Hike to Hen Wallow Falls in Great Smoky Mountains NP

Gabes Mountain Trail

Gorgeous hike 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 that is 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. 

Pack List

  • Hydration
  • Nutrition
  • Bug Spray
  • Sun Protection
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Waterproof Shoes (optional)
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RT Distance 4.4 Miles
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
Waterfall

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Enjoyable Kid Friendly Hike

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.

Go Chasing Waterfalls

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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