Maddron Bald and Hen Wallow Falls

Cosby, Tennessee

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For people who like trees, this may be the best backpacking trip in the park. Much of the hike passes through old-growth forest, including what many people believe to be the finest “virgin” woods in the park, at Albright Grove. Throw in a high and pretty waterfall, abundant spring wildflowers, and a heath bald, and you have a grand adventure ahead of you. From the parking area, walk through the campground to Campsite B51. Snake Den Ridge Trail enters the forest directly opposite the campsite and climbs gradually along an old roadbed. Soon you pass Cosby Horse Trail, which comes in from the left. The horse trail serves as a connector to Low Gap Trail. Stay to the right and continue climbing along the old roadbed. You soon pass an old graveyard on the right and shortly afterward reach an old turnaround. A side path on the right leads a few feet to a concrete slab and an overlook of Rock Creek.

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"For people who like trees, this may be the best backpacking trip in the park. Much of the hike passes through old-growth forest, including what many people believe to be the finest “virgin” woods in the park, at Albright Grove. Throw in a high and pretty waterfall, abundant spring wildflowers, and a heath bald, and you have a grand adventure ahead of you.

From the parking area, walk through the campground to Campsite B51. Snake Den Ridge Trail enters the forest directly opposite the campsite and climbs gradually along an old roadbed. Soon you pass Cosby Horse Trail, which comes in from the left. The
horse trail serves as a connector to Low Gap Trail. Stay to the right and continue climbing along the old roadbed. You soon pass an old graveyard on the right and shortly afterward reach an old turnaround. A side path on the right leads a few feet to a concrete slab and an overlook of Rock Creek."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Cosby
Distance: 18.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1-2 days
Season: Best season: Spring for the wildflowers
Features: Waterfalls, Wildflowers
Local Contacts: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Local Maps: Hartford, Luftee Knob, Mount Guyot, and Jones Cove USGS quads; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #317 Clingmans Dome Cataloochee
Driving Directions: Directions to Maddron Bald and Hen Wallow Falls

Recent Trail Reviews

7/11/2008
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Awsome hike. Site 34 is one of the best. Good sites with a stream. 29 is good too but beware the mice! Overall a wonderful 2 niter. Enjoy the falls and dont pass up the Albright loop. The virgin trees are the most awe inspiring!



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