Hike to Hen Wallow Falls in Great Smoky Mountains NP

Tennessee Gabes Mountain Trail

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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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Activities:

Hiking

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

4.4 Miles

Rating:

Features:

Forest
Waterfall

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How to Get There

29 days ago

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.

29 days ago

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