Falls Branch Falls
11-14-04 - The 1.5 mile hike to this beautiful 50-60' falls is a bit strenuous, but well worth it. The forest is beautiful in this area off of the Cherohala Skyway, and so is Falls Branch Falls. Directions are from the Maryville area: Take Hwy 411 south to Madisonville, then head east and south on Hwy 68. I believe there is a sign pointing to Tellico Plains. Hwy 68 heads into Tellico Plains where you will take a left on Hwy 165 - the Cherohala Skyway. Drive 18.1 miles up the Skyway to an unmarked pull off parking area on the left. You will have just crossed a high bridge.
Take Falls Branch Trail #87 and in just under a mile, look for and take a side trail to the right. If you miss the side trail, you'll continue back up to the Skyway at the previously mentioned bridge. The 1/2 mile side trail heads down towards Falls Branch. It crosses the creek and heads up the left side to the base of the falls. The 1st picture below is a tree growing up a rock that you'll see once you cross the creek. The 2nd is a tree below the waterfall.
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