The Great Smoky Mountains, Hike and Camp

  • November 16, 2013 · 12:00 PM

Great Smoky Mountains, Gabes Mountain Trail Pass Hen Wallow Falls to the campsite

The trip to Hen Wallow Falls is a pleasant walk through hemlock and rhododendron forest. A signed side trail leads to the base of the falls by way of steep switchbacks. Hen Wallow Creek, only two feet wide at the top of the falls, fans out to 20 feet at the base. The waterfall is 90 feet high. If you look carefully in the water at the base of the falls, you can often find salamanders.

During very cold winter weather, the waterfall can freeze into a beautiful icy column.

The hike to the falls is 4.4 miles roundtrip and considered moderate in difficulty. Hikers continuing on the Gabes Mountain Trail beyond the falls can enjoy an impressive old-growth forest.

Access Trail: Gabes Mountain

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