Phil Perkins Photography

Bald River Falls In Tennessee

Located in the Cherokee National Forest of the Southern Appalachian Mountains of east Tennessee, Bald River Falls is where the Bald River, a major tributary, empties into the Tellico River. With an elevation of 90 feet, the falls are visible from the scenic Tellico River Road (Forest Service Road 210), which was built on an old logging railroad bed.

Sign at top of Bald River Falls

Hiking with my camera, I’m always interested in a variety of perspectives from which to photograph subject matter. In this case, I wanted a view from the top of the waterfall. So, at 55 years old, weighing 235 lbs. and carrying a heavy backpack, I scaled steep, damp surfaces covered with slippery moss, clinging for stability to small trees, roots and fissures in rocks. It was, at times, a challenging climb, only to discover that, once at the top, there was an easier way – an established trail. D’oh!

Trail at Bald River Falls

Following a few days of rain, the Bald River Falls were heavy with water and rumbled loudly through the gorge, splashing mist into the air to cast a rainbow over the plunge pool and road. As such, I repeatedly needed to dry the lens of my camera.



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10 responses to “Bald River Falls In Tennessee”

  1. kkessler833 Avatar

    Beautiful! I love to look at waterfalls!

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks, Kendall – I agree 🙂

  2. BallesWorld Avatar

    Fantastic Location 🤩🤩🤩

    1. Phil Avatar

      It was a nice time to visit, with recent rain adding to the waterfall 🙂

  3. Felipe Adan Lerma Avatar

    Some wonderful power in this pics of yours, Phil! And that wet narrow bridge riding the side of the rocks sent me a chill! Really nice! 😊

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks, Felipe – glad you like it! Following heavy rain, these falls were really moving fast, and loud.

      1. Felipe Adan Lerma Avatar

        It’s amazing the power suddenly-running water has! Great captures, Phil 😊

  4. Werner Avatar

    Super Fotos. 👍👍👍

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