Backbone Rock Falls

Greeneville, Tennessee

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This gem of a 40-foot waterfall spills in faucet fashion through a rock crevice and is one highlight in a Cherokee National Forest recreation area developed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It is an easy walk from the road to view the ribbon of white, after you walk atop the stream forming the falls. Other nearby activities include hiking atop Backbone Rock, picnicking, fishing, swimming, and camping. Backbone Rock, located near the Virginia state line, is a slender sandstone out-crop, looking monument-esque, around which Beaverdam Creek flows. The stream and mountains conspire to create an area ideal for scenic preservation. When the area was logged a century back, a spur rail line was laid along Beaverdam Creek from nearby Damascus. Rather than working the rail line around narrow Backbone Rock, the builders blasted a hole, creating a tunnel.
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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

This gem of a 40-foot waterfall spills in faucet fashion through a rock crevice and is one highlight in a Cherokee National Forest recreation area developed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It is an easy walk from the road to view the ribbon of white, after you walk atop the stream forming the falls. Other nearby activities include hiking atop Backbone Rock, picnicking, fishing, swimming, and camping.

Backbone Rock, located near the Virginia state line, is a slender sandstone out-crop, looking monument-esque, around which Beaverdam Creek flows. The stream and mountains conspire to create an area ideal for scenic preservation. When the area was logged a century back, a spur rail line was laid along Beaverdam Creek from nearby Damascus. Rather than working the rail line around narrow Backbone Rock, the builders blasted a hole, creating a tunnel.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Greeneville
Distance: 0.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30-60 minutes
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 Laurel Bloomery
Driving Directions: Directions to Backbone Rock Falls

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