Walk through a forest of hemlock and rhododendron, ferns and yellow poplars. Ascend the Gabes Mountain trail, which was known as Messer trail, over roots and rough rocks. The boulders and rocks confirms how rough the route can be in some places. You are at Hen Wallow Water Falls. A lot of 'shine' was made down the creeks below Hen Wallow Falls in the old days.
The trail is a steady climb up the northern edge of Snake Den Mountain. It may not look attractive at the top as it is only two feet wide at its summit of Hen Wallow Creek. But when the water cascades 90 feet down, it spreads out at the base and looks wonderful. There are salamanders basking in the sun in summer but winters cause the water to freeze.
Look out for Rock Creek which will appear on your right. Soon after you'll pass the side trail that leads to the Cosby Campground. Shortly thereafter the trail crosses over Rock Creek. If you want to check out an old grave site, then do so on your right. Or just keep hiking straight ahead. When you pass the remnants of an old rock wall from an old homestead, know you are on track. After 2.1 miles hikers will reach the short side trail that leads down to the base of the Hen Wallow Falls. Hen Wallow Falls fans out to almost 20 feet at the base. Visit the falls after the rainy season, because during the dry season, there is hardly any water.
Hen Wallow Falls is another one of the lesser visited waterfalls in the Smokies. But if you are there then go on a morning hike. When the sun rises above the east, the spectacular rays dances on the water falls. Your kids will love playing at the base of the falls. It’s a perfect place to cool off before hiking back to the picnic area.
The trail is easy to access with three log bridges to cross and gentle climb up as you begin. After that it becomes steep, but once you are there, it will be worth it.
Hen Wallow Water Falls Travel Tips
- The viewing area is limited and cluttered with large boulders and debris.
- It will take some manoeuvring for additional perspective.
- Climbing up the falls is extremely hazardous and strongly discouraged.
- There were some very narrow points along the trail.
- Wear hiking shoes, the trail can get slippery if it rains.
- Very humid mid-summer makes this a better walk in spring or fall.
- Carry a bug spray, lots of flying insects after the rains.
- Make sure to bring plenty of water if you hike this during the summer.
- Be sure to carry flashlights, raincoats, water, and snacks.
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6.23% of people who visit Gatlinburg include Hen Wallow Water Falls in their plan
66.67% of people start their Hen Wallow Water Falls visit around 1 PM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Hen Wallow Water Falls
95% of people prefer walking in order to reach Hen Wallow Water Falls