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Gee Creek Falls

Gee Creek Falls

This short hike takes visitors to a small but popular waterfall.  This trail lies almost entirely inside the congressionally designated Gee Creek Wilderness.  Trail length to the falls is just over 1 mile from the trailhead, making it a 2 mile roundtrip hike.  

When you get to the falls(at one mile)  you can cross the river and continue to follow the trail along the creek.  If you count the number of times you cross the river  (including the first crossing on the bridge), you will cross the stream eight times before the trail will disappear and you will have to turn back.  This is a beautiful hike that follows the creek the entire way.  You will see huge boulders and lush vegetation along the way. The concrete structures you see along the way were at one time used for mining quartz in the area.

Recreational Opportunities

Hiking and photography within the Gee Creek Wildnerness area.  This is a hiking only trail.  Recreation in congressionally designated Wilderness is intended to be primitive in nature. Group size is limited to 12 people.  For more information about congressionally designated Wilderness, please visit  Overnight camping in this Wilderness is not permitted.

Seasons Accessible

Year round except after heavy snowfalls.

How to Get There

When traveling on Hwy 411 North from Benton turn right on Gee Creek Road (you will see Volunteer Federal on your left).  There is a road sign along the way that says "Gee Creek Wilderness."

After crossing the railroad tracks, bear right onto Wetmore Springs Road.  This road will follow the RR tracks for about 1.3 miles then will veer sharply left and away from them. Upon entering the Cherokee National Forest the road surface will change to gravel and be designated at FS Road 2013.  Remain on this road and you will see the Gee Creek information board and trail head sign take Gee Creek  trail #191.   

Fees: none

 ADA Accessibility Notes

Not ADA accessable.  It is an easy to moderate hike but does include water crossings.  Because the trail is within a wilderness area there is the possibility of downed trees or limbs across the trail.

 Pet Friendly Notes

No restrictions.

For More Information, Contact:

UDAD Forest Service

USDA Forest Service
3171 Hwy 64, Benton, TN 37307

Nancy A. Dalton wrote on June 27, 2013: This is a beautiful short hike & the Falls is lovely & exciting.

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Latitude: 35.246913000
Longitude: -84.540460000
Elevation: 911 FT (278 M)
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