Chigger Branch Cascades

Greeneville, Tennessee 37744

Chigger Branch Cascades

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This slide waterfall is hidden deep in the Sampson Mountain Wilderness, on a tributary of Clark Creek. The hike starts up Clark Creek Trail and its many fords. Next, you turn up Chigger Branch, hemmed in by Chigger Ridge and Longarm Ridge. Trace a logging grade-turned-manway to reach the 85-foot fall as it spills from a rhododendron thicket down a widening rock face, then makes a turn, splashing into boulders and ending.

Chigger Branch Cascades is a real gem. However, you need to know a few things before heading there. First, the best time of year is late winter and early spring, before the leafout. That is when the water will be up and the brush down, making your visit worthwhile. However, you must ford Clark Creek eight times on the way up and Chigger Branch a couple more, then do the same fords on the way back down."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3-4 hours
Cherokee National Forest, Unaka Ranger District, 4900 Asheville Hwy., Greeneville, TN 37743, (423) 638-4109,
Local Contacts
National Geographic Cherokee & Pisgah National Forests—French Broad and Nolichucky Rivers; USGS Flag Pond
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Dec 2018