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Cosby is in a quieter part of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

 

And for Cosby waterfalls, Hen Wallow Falls is one of the great waterfalls in the Smoky Mountains!

 

Best waterfalls in Cosby TN: Hen Wallow Falls hiking trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gabes Mountain Trail. Best cosby hike. Smokies travel blog

Hen Wallow Falls hiking trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gabes Mountain Trail. Best Cosby TN waterfalls. Best cosby hike. Smokies travel blog

 

This Smoky Mountains hike to waterfalls in Cosby will include hiking across log bridges, hiking through a forest, and more!

 

Best waterfalls in Cosby TN: Hen Wallow Falls hiking trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gabes Mountain Trail. Best cosby hike. Smokies travel blog

River cascades on Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Best waterfalls in Cosby TN: Hen Wallow Falls hiking trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gabes Mountain Trail. Best cosby hike. Smokies travel blog

Best waterfalls in Cosby TN: Hen Wallow Falls hiking trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gabes Mountain Trail. Best cosby hike. Smokies travel blog

Best waterfalls in Cosby TN: Hen Wallow Falls hiking trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gabes Mountain Trail. Best cosby hike. Smokies travel blog

 

 

 

 

Basics about the trail to Hen Wallow Falls

Gabes Mountain Trail to Hen Wallow Falls hiking trail. how long distance miles. how far, how much time. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gabes Mountain Trail. Smokies travel blog

 

You’ll take the Gabes Mountain Trail to get to Hen Wallow Falls.

The distance of this hiking trail to Hen Wallow Falls is around 4.4 miles round trip.

It’s officially recommended to give yourself 3-4 hours to complete the hike to Hen Wallow 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!

Your destination for google maps can be the Cosby picnic area or Cosby campground. If you’re coming from Gatlinburg, the drive to the Hen Wallow Falls Trail parking lot is around 30 minutes. 

 

 

No dogs on the trail to Hen Wallow Falls

Are dogs allowed on Hen Wallow Falls? Pet-friendly hiking trail in the Smoky Mountains? Smokies travel 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 Gabes Mountain Trail that takes you to Hen Wallow Falls.

 

 

Cosby picnic area

Hen Wallow Falls trail near cosby picnic area. Smokies travel blog

 

The start of the trail to Hen Wallow Falls is located right next to the Cosby picnic area. Bring your own food and you can have a nice picnic after your waterfall hike!

 

 

There are bears around Cosby

You will see a “bear-proof” heavy duty trash container at the trailhead parking lot, and all over the national park.

 

Bears near Gabes Mountain Trail, Hen Wallow Falls. cosby picnic area trash. smokies travel blog

 

If you utilize the picnic area by eating food, take extra care to pick up your food scraps and trash!

 

Bears near Gabes Mountain Trail, Hen Wallow Falls. smokies travel blog

Bears near Gabes Mountain Trail, Hen Wallow Falls. smokies travel blog
“A fed bear is a dead bear.” If bears start to recognize human food as bear food, they can become a serious threat to humans – to you! If that happens, a bear may have to be put to rest for good. This is why it’s said to be important that everyone does their part to pick up after themselves.

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is bear country!

 

 

Toilets at Hen Wallow Falls trailhead

Hen Wallow Falls trail bathroom, toilet. Smokies travel blog

 

There are bathroom facilities with flush toilets at the trailhead parking lot (aka at the Cosby picnic area).

 

 

Campground near Hen Wallow Falls

Hen Wallow Falls trail near cosby campground. Smokies travel blog

 

There’s the Cosby Campground, and that would be the campground that’s near Hen Wallow Falls. The campground is located a couple minutes drive (if that) from the start of the Gabes Mountain Trail.

This campground has modern bathrooms (flush toilets and sink) but no showers. (There aren’t showers at any of the campgrounds in the national park.)

 

 

Driving to the Hen Wallow Falls trailhead

So again, your destination for google maps can be the Cosby picnic area or Cosby campground. This will take you to the Cosby area of the national park.

 

Drive to Hen Wallow Falls trailhead road. How to get to Gabes Mountain Trail in Cosby TN. smokies travel blog

Drive to Hen Wallow Falls trailhead road. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cosby. How to get to Gabes Mountain Trail in Cosby TN. smokies travel blog

Drive to Hen Wallow Falls trailhead road. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cosby. How to get to Gabes Mountain Trail in Cosby TN. smokies travel blog

Drive to Hen Wallow Falls trailhead road. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cosby. How to get to Gabes Mountain Trail in Cosby TN. smokies travel blog

Drive to Hen Wallow Falls trailhead road. How to get to Gabes Mountain Trail in Cosby TN. smokies travel blog

 

Once you make the turn-off to enter the national park, it is on this road that you will pass the Gabes Mountain Trail and Hen Wallow Falls trailhead on your right. Shortly after that, you will see signs for the parking lot, and that’s where you’ll park. (If you keep driving further, you’ll end up at the Cosby campground.)

 

Hen Wallow Falls trailhead parking lot. Gabes Mountain Trail. smokies travel blog

Hen Wallow Falls trailhead parking lot. Gabes Mountain Trail. smokies travel blog

Hen Wallow Falls trailhead parking lot. Gabes Mountain Trail. smokies travel blog

 

 

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And now…

PHOTOS for a little bit of what to expect when hiking in Cosby on the trail to Hen Wallow Falls!

I hiked to Hen Wallow Falls in late September 2020. Pictures are from that time.

 

Hen Wallow Falls trailhead start location. Gabes Mountain Trail. smokies travel blog
Gabes Mountain Trail to Hen Wallow Falls, 2.1 miles away.
Gabes Mountain Trail to backcountry campsite #34, 4.8 miles away.
Gabes Mountain Trail to Maddron Bald Trail, 6.6 miles away.

 

Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Trail sign on Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog
Gabes Mountain Trail to Hen Wallow Falls, 1.7 miles to go.

 

Log bridge river crossing on Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Log bridge river crossing on Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Log bridge river crossing on Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

River, creek on Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Rocky trail on Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

tree roots on Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Trail sign on Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog
Gabes Mountain Trail to Hen Wallow Falls, 1.2 miles to go!

 

Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Trail sign for Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Trail sign for Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog
Almost to Hen Wallow Falls!

 

Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Hen Wallow Falls Trail on the Gabes Mountain Trail. Cosby Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

 

And you’ve made it to the waterfalls!

 

Arrival time at Hen Wallow Falls waterfalls. Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Kids safety at Hen Wallow Falls waterfalls. Tennessee TN. 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.

 

Hen Wallow Falls waterfalls: Best Cosby waterfalls in Smoky Mountains. Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Hen Wallow Falls waterfalls: Best Cosby waterfalls in Smoky Mountains. Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Hen Wallow Falls waterfalls river crossing. Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Hen Wallow Falls waterfalls river crossing. Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Hen Wallow Falls waterfalls: Best Cosby waterfalls in Smoky Mountains. Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Hen Wallow Falls waterfalls: Best Cosby waterfalls in Smoky Mountains. Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Hen Wallow Falls waterfalls: Best Cosby waterfalls in Smoky Mountains. Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

Hen Wallow Falls waterfalls: Best Cosby waterfalls in Smoky Mountains. Tennessee TN. Smokies travel blog

 

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

 

See about camping in the Smoky Mountains at Cosby Campground.

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

Popular scenic areas of the Smoky Mountains with waterfalls:

 

HAPPY HIKING TO SEE COSBY WATERFALLS!

 

Hen Wallow Falls hiking trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gabes Mountain Trail. Best Cosby TN waterfalls. Best cosby hike. 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