a two-tiered pourover filling a great pool.

Pass through Frog Level, an open mountain meadow, before plunging into a narrowing gorge and finding Upper Laurel Fork Falls, a fermenting rush of whitewater hurtling into a rock defile.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Greeneville
Distance: 7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3.5- 4.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Cherokee National Forest, Unaka Ranger District, 4900 Asheville Highway, Greeneville, TN 37743, (423) 638-4109, www.fs.usda.gov/cherokee
Local Maps: National Geographic Cherokee & Pisgah National Forests—Holston and Watauga Rivers; USGS Watauga Dam, White Rocks Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Dennis Cove Falls and Upper Laurel Fork Falls

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