Gentry Creek Falls

Greeneville, Tennessee

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Gentry Falls is an out-of-the-way yet worth-it destination in the Cherokee National Forest. The hike requires 13 creek crossings but your reward is a twotiered, 60-foot cataract dropping over a stony cliff, framed in evergreens. In spring, the wildflowers will riot in this high-elevation valley, cloaked in a northern hardwood forest. This is an excellent waterfall hike—except in winter. The trip is one of those Catch-22 hikes—when Gentry Creek is high the falls will be audacious, but you will also get your feet wet fording Gentry Creek en route to the falls. Consider that when timing your waterfall walk. Stepping stones have been placed at the crossings, making dry-footed rock-hopping feasible at normal to low flows. The hike up Gentry Creek will inspire nearly as much as the falls itself.
Hiking Waterfalls in Tennessee

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Hiking Waterfalls in Tennessee

by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

Gentry Falls is an out-of-the-way yet worth-it destination in the Cherokee National Forest. The hike requires 13 creek crossings but your reward is a twotiered, 60-foot cataract dropping over a stony cliff, framed in evergreens. In spring, the wildflowers will riot in this high-elevation valley, cloaked in a northern hardwood forest.

This is an excellent waterfall hike—except in winter. The trip is one of those Catch-22 hikes—when Gentry Creek is high the falls will be audacious, but you will also get your feet wet fording Gentry Creek en route to the falls. Consider that when timing your waterfall walk. Stepping stones have been placed at the crossings, making dry-footed rock-hopping feasible at normal to low flows. The hike up Gentry Creek will inspire nearly as much as the falls itself.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Greeneville
Distance: 4.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5- 3.5 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—Holston and Watauga Rivers; USGS Grayson
Driving Directions: Directions to Gentry Creek Falls

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