Cherokee National Forest and Bald River Falls

The Cherokee National Forest is located in Monroe County in east Tennessee. It is just south of the Smokies. Bald River Falls is an 80' to 100' waterfall that is visible from the road.
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1 Bald River Falls is located in Cherokee National Forest in eastern Tennessee.
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Bald River Falls is located in Cherokee National Forest in eastern Tennessee. map...

Bald River Falls is located in Cherokee National Forest in eastern Tennessee. map... 2991
2 <strong>Bald River Falls</strong> is easily accesible from the road, it is one of the few waterfalls that can be viewed from your car! This beautiful waterfall can be enjoyed by everyone. It is located in the Cherohala National Forest (it is pronounced...

Bald River Falls is easily accesible from the road, it is one of the few waterfalls that can be viewed from your car! This beautiful waterfall can be enjoyed by everyone. It is located in the Cherohala National Forest (it is pronounced...

Bald River Falls is easily accesible from the road, it is one of the few waterfalls that can be viewed from your car! This beautiful waterfall can be enjoyed by everyone. It is located in the Cherohala National Forest (it is pronounced: chair-o-HAY-la because it is a combination of Cherokee and Nantahala). 4932
3 Bald River Falls is one of the easiest waterfalls to see in the state of Tennessee! You don't even have to leave your car, but I don't advise it! This photo was taken 2 days after a heavy rain. I had a hard time getting photos because of the wind blowi...

Bald River Falls is one of the easiest waterfalls to see in the state of Tennessee! You don't even have to leave your car, but I don't advise it! This photo was taken 2 days after a heavy rain. I had a hard time getting photos because of the wind blowi...

Bald River Falls is one of the easiest waterfalls to see in the state of Tennessee! You don't even have to leave your car, but I don't advise it! This photo was taken 2 days after a heavy rain. I had a hard time getting photos because of the wind blowing the heavy spray. 2174
4 The Bridge above the Bald River Falls requires a moderate hike above the parking lot.

The Bridge above the Bald River Falls requires a moderate hike above the parking lot.

The Bridge above the Bald River Falls requires a moderate hike above the parking lot. 2161
5 The Cherokee National Forest uses Trail numbers on the hiking signs. If you decide to hike there, be sure and get a good trail map. #87 is the trail to Fall Branch Falls. The trailhead starts from a parking area on the Cherohala Skyway.

The Cherokee National Forest uses Trail numbers on the hiking signs. If you decide to hike there, be sure and get a good trail map. #87 is the trail to Fall Branch Falls. The trailhead starts from a parking area on the Cherohala Skyway.

The Cherokee National Forest uses Trail numbers on the hiking signs. If you decide to hike there, be sure and get a good trail map. #87 is the trail to Fall Branch Falls. The trailhead starts from a parking area on the Cherohala Skyway. 1997
6 My friend Charlie, his dog Tootsie, and I went to Cherokee National Forest in October 2006 to photograph the spectacular fall foliage. He took me to Fall Branch Falls, an area that I had never seen. It is a short hike, but in some areas it is quite ste...

My friend Charlie, his dog Tootsie, and I went to Cherokee National Forest in October 2006 to photograph the spectacular fall foliage. He took me to Fall Branch Falls, an area that I had never seen. It is a short hike, but in some areas it is quite ste...

My friend Charlie, his dog Tootsie, and I went to Cherokee National Forest in October 2006 to photograph the spectacular fall foliage. He took me to Fall Branch Falls, an area that I had never seen. It is a short hike, but in some areas it is quite steep and slick. At the lower end of the trail we had to go through this huge broken rock. The next photo will show what Charlie was using as a handhold! 1894
7 This was Charlie's handhold! I was amazed to see how this tree was growing on the side of the broken rock. It <u>really</u> wanted to live!

This was Charlie's handhold! I was amazed to see how this tree was growing on the side of the broken rock. It really wanted to live!

This was Charlie's handhold! I was amazed to see how this tree was growing on the side of the broken rock. It really wanted to live! 1839
8 <strong>Fall Branch Falls</strong> is a lovely 80-foot waterfall at the end of a 1.5 mile hike. The cascades below the falls added to the beauty of the view, but it was difficult to negotiate the slick rocks and trees with my tripod! I still got a bad ...

Fall Branch Falls is a lovely 80-foot waterfall at the end of a 1.5 mile hike. The cascades below the falls added to the beauty of the view, but it was difficult to negotiate the slick rocks and trees with my tripod! I still got a bad ...

Fall Branch Falls is a lovely 80-foot waterfall at the end of a 1.5 mile hike. The cascades below the falls added to the beauty of the view, but it was difficult to negotiate the slick rocks and trees with my tripod! I still got a bad light "burnout" on the upper part of the falls! 3344
9 The trailhead to the <strong>Cow Camp Trail</strong> is one of the most unusual I have ever seen! My friend, Debbie, and I had to step over the guardrail to get to the steps when we hiked here.

