Margarette Falls

Greeneville, Tennessee 37744

Margarette Falls

Margarette Falls Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This gorgeous waterfall has been known by many names. Located where the steep Appalachians of Greene County spill into the lowlands, you head up a rock-walled canyon on a fine trail, delving deep into the Dry Creek Valley. Here, you will find wet and wonderful 60-foot Margarette Falls creating a fan of white as it spills over a cliff. The walled in gorge forms a cathedral, enhancing the cataract’s aura.

While en route to Margarette Falls, pay attention while navigating back roads. Above you rises the Bald Mountains, where waterways fl ow down, gathering to create magical Margarette Falls. Your hike begins in the lowlands, where West Fork Dry Creek meets Dry Creek, then flattens out in the Nolichucky River Valley."

Margarette Falls Reviews

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We just completed this hike and enjoyed it. I would consider it easy to moderate (however if you try to continue on to Bailey Falls, I would consider it moderate to strenuous due to climbing and bushwhacking). Several creek crossings at this time of year the water levels were low so we went rock to rock and didn’t get wet but when there has been more precipitation, I could see having to wade the creeks. We took our time and spent a lot of time looking around, so our overall trip was 3.5 hours (and we only made it to Glen Falls due to it being 20 degrees outside and we didn’t pack our waders to wade the creek up to Bailey Falls). Total length according to my GPS was 3.7 miles up to Glen Falls. I would highly recommend this trail during the non-snaky times of the year. The creeks, the cliffs, rhododendron, and forest were beautiful!
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A cold crossing for the winter but worth it. The cliffs around the falls remind me of some of the mountains out west just smaller they circle the falls

Margarette Falls Photos

Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1- 2 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 Greystone
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018