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The road that the hike to Baskins Creek Falls is located is one of the most popular scenic drives of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

For less visited Roaring Fork waterfalls, Baskins Creek Falls is one of the great waterfalls in the Smoky Mountains!

Smoky mountains waterfalls near gatlinburg tn without the crowds. less touristy. off-the-beaten path. Baskins Creek Trail waterfalls. Smoky Mountains waterfalls in Roaring Fork. Smokies travel blog

Less visited, less touristy, off beat waterfalls in Smoky Mountains: Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. roaring fork motor nature trail waterfalls hike near gatlinburg tn. Smokies travel blog

Less visited, less touristy, off beat waterfalls in Smoky Mountains: Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. roaring fork motor nature trail waterfalls hike near gatlinburg tn. Smokies travel blog

Less visited, less touristy, off beat waterfalls in Smoky Mountains: Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. roaring fork motor nature trail waterfalls hike near gatlinburg tn. Smokies travel blog

 

Despite being located in a popular and relatively convenient area, these waterfalls seem to be overlooked for its more popular neighbor waterfalls.

This Smoky Mountains hike to waterfalls on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail will include hiking through an area that was hit by wildfire, hiking through a forest, and more.

 

Less visited, less touristy, off beat hiking trail in Smoky Mountains: Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. roaring fork motor nature trail waterfalls hike near gatlinburg tn. Smokies travel blog

Less visited, less touristy, off beat hiking trail in Smoky Mountains: Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. roaring fork motor nature trail waterfalls hike near gatlinburg tn. Smokies travel blog

 

 

 

 

More pictures of the hiking trail below, but first…

 

Basics about the trail to Baskins Creek Falls

aka Baskins Falls

Baskins creek falls trail. how much time. how many miles distance. waterfalls hiking trail. smokies travel blog

 

Hills! You’ll likely mostly feel it on the way back, although it’s not too incredibly bad. This is an out-and-back hike, and on the way to the waterfalls is mostly downhill. This means that you’ll be hiking up on the way back.

You’ll take the Baskins Creek Trail to get to Baskins Falls.

The distance of this hiking trail to Baskins Creek Falls is around 3.2 miles round trip.

It’s recommended to give yourself 2 hours to complete the hike to Baskins Creek Falls. How much time you spend on the trail can depend on your fitness level, how many stops you make, and how long you spend at the waterfalls!

The trailhead is located on the popular scenic drive Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

If you’re coming from Gatlinburg, the drive to the Baskins Creek Trail is around 15 minutes. 

Your destination for google maps can be the Baskins Creek Trail trailhead if you will be driving the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail after the waterfall hike.

If you aren’t interested in the motor nature trail on the day you hike to Baskins Falls, then you may want to make your destination for google maps Rainbow Fall Bullhead Parking B, although you may not want to park directly there. (You may want to go a little past it.)

More on this parking situation below in a bit.

 

 

No dogs on the trail to Baskins Creek Falls

Baskins Creek Falls Trail - are dogs allowed? is this a pet-friendly hiking trail? smokies trail blog

 

In general, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is not a pet-friendly park when it comes to hiking trails. Pets are not allowed on the vast majority of hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains, and that includes the Baskins Creek Trail that takes you to Baskins Falls.

 

 

Toilets near Baskins Creek trailhead

toilet bathroom near Baskins Creek Falls Trail. smokies trail blog

 

There are basic no-flush toilets at the Rainbow Falls trailhead that you’ll pass as you’re driving to the Baskins Creek Trail.

 

 

Parking near Baskins Creek Trail

So with these waterfalls being quite close to Gatlinburg, I’m kind of surprised how little traffic Baskins Creek Falls seems to get compared to the other 2 popular waterfalls in the area. Being a 15 minute drive from Gatlinburg, it’s in a relatively convenient location.

But one of the downsides is that there is very limited parking directly around the trailhead. And anywhere nearby the trailhead really. 

But since the trail itself isn’t too incredibly long, even if you park a little further away, you can just think of it as a slightly longer waterfall hike that’s a part of the trail to the waterfalls! It will be a scenic walk on the road that’ll be added on to your hike!

 

walk roaring fork motor nature trail to start Baskins Creek Falls Trail - hiking in fog cloudy day. smokies trail blog

 

So, where you want to drive to for your hike to Baskins Falls may depend on what you want to do afterwards! 

Why?!

The Baskins Creek trailhead is located directly on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. This is a one way road, and it loops around in a not-so-direct way to take you back to Gatlinburg.

The Rainbow Falls trailhead, located shortly before you reach the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, is also located on a one-way road, but it’s right before the turn-off onto the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. This means that there’s a quicker loop back to Gatlinburg. (And people aren’t driving as slowly.)

 

 

There is a small parking area right next to the Baskins Creek trailhead

There is room for maybe 2-3 cars directly next to the Baskins Creek trailhead. This would be the most ideal place to park, if you are driving the motor nature trail afterwards.

 

Baskins Creek Falls Trail - trailhead parking on roaring fork motor nature trail. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls Trail - trailhead parking on roaring fork motor nature trail. smokies trail blog

 

But of course, 2-3 parking spaces is not a whole lot.

If there’s no parking here, your only option is to continue driving forward to the next (again, small) parking area up ahead. And if there’s no parking left there, after that, you probably will want to just give up because you might think it’s too much distance to add on to your hike!

And so, I actually think the “safest” thing to do if you are really interested in hiking to Baskins Falls, is to park near the Rainbow Falls trailhead or (more ideally) just before the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail begins. If there are parking spots available here, it will add on around 10-15 minutes round trip to your hike.

 

Parking for Baskins Creek Falls Trail - park near rainbow falls trail trailhead. smokies trail blog

Parking for Baskins Creek Falls Trail - park before driving on roaring fork motor nature trail. smokies trail blog

 

There are limited parking spots for a few cars right before you make the turn-off onto Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

 

Parking for Baskins Creek Falls Trail - park before driving on roaring fork motor nature trail. smokies trail blog

Parking for Baskins Creek Falls Trail - park before driving on roaring fork motor nature trail. smokies trail blog

Parking for Baskins Creek Falls Trail - park before driving on roaring fork motor nature trail. smokies trail blog

 

This may sound confusing if you’re not familiar with the roads, but looking at a map will make it less confusing, so have a look at the maps below for a better understanding! The one-way roads are noted on google maps with the arrows.

 

Map of Baskins Creek Falls Trail trailhead parking. smokies travel blog
On this map above, you see where the Baskins Creek trailhead is located. It turns into a one-way road heading east just past “Rainbow Fall Bullhead Parking B.” I think the most ideal spot to park will be right before it turns onto the one-way road to the Baskins Creek trailhead. Even this could be risky though, because if there’s no parking here, you just need to keep driving and hope for the best at the Baskins Creek Trail parking! Otherwise, the even “safer” approach could be to park where you find open spots closer to the Rainbow Falls trailhead!

 

Map of Baskins Creek Falls Trail trailhead parking to Gatlinburg TN on roaring fork motor nature trail. smokies travel blog
Parking right at Baskins Creek Trail means driving the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail back to Gatlinburg. Explore the map.

 

Map of Baskins Creek Falls Trail trailhead parking to Gatlinburg TN on cherokee orchard road. smokies travel blog
Parking before the turn onto Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail means you can drive Cherokee Orchard Road back to Gatlinburg which you can expect to be the quicker drive. Explore the map.

 

 

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And now…

PHOTOS for a little bit of what to expect when hiking in Roaring Fork on the trail to Baskins Creek Falls!

I hiked to Baskins Creek Falls in late September 2020. Pictures are from that time.

 

start Baskins Creek Falls Trail - hiking in fog cloudy day. smokies trail blog
Baskins Creek Trail connects to Trillium Gap Trail in 0.1 miles.
Baskins Creek Trail to Roaring Fork Road, 2.7 miles away. If you have hikers and non-hikers in your group, the hikers can also hike one way to another part of the Roaring Fork Road to meet up with the non-hikers who drive there! On google maps, this is to the Grapeyard Ridge Trail trailhead on Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, right near the Alex Cole Cabin. Hopefully you can find parking, though. Baskins Falls is a “side trail” along the way. Hiking from Baskins Creek trailhead to Baskins Falls to Roaring Fork Road is around 3.2 miles one way.

 

Baskins Creek Falls Trail - wildfire, burned trees forest in smoky mountains. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls Trail - wildfire, burned trees forest in smoky mountains. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail burned area wildfire trees - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail burned area wildfire trees - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail burned area wildfire trees - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail burned area wildfire trees - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail - hike to baskins cemetery. smokies trail blog
There’s a side trail to Baskins Creek Cemetery. I walked for around 5 minutes down this trail and didn’t see anything. Starting to go uphill and not knowing how far it was, I turned back around. So maybe it will be 15-20 minutes added on to your hike if you visit the cemetery.

 

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog

Baskins Creek Falls hiking trail - hike to baskins falls. smokies trail blog
The very last part there’s a steep downhill… so a steep uphill on the way back!

 

And… you’ve arrived at the waterfalls!

 

Baskins Creek Trail falls to Baskins Falls, arrival time at waterfalls. Smokies travel blog

Baskins Creek Trail falls to Baskins Falls, arrival time at waterfalls. Smokies travel blog

Baskins Creek Trail falls to Baskins Falls, arrival time at waterfalls. Smokies travel blog

Baskins Creek Trail falls to Baskins Falls, arrival time at waterfalls. Smokies travel blog

 

You can enjoy the view from the side you arrived at, and you can also (carefully!) make a water crossing to get to the other side for views of the waterfalls from a different angle.

If you’re climbing or stepping on any rocks, take care, as rocks can be slippery and/or unstable! It’s best to test out a rock or log to see if it moves before you put your full weight on it.

 

Baskins Creek Trail waterfalls. Smoky Mountains waterfalls near Gatlinburg TN in Roaring Fork. Smokies travel blog

Baskins Creek Trail waterfalls. Smoky Mountains waterfalls near Gatlinburg TN in Roaring Fork. Smokies travel blog

Baskins Creek Trail waterfalls. Smoky Mountains waterfalls near Gatlinburg TN in Roaring Fork. Smokies travel blog

Baskins Creek Trail waterfalls safety. Smoky Mountains waterfalls near Gatlinburg TN in Roaring Fork. Smokies travel blog

Baskins Creek Trail waterfalls safety. Smoky Mountains waterfalls near Gatlinburg TN in Roaring Fork. Smokies travel blog

Baskins Creek Trail waterfalls safety. Smoky Mountains waterfalls near Gatlinburg TN in Roaring Fork. Smokies travel blog

Baskins Creek Trail waterfalls. Smoky Mountains waterfalls near Gatlinburg TN in Roaring Fork. Smokies travel blog

Baskins Creek Trail waterfalls. Smoky Mountains waterfalls near Gatlinburg TN in Roaring Fork. Smokies travel blog

Baskins Creek Trail waterfalls. Smoky Mountains waterfalls near Gatlinburg TN in Roaring Fork. Smokies travel blog

Baskins Creek Trail waterfalls. Smoky Mountains waterfalls near Gatlinburg TN in Roaring Fork. Smokies travel blog

 

And that’s a bit of what it’s like on the hike to Baskins Falls!

 

See more waterfalls in the Roaring Fork area.

Be sure to see the list of more great waterfall hikes in the Smoky Mountains!

Another popular scenic area of the Smoky Mountains with waterfalls:

 

HAPPY HIKING TO SEE KIND OF OFF-THE-BEATEN PATH ROARING FORK WATERFALLS!

 

Smoky mountains waterfalls near gatlinburg tn without the crowds. less touristy. off-the-beaten path. Baskins Creek Trail waterfalls. Smoky Mountains waterfalls in Roaring Fork. Smokies travel blog

 

 

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Best shoes for hiking in the Smoky Mountains

You will want good shoes for hiking in the Smoky Mountains.

In general, the best shoes for hiking in the Smoky Mountains will be hiking boots (more ideal) or trail running shoes (more versatile for everyday activities compared to hiking boots but still will give you advantages compared to regular shoes).

I liked wearing my hiking boots for the thicker soles (good on rocky trails) and the waterproof (water resistant) nature of them.

They were especially helpful on rainy day hikes to keep my shoes (and socks!) dry! They are also better to be walking on mud compared to regular shoes.

On rougher terrain (like the trails that are a bit rougher with more rocks), hiking boots are more ideal so you won't feel it on the bottoms of your feet as much.

If you want shoes that can work out better as everyday "out and about" kind of shoes, then you might like trail running shoes better! Trail running shoes are a little more durable than regular shoes, so they can also work out as good hiking shoes. Trail running shoes are a bit lighter weight and less bulky compared to hiking boots.

Shoe fit is very important for your feet! Be sure to break in your new shoes by walking around the neighborhood and/or at the grocery store before you go on your "big hike" in the Smoky Mountains!

Shop for hiking boots: Merrell is popular and known as a good quality outdoor shoe brand for hiking

Shop for trail running shoes: Salomon is popular and known as a good quality outdoor shoe brand for trail running