• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    2.7 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    715 Feet

Scenic
Waterfall

A beautiful trail that runs along a very nice cascading stream and eventually after a moderate incline will take you to a unique seventy foot waterfall .

To reach the trail head, take exit number 39 to Erwin/Jonesborough and turn onto State Route 81/107 west and stay on this for 6.5 miles. Then you will turn left to stay on Route 107 and continue on for 16 more miles. Then you will take a left on Route 351 and drive 4.5 miles. Then you will take another left on Greystone Road and continue 3.8 miles and then you will take a right on Shelton Mission Road. After 1.3 miles turn right into a quite large gravel parking lot. The trail head is located on the right side of the parking lot.

To begin, you will walk half a mile, there are a lot of no trespassing signs on either side of this half mile portion, but don't worry, the trail itself is on public land, just make sure to not go off trail in that first half mile portion. Once you have gone half a mile you will reach a clearing. Continue straight in the clearing and follow the sign that points straight and says Margarette Falls, the trail closer to the trail map. Do not go towards the right up a trail that is quite steep. Very shortly after the split you will have another fork in the trail at this second fork take a left. After this it is a clear shot to the falls and about .6 miles with some moderate to steep elevation gain at times, but nothing awful. There is one stream crossing about .3 miles in. You can easily just walk through the ankle high water or try to jump across the rock path that was put in place. Also I know a while back the bridge on this trail had been taken out in a storm, it has sense been replaced and is very scenic. As always make sure to try and leave the trail better than you found it.

Pack List

  • Day pack
  • Food
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Water tolerable shoes
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This is a beautiful and peaceful hike all throughout the year. The amount of other people passed on the trail can vary but is usually not crowded. If you are an avid hiker I would recommend you try following the paths up above Margerete falls to Bailey falls and a number of others, or even all the way to Black Stack cliffs if you have the gusto!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Nathan Szwarc Explorer

Avid hiker, backpacker, and aspiring photographer living in east Tennessee.

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