The trailhead to the Cow Camp Trail is one of the most unusual I have ever seen! My friend, Debbie, and I had to step over the guardrail to get to the steps when we hiked here.

The trailhead to the Cow Camp Trail is one of the most unusual I have ever seen! My friend, Debbie, and I had to step over the guardrail to get to the steps when we hiked here. 2045
10 These stumps on the Cow Camp trail are from old American Chestnut trees that died over 70 years ago when a fungus attacked the trees.

These stumps on the Cow Camp trail are from old American Chestnut trees that died over 70 years ago when a fungus attacked the trees.

These stumps on the Cow Camp trail are from old American Chestnut trees that died over 70 years ago when a fungus attacked the trees. 3276
11 Tellico River rapids

Tellico River rapids

Tellico River rapids 3903
12 Telliquah wall sign

Telliquah wall sign

Telliquah wall sign 2352
13 Rocks from the Telliquah wall

Rocks from the Telliquah wall

Rocks from the Telliquah wall 1963
14 Beautiful cascades in the Tellico river on the way to the waterfall.

Beautiful cascades in the Tellico river on the way to the waterfall.

Beautiful cascades in the Tellico river on the way to the waterfall. 1647
15 Many of the river rocks in the Cherokee National Forest have large holes worn in them from smaller rocks rubbing against them. In Norway these are called "Trolls' Cooking Pots"!

Many of the river rocks in the Cherokee National Forest have large holes worn in them from smaller rocks rubbing against them. In Norway these are called "Trolls' Cooking Pots"!

Many of the river rocks in the Cherokee National Forest have large holes worn in them from smaller rocks rubbing against them. In Norway these are called "Trolls' Cooking Pots"! 2019
16 Bald River Falls during a drought. Even at a low water level, the falls are beautiful. The moss on the rocks was visible this time. This was a hot July afternoon and the place was crawling with people, I don't know how I managed to get this shot withou...

Bald River Falls during a drought. Even at a low water level, the falls are beautiful. The moss on the rocks was visible this time. This was a hot July afternoon and the place was crawling with people, I don't know how I managed to get this shot withou...

Bald River Falls during a drought. Even at a low water level, the falls are beautiful. The moss on the rocks was visible this time. This was a hot July afternoon and the place was crawling with people, I don't know how I managed to get this shot without anyone in it! A few minutes later, the middle ledge had a group of people frolicking on it. 2975
17 A close-up shot of the Moss and drips at Bald River Falls during the 2008 drought. I enjoy photographing water trying to capture its movement ad power.

A close-up shot of the Moss and drips at Bald River Falls during the 2008 drought. I enjoy photographing water trying to capture its movement ad power.

A close-up shot of the Moss and drips at Bald River Falls during the 2008 drought. I enjoy photographing water trying to capture its movement ad power. 1740
18 I had long wanted to see Bald River Falls with ice, finally in mid-January 2009 we had sustained below-freezing temperatures for long enough to allow that to happen. I took this photo below the bridge. The trees on the right of the photo are covered in...

I had long wanted to see Bald River Falls with ice, finally in mid-January 2009 we had sustained below-freezing temperatures for long enough to allow that to happen. I took this photo below the bridge. The trees on the right of the photo are covered in...

I had long wanted to see Bald River Falls with ice, finally in mid-January 2009 we had sustained below-freezing temperatures for long enough to allow that to happen. I took this photo below the bridge. The trees on the right of the photo are covered in rime ice from the freezing spray that blows from the falls. 1660
19 A kayaker takes the plunge down Baby Falls. The rivers, lakes, trails, and roads of Cherokee National Forest provide plenty of recreational opportunities to those who want to take advantage of them!

A kayaker takes the plunge down Baby Falls. The rivers, lakes, trails, and roads of Cherokee National Forest provide plenty of recreational opportunities to those who want to take advantage of them!

A kayaker takes the plunge down Baby Falls. The rivers, lakes, trails, and roads of Cherokee National Forest provide plenty of recreational opportunities to those who want to take advantage of them! 1965
20 Kenny and I were amazed to see these kayakers at Baby Falls on the coldest day of the winter (1-16-09)! The high that day was in the mid-20's! I had the wide-angle lens on my camera and had to shoot quickly to get this shot.

Kenny and I were amazed to see these kayakers at Baby Falls on the coldest day of the winter (1-16-09)! The high that day was in the mid-20's! I had the wide-angle lens on my camera and had to shoot quickly to get this shot.

Kenny and I were amazed to see these kayakers at Baby Falls on the coldest day of the winter (1-16-09)! The high that day was in the mid-20's! I had the wide-angle lens on my camera and had to shoot quickly to get this shot. 1586
21 The young men from a church group celebrate a fun day with a jump off Baby Falls! :)

The young men from a church group celebrate a fun day with a jump off Baby Falls! :)

The young men from a church group celebrate a fun day with a jump off Baby Falls! :) 1935
22 The rock climbers moved on to Baby Falls and took a quick slide into the pool below. These guys were smart and wore life vests, a fellow drowned in a local lake when he jumped from a cliff the same weekend.

The rock climbers moved on to Baby Falls and took a quick slide into the pool below. These guys were smart and wore life vests, a fellow drowned in a local lake when he jumped from a cliff the same weekend.

The rock climbers moved on to Baby Falls and took a quick slide into the pool below. These guys were smart and wore life vests, a fellow drowned in a local lake when he jumped from a cliff the same weekend. 1777
23 A girl jumps from a cliff near Baby Falls. Cliff jumping can be dangerous, sometimes deadly. Hidden rocks below the water can kill or seriously injure a person. Some of these people were doing back flips off this cliff, one wrong hit on the water could...

A girl jumps from a cliff near Baby Falls. Cliff jumping can be dangerous, sometimes deadly. Hidden rocks below the water can kill or seriously injure a person. Some of these people were doing back flips off this cliff, one wrong hit on the water could...

A girl jumps from a cliff near Baby Falls. Cliff jumping can be dangerous, sometimes deadly. Hidden rocks below the water can kill or seriously injure a person. Some of these people were doing back flips off this cliff, one wrong hit on the water could be their last. 2351
24 A church youth group was learning to rock climb on this cliff at Cherokee National Forest.

A church youth group was learning to rock climb on this cliff at Cherokee National Forest.

A church youth group was learning to rock climb on this cliff at Cherokee National Forest. 1731
25 I saw a group of rock climbers at Cherokee National Forest near Bald River Falls and stopped to get a photo. This young man was "learning the ropes" of rock climbing (pun intended!).

I saw a group of rock climbers at Cherokee National Forest near Bald River Falls and stopped to get a photo. This young man was "learning the ropes" of rock climbing (pun intended!).

I saw a group of rock climbers at Cherokee National Forest near Bald River Falls and stopped to get a photo. This young man was "learning the ropes" of rock climbing (pun intended!). 1649
26 The <strong>Cherohala Skyway</strong> is entered from Tellico Plains, TN. The skyway goes up to elevations of over 6,000 feet. The views of the valleys and surrounding mountains are spectacular. The beautiful autumn colors add to the lovely vistas.

The Cherohala Skyway is entered from Tellico Plains, TN. The skyway goes up to elevations of over 6,000 feet. The views of the valleys and surrounding mountains are spectacular. The beautiful autumn colors add to the lovely vistas.

The Cherohala Skyway is entered from Tellico Plains, TN. The skyway goes up to elevations of over 6,000 feet. The views of the valleys and surrounding mountains are spectacular. The beautiful autumn colors add to the lovely vistas. 1903
27 We got lucky and picked a perfect weekend to drive the Cherohala Skyway up to North Carolina! This road goes to Robbinsville, North Carolina. It is very popular with motorcyclists.

We got lucky and picked a perfect weekend to drive the Cherohala Skyway up to North Carolina! This road goes to Robbinsville, North Carolina. It is very popular with motorcyclists.

We got lucky and picked a perfect weekend to drive the Cherohala Skyway up to North Carolina! This road goes to Robbinsville, North Carolina. It is very popular with motorcyclists. 1924
28 Cherohala Skyway fall view.

Cherohala Skyway fall view.

Cherohala Skyway fall view. 1836
29 <strong>Indian Boundary Lake</strong> as seen from the Cherohala Skyway.

Indian Boundary Lake as seen from the Cherohala Skyway.

Indian Boundary Lake as seen from the Cherohala Skyway. 2612
30 Our friend Rod, is checking out <strong>Indian Boundary Lake</strong>. There is a 2-mile hiking trail that follows the lake bank.

Our friend Rod, is checking out Indian Boundary Lake. There is a 2-mile hiking trail that follows the lake bank.

Our friend Rod, is checking out Indian Boundary Lake. There is a 2-mile hiking trail that follows the lake bank. 3519
31 If you visit the Cherokee National Forest, be sure and drive on one of the backroads. There won't be as much traffic and the views are fabulous!

If you visit the Cherokee National Forest, be sure and drive on one of the backroads. There won't be as much traffic and the views are fabulous!

If you visit the Cherokee National Forest, be sure and drive on one of the backroads. There won't be as much traffic and the views are fabulous! 2015

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