Backbone Rock Falls

Greeneville, Tennessee 37745

Backbone Rock Falls

Backbone Rock Falls Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

Greeneville
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
0.3
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
30-60 minutes
Duration
Year-round
Season
Waterfalls
Features
Cherokee National Forest, Unaka Ranger District, 4900 Asheville Hwy., Greeneville, TN 37743, (423) 638-4109, www.fs.usda.gov/cherokee
Local Contacts
National Geographic Cherokee & Pisgah National Forests—Holston and Watauga Rivers; USGS Laurel Bloomery
Local Maps