Coon Den Falls and Appalachian Trail Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,008' 307 m
Descent: -1,004' -306 m
High: 3,487' 1,063 m
Low: 2,517' 767 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)
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“A nice run with a reward of a beautiful waterfall.”— Daniel Dotten
Snow during the winter months makes the rocky sections along this steep run quite slippery.
After about 1.6 miles on the AT, you'll reach the junction for Coon Den Falls Trail which will head off to the left. The Coon Den Falls Trail may be a bit overgrown at the top and there are some trees across the trail as well. But the trail is still easy to follow with the blue blazes making the way. Descending this trail can be a bit challenging, but not too hard near the top where you initially descend.
You'll reach the Coon Den Falls Spur after a little less than a mile of running. The falls themselves are awesome. You get a good look at what are actually two sets of falls; you can get right to the base of the falls, and if you are adventurous, even under the water. The portion of the Coon Den Falls Trail below the falls is steep in some areas but not hard.
After Coon Den Falls Trail ends at Dennis Cove Road, turn left on the road and run the 0.3 miles back to the parking lot. The road is a narrow two lane that has very little in the way of a shoulder. Thankfully, there is often very little traffic.
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