If you can do a strenuous 6 mile round trip hike and want to escape the crowds, this might be a good hike for you. The hike is a steady downhill one with a loss of over 1500' in elevation. Parts of the trail are very rocky and slippery when wet, so come prepared. This is not a hike for small children unless you enjoy carrying them. If there has been a lot of rain in the area recently, you might want to skip this hike as there is a creek crossing that might be impossible in high water. The waterfall is also known as Rock Slab Falls.
Directions: Get on Hwy 441 in either Tennessee or North Carolina and head up towards Newfound Gap. Turn on to Clingmans Dome Rd (closed in winter) and drive 7 miles to the parking area at the end. During tourist season, you need to get here early to get a parking spot.
Look for the Forney Ridge Trail head near the beginning of the paved path up to Clingmans Dome - take the Forney Ridge Trail. At the intersection of the Clingmans Dome Bypass Trail, turn left to stay on the Forney Ridge Trail. This trail also goes to Andrews Bald. In about a mile, look for and take the right turn on to the Forney Creek Trail. You'll be heading towards the waterfall and Camp Site 68. At almost 2 miles from the parking area, you'll have to cross Forney Creek. This crossing might not be possible in high water. Once across continue on the trail to the campsite and cascade. Forney Creek Cascade is a 2 tiered waterfall so be sure to explore this entire area to get pictures of both. It began to rain hard once we got to the falls on my only trip here, so I didn't get all the pictures I wanted. It was getting late and we needed to begin the Death March back up to the vehicle.
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