Bald River Trail - Nfs #88 is a hiking trail in Monroe County, Tennessee. It is 4.8 miles long and begins at 1,853 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,551 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. Bald River Falls Overlook and another viewpoint and the Bald River Falls waterfall can be seen along the trail. There are also camp sites and a picnic site along the trail.
Bald River Trail - Nfs #88 Professional Reviews and Guides
"This hike starts at Bald River Falls on FS 210 and follows the river, passing through forest and over numerous rock embankments and cascades, and heading upstream and crossing junctions for other trails along the way, ending on FS 126 by Holly Flats Campground. You will pass through a mixed deciduous and pine forest, with rhododendron and mountain laurel blooming in spring. Like many trails in the Tellico District, this one follows an old logging grade at times, and at other points is narrow and more difficult to hike. The trail is easily accessed and receives considerable traffic, though less on the lower sections of the trail. Several small backpacking campsites are found along the river, and the river is said to be good for trout fishing."
--Kelley Roark and Stuart Carroll, Hiking Tennessee (Falcon Guides).
"This hike starts at one of Tennessee’s iconic cataracts—Bald River Falls. The 90-foot showstopper is visible from the trailhead. You will then hike up Bald River Trail, entering the Bald River Gorge Wilderness. Reach the top of Bald River Falls and a grand vista.
Next, enjoy a ledge cascade, then visit Middle Bald River Falls, another ledge drop with a big plunge pool that divides the lower part of the cataract, dropping in chute fashion just below your viewing point. Additional rugged geological scenery can be enjoyed while on the hike."
--Johnny Molloy , Hiking Waterfalls in Tennessee (Falcon Guides).
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