Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Coon Den Falls

This beautiful 50' waterfall is located in the Dennis Cove area of Carter County, TN. While the hike is short (1/2 mile), it's fairly steep. I'd say this is a moderately difficult trail. You pass a smaller waterfall on the way up, but unfortunately it's covered with fallen trees, but just a little further and you arrive at the main attraction. This is one of those destinations that doesn't get very much attention. Most people traveling into Dennis Cove are there to hike to Laurel Falls or to go to the Dennis Cove Campground. Next time you're out that way, be sure to take a short side trail to see this beautiful sight for yourself. Click here, here, here and here for more information and photos.

Directions: Hampton, TN is located between cities of Elizabethton and Roan Mountain on Highway 19E. Once in Hampton, turn north onto route 321/67 toward Mountain City. Drive 0.8 miles and turn right immediately in front of the Citizen's Bank onto Dennis Cove Road. Take this incredibly curvy and steep road for 4.6 miles. (If you're familiar with the area, the trail to Coon Den Falls is 0.6 miles past the trailhead/parking area for Laurel Falls). There is no established parking area for Coon Den, so be on the look out on the right side for blue slashes and a small brown trail sign. If you get to the Dennis Cove Campground, you've gone too far, go back 0.2 miles.


  1. Ooooo, thanks for the info, haven't been to Laurel Falls either.....both will go on my list!!

  2. I went here today also went to the upper dennis cove falls. Very pretty coon den falls I enjoyed the falls for about 30 minutes after that steep and somewhat slippery hike up to it.
    Your directions were perfect!

  3. Visited here yesterday in the snow. It was beautiful! Thank you for the great directions. We will be referring to your blog for more great hiking ideas.


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