Gentry Creek Falls

Greeneville, Tennessee 37745

Gentry Creek Falls

Gentry Creek Falls Professional Review and Guide

"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."

More Gentry Creek Falls Professional Reviews and Guides

"This hike takes you through a remote valley of the Cherokee National Forest to a lesser-visited double-decker falls. From the trailhead, hike a wildfl ower-fi lled, rocky vale bordered by high ridges. It takes 13 stream crossings to make Gentry Falls. However, at low to normal water fl ows you will be able to dry-foot it over stones set at the crossings. At Gentry Creek Falls, view a two-tiered cataract tumbling over rock bluff s, spilling into a sea of rhododendron, in the depths of a northern hardwood forest."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5- 3.5 hours
Cherokee National Forest, Unaka Ranger District, 4900 Asheville Hwy., Greeneville, TN 37743, (423) 638-4109,
Local Contacts
National Geographic Cherokee & Pisgah National Forests—Holston and Watauga Rivers; USGS Grayson
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Oct 2018