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Hike to Hen Wallow Falls in Great Smoky Mountains NP

Cosby, Tennessee

based on 4 reviews



4.57 miles

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Added by Cassandra Harrison

A gorgeous hike to Hen Wallow Falls in the midst of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Trek through a lush hemlock and rhododendron forest to a stunning 90-foot tall waterfall with a swimming hole ideal for wading.

Start your adventure by parking in the Cosby Picnic Area Parking Lot near the entrance of the Cosby Campground. (127 Cosby Picnic Area Rd, Cosby, TN 37722.) Then backtrack through the parking lot about 100 yards until you see the sign marking the start of Gabes Mountain Trail. 

The trek to Hen Wallow Falls and back is 4.4 miles, takes 3-4 hours, and is of moderate difficulty. Be aware of some very steep areas on the trail and some places with precarious footing - so wear sturdy shoes. The waterfall is beautiful, though, and well-worth the climb. 

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Hike to Hen Wallow Falls in Great Smoky Mountains NP Reviews

We had a group of 4 all in our late 50s and 60s. No problem parking. It rained on and off the entire hike but we were prepared and it did not bother us. In fact the trip was probably more enjoyable due to the increased water flow at the falls. I definitely recommend this hike! Be sure to wear good quality hiking boots or shoes as the trail is thick with roots and rocks. But don’t let that deter you. Very worth while hike.

Described as moderate difficulty and that’s accurate. But the payoff is worth it.

Great hike with my 7 year old - 3 small bridges to cross and long enough for a challenge but short enough to limit the complaints. Beautiful waterfall to enjoy a picnic before heading back. Took us about 2.5 hours.

At the 3rd bridge, a shortcut exists if you stay to the left. It cuts down a little bit of the hike if you're feeling lazy. The trail winds along the mountain and really allows you to appreciate the rock formations/caves. There are a lot of great photo ops at the falls. We brought our bathing suits, expecting to wade in the water but there weren't many spots to do so, maybe the flow was low. You can do both this and Ramsey's Cascades in the same day. Ramsey's hike is more difficult but with a more rewarding view. I'd recommend this hike be your warmup for Ramsey's.

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