Located in the Cherokee National Forest near Greeneville, Tennessee, Margarette Falls stands 60-feet tall with a plunge pool, and the 2.7 miles out and back hike along Dry Creek offers visitors many smaller waterfalls and cascades to enjoy.
The trail begins as an easy hike over level gravel, but soon inclines with an elevation gain of approx. 800-feet…expect your calves to burn! There are also a few areas where the surface consists of sharp, uneven rocks. As such, a walking stick is recommended – I found one waiting at the trailhead, where I returned it once finished.
In addition, a strenuous uphill trail continues beyond the falls, which follows and crosses the creek, offering some picturesque cascades. There’s so much to see so take your time to explore, doing so with caution – terrain around water is often slippery, thus hazardous.
This is a popular area with a large parking lot. So, arrive early if you want to avoid the crowds. Yesterday, I left Knoxville at 5:05 a.m. and was on the trail by 6:51 a.m., just before sunrise. I didn’t see anyone hiking until I was walking back on my return. Just before noon, there were an about 25 cars parked on site. No gift shop. No restrooms.
Each of these photographs (and more) are available as prints in my gallery at Pixels – select from framed, canvas, art, poster, metal, wood, acrylic and tapestry. Also, framed prints may be customized.
I’ll continue to add more photographs from my hike into the gallery, so please visit often to see what’s new. Enjoy the great outdoors, and happy trails!
Tired feet, quiet mind.– author unknown