Margarette Falls CNF Trail No189, Nolichucky District at Cherokee National Forest

Greenville, Tennessee

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Margarette Falls may be the most spectacular short hike in Tennessee. Within this 1.4- mile span, you will walk along a creek bed past small cascades, crossing the stream at times, and pass under the shadow of the imposing Cathedral Rock formation, finally arriving at a surprisingly tall and delicate waterfall, which will make you feel that you don’t want to leave. This short, manageable trail follows West Fork Dry Creek past the impressive Cathedral Rock, to end at the picturesque and protected Margarette Falls. The falls are quite a good size and are tucked in between steep cliff s, giving a secluded feeling, although they are well frequented by locals. Keep in mind that this area was damaged by flooding and was slow to recover.

Margarette Falls (CNF Trail No.189), Nolichucky District at Cherokee National Forest Professional Review and Guide

"Margarette Falls may be the most spectacular short hike in Tennessee. Within this 1.4- mile span, you will walk along a creek bed past small cascades, crossing the stream at times, and pass under the shadow of the imposing Cathedral Rock formation, finally arriving at a surprisingly tall and delicate waterfall, which will make you feel that you don’t want to leave.

This short, manageable trail follows West Fork Dry Creek past the impressive Cathedral Rock, to end at the picturesque and protected Margarette Falls. The falls are quite a good size and are tucked in between steep cliff s, giving a secluded feeling, although they are well frequented by locals. Keep in mind that this area was damaged by flooding and was slow to recover."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Greenville
Distance: 2.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Unaka Ranger District, 4900 Asheville Hwy., Greeneville, TN 37743; (423) 638-4109
Local Maps: USGS quad 190SW, Greystone
Driving Directions: Directions to Margarette Falls (CNF Trail No.189), Nolichucky District at Cherokee National Forest

Recent Trail Reviews

3/10/2007
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I picked out this trail as a starter trail for my 6 month old golden retriever, based on its creek crossings and overall short length. The trail is in pretty good shape for the first 1/4 mile or so after the parking lot, but several downed trees prevented us from reaching the destination. This trail is in need of maintenance.


12/5/2002
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Flooding in the spring of 2001 has made this a more difficult trail. In four different places, we had to climb down / around washed-out areas, making the hike more difficult. But the isolation of the area and its great beauty make this a hike worth taking. The falls are actually a cascade, but one of the most striking we have seen. The upper cascades look like steps that have been deliberately carved in the rock. Hopefully this trail can been restored, but even if not, it is a good choice for a four-hour trek. Beauty in every direction deep in the woods!



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