Margarette Falls

Blue Ridge Mountains, Tennessee

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Margarette Falls


  • Margarette Falls is a beautiful 60-foot fan-shaped waterfall.- Margarette Falls
  • The trail to Margarette Falls.- Margarette Falls
  • Like the rest of the Cherokee Forest, the area around Margarette Falls is filled with lush, green forests.- Margarette Falls
  • Bailey Falls, an off-trail waterfall, is located in the area and a favorite among the locals.- Margarette Falls
  • Keep an eye out for forest friends along the way!- Margarette Falls
  • Located in the Cherokee National Forest, the trail to Margarette Falls is a local favorite for hiking, walking, and trail running.- Margarette Falls
  • The trail is beautiful year round. In the summer it is lush, green, and shaded, the perfect spot for escaping the summer sun.- Margarette Falls
  • The trail leading to the waterfall is moderate and filled with beauty.- Margarette Falls
  • Margarette Falls.- Margarette Falls
  • The trail to Margarette Falls is filled with cascades and tranquil pools that are perfect for cooling off on a hot and humid Tennessee day.- Margarette Falls
Overview + Weather
Wildflowers. Waterfalls. Pools to stay cool. History.
Blue Ridge Mountains, TN
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
600.00 ft (182.88 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,900.00 ft (579.12 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Margarette Falls is located in Greeneville, Tennessee, in the beautiful and lush Cherokee National Forest. Named after Margaret Doak, Margarette Falls is a 60-foot fan-