One of our favorite nearby hikes in The Falls Branch trail to Falls Branch Falls. The hike takes you to a magnificent waterfall in the middle of an enchanted forest of ferns, moss, and “hobbit” trees (we are big fans of Lord of the Rings!) Part of the trail is steep and can be difficult in wet conditions, so beware. The trail will cross the streamed in places, so be prepared for wet feet. The reward: 80-foot high Falls Branch Falls!
To reach the trailhead, head east on the Cherohala Skyway (TN 165) when leaving Tellico Kats. Travel about 8.5 miles beyond Indian Boundary Lake. Parking is on the left (north) side of the Skyway at the West Rattlesnake pull-off, with signs marking the trailheads for #87 and #196 at the west end of the parking lot. Falls Branch Trail is Cherokee National Forest Trail #87. The first mile of the Falls Branch Trail is easy; a short distance from the start, go to the left where Jeffrey Hell Trail goes to the right. The trail goes down into a gorge, and this part is not as easy. Entire trail length is 1.3 miles.
Learn about other area hikes in the Guide to Tellico Plains and have Telico Kats prepare a picnic lunch for your adventure!