Hen Wallow Falls
ElevationAscent: 855' 261 m
Descent: -855' -260 m
High: 2,874' 876 m
Low: 2,198' 670 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“A steady climb through the forest along Gabes Mountain Trail to the 90-foot, cascading Hen Wallow Falls.”— Amber Scott
The trail switchbacks steadily up the mountainside, ascending at a fairly consistent rate—you'll gain over 800ft climbing to the falls. It's well-marked, easy to follow, and other than a couple of social trails branching off occasionally, there aren't any major trail intersections prior to the waterfall access trail.
At just over 2.0 miles, you'll reach the signed junction with the Hen Wallow Falls Connector. Descend this short, steep spur trail to the foot of the falls. Enjoy the cascade (but only from the bottom—do NOT climb the rock face as it is slippery and could result in a dangerous fall!!), look for salamanders in the pool at the base, and, when you've had your fill, clamber back up the spur trail to Gabes Mountain Trail and proceed back down to the trailhead.
Footing along this trail can be tricky at times as there are loose rocks, abundant roots, and multiple narrow bridges that can get slippery when wet. Accessible year-round, the falls are flowing most spectacularly after rainfall and they can form beautiful ice formations in the winter—but watch your footing when the trail is wet or icy!
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Land Manager: NPS - Great Smoky Mountains National Park