The Unicoi Crest above Tellico Plains


Cherokee Hiking Club
198 Crews Drive, Benton, TN 373




Bald River Falls Trail
Saturday, January 28, 2012

Map of Bald River Falls Hike

Distance: 9.6 miles

Difficulty Rating: mod overall, but rocky in spots

Leaders: Rick & Brenda Harris, 423-253-6358 (h), 513-260-1184 (c), 

Brief Description: Bald River Falls is one of the most spectacular falls in Tennessee. The falls is right along Tellico River Road. Lately the water has been very high from all the rain. See the videos here (Bald River Falls) and here (Bald River Falls from the side) and here (Baby Falls). We will be hiking the trail from the Bald River Falls parking lot to Bald River Road and back. The trail goes through the Bald River Gorge and there are several other falls along the trail besides the main falls. The trail has recently been rehabilitated by SAWS and a college group, so it should be in great condition. The current weather prediction is that it will be sunny and about 50 degrees on Saturday.

Meeting Place: Call Rick or Brenda Harris no later 8:30 p.m. Friday evening January 27 if you are interested in attending. Plans are to meet at the Falls parking lot at 8:30 AM. Those coming from Cleveland might want to work out a carpool. Since Rick and Brenda live in Tellico Plains, the carpool will be up to the Cleveland folks coming on the hike.

Trail Description:  Information on the trail is on our website at this link.

Post-Trip Report: OK, this was a weird trip. We had people coming and going all day. But the scenery was fantastic. The water was high from all the recent rains and the falls were quite awesome. All of them. We went by several water falls as we traveled up the riverside trail. We started out as 5 hikers (Rick & Brenda Harris, Dave and Debbie Flower, Rick Foster), but after lunch, 2 other hikers (Bill Edmondson and his friend Clyde Allmond) caught up with us. They wanted to take their time for fear we would be hiking too fast. Then a family hiked by going the opposite direction telling us that there were two hikers waiting for us up at the Bald River Road Bridge. We suspect they were Bill Hodge and Jim Sirmans, but they were gone by the time we got to the bridge. Then on our hike back we ran into yet one more hiker (Jim Adams) who also wanted to take it slow because of a recent knee replacement. So in all I think there were 10 of us hikers, we just were not all together. It was a great day for hiking. The day was mostly sunny with highs in the mid-40s. The trail was in excellent shape, due the the hard work of Bill Hodge and SAWS (Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards) who had a college crew spend several days working on repairing sidehill in several sections along the trail just a couple of weeks ago.

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