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Waterfalls Overview

With over 50 waterfalls in the 3 counties (McMinn, Monroe, and Polk) that comprise Tennessee Overhill, we invite you to experience why other people are drawn to the area to explore its beautiful natural landscapes. The waterfalls range from 5 feet to 130 feet. Listed below are the waterfalls easily accessible by Cherokee National Forest trails.

Keep in mind that while the waterfalls are beautiful and fun, they do require mindfulness regarding safety, especially if you have children around. Use common sense, but have fun while exploring without borders. Be sure to bring plenty of water and your camera. Please leave no trace of human passage thru this gorgeous area.*

*These hikes are considered to be day-hikes.

Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River

The Hiwassee/Ocoee River Blueway Trail contains over 60 miles of navigable water trails for canoe, kayak, and paddle boat enthusiasts to enjoy.

Baby Falls

Conveniently located from the Bald River Falls Bridge parking area, continue on Tellico River Rd (FS Road 210) for 0.33 miles and parking will be on the left side of the road.  The 15′ drop falls are located approximately 31 yards below the parking area.

With this waterfall so close to the Tellico River Road, it is a favorite for kayakers
. Moss-covered rocks are slippery, so slip-resistant shoes are recommended if planning on entering the water.  While exploring without borders, remember your camera to take awesome photographs to reflect on your fun trip.  The Tellico River Road is not only a beautiful drive and a feast for all your senses it also has historical sites and our museums without walls.

(GPS: 35.3267, -84.1765) 10-20 min round trip. 

Bald River Falls
Kahuna Falls &
Bald River Cascades

Easy viewing of falls from the bridge.  From Tellico Plains take Cherohala Skyway (TN 165) 5.5 miles and bear right on Tellico River Rd (FS Road 210) and continue until you see Bald River Falls as you cross the bridge.  Parking is frequently crowded, but FS trail 88 begins at the end of the parking area and continues upstream to the other two falls.

The trail starts at Bald River Falls and works its way upstream. Along the trail, you will find Kahuna FallsBald River CascadeSuislide Falls, and Shallow Falls.  All the falls are accessible along the trail which is rated easy to moderate. The entire hike is 5.6 miles one way, but you do not need to go the entire distance to view all the falls.**

**Caution in this series of falls!  Rocks are especially slippery and can be sharp.  Swimming or wading is hazardous and has caused injury and death.

Located in Bald River Gorge Wilderness. GPS: (Bald River Falls 35.324, -84.17761); (Kahuna Falls 35.3238, -84.1776); (Bald River Cascade 35.3213, -84.17566)

Drive-up viewing, 5 min for falls from the bridge – 90 min.

Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River

The Hiwassee/Ocoee River Blueway Trail contains over 60 miles of navigable water trails for canoe, kayak, and paddle boat enthusiasts to enjoy.

The Hiwasse loop

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Turtletown Falls

Two falls in the same area.  Starting at Farner post office, go North on Hwy 68 for 0.5 miles and turn left (west) on Duggan Rd.  Continue for 0.6 miles and turn right (north) on Old Farner Rd (CR 2317) and drive 0.5 miles.  Right (east) on FS Road 1166 for 1.5 miles to the parking lot where the trailhead is located.  FS Trail 185 is marked with White Dot Blaze and leads to the two falls.

GPS(35.163936, -84.352680) 120-180 round trip.

Hiking Tennessee Overhill

Southern Cherokee National Forest

Goforth Creek Falls

Short hike to see beautiful falls.  Take Hwy 64 East and 5.8 miles past the Ranger Station, FS Road 168 is on left with limited parking.  Walk along FS Road 168 for .15 miles to falls.

GPS (35.08592, -845147) 15-20 min round trip.

Hiking Tennessee Overhill

Southern Cherokee National Forest

The Copperhill Special

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Benton Falls

Easy to moderate hike that is 3.0 Miles.  The trail is marked with a Blue Dot Blaze.  From Hwy 64 take FS Road 77 for 7.5 miles to McCamy Lake parking.  Your $3/day use fee supports trail maintenance.  FS Trail 131 continues to the 65′ drop waterfall.

GPS (35.140047,-84.5961) 60-90 min round trip.

Rock Creek Gorge
Scenic Area

A 3.4 mile moderate trail that is marked with a White Blaze.  Parking is 50′ North of intersection Hwy 64 (Old Copper Rd) and Hwy 30.  Roads intersect approximately 2.25 miles East of the Ocoee Ranger Station.  FS Trail 78 leads into a scenic area known for its waterfalls.

GPS (35.115135, -84.579135) 90-120 min round trip.

Not only do we have these wonderful waterfalls, but there are many more exciting adventures hiding in plain sight here in Tennessee Overhill.  For fishing enthusiasts, we proudly offer one of the Top 100 Trout fishing streams in America named by Trout Unlimited.  There are many historical sites in Tennessee Overhill, and we offer train rides through the Hiwassee River Gorge, along with our museums without walls.  Call 423-263-7232 for more information.

Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park

The Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park straddles both sides of the Hiwassee and Ocoee Rivers. The Hiwassee is great for canoeing, rafting, and fishing, while the Ocoee provides Class III and IV whitewater rapids.