Along the northern edge of 10,000 acre Rocky Fork in Unicoi County, TN is a small, tumbling stream with numerous waterfalls. I've previously visited the beautiful 100' main falls (click here), but there are five more falls to see there -- if you're adventuresome. The main trail is in good shape --but there really aren't well established side-trails down to the individual falls. Hopefully with the recent purchase of Rocky Fork by The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Forest Service, improvements can be made to make this magnificent area more accessible to hikers. As a side note, I'd like to cast my vote to keep four wheelers out of this particular section of Rocky Fork in order to help preserve this remote and fragile and unspoiled place. It's a mile hike to the main falls, and then about a half mile or so further to the fourth waterfall pictured above. With the water now up, the two creek crossings may be a little tricky. The fourth falls is the second largest of the bunch -- it was hard to capture its size so I was glad when Jeremiah volunteered to climb part way up the 50' falls for some photos [Click photos to enlarge]. The other one, on the right, is the third waterfall - smaller, but still beautiful. For more pictures and helpful descriptions, click here and here.
Directions: Take I-26 to the Temple Hill exit #43 just south of Erwin and then turn right onto the old Asheville Highway (19/23), after 3/4 mile, turn right onto Lower Higgins Creek Road and drive 1.5 miles till you reach a dead end. There's a clearing where you can park. The trail is actually an old logging road which begins to the left over a rickety, old wooden bridge. While there are No Trespassing signs all around, there is not one at the trail head. The waterfall is about a mile in on your right. The trail has a moderate grade, with the exception of the last quarter mile, when it becomes steep. You'll be able to see the waterfall down a treacherous 100 foot slope to your right. It's best to visit in the spring or fall, as the steep descent to the falls is made even more difficult when the slope is completely overgrown. Continue on the main trail for another half mile or so to discover more waterfalls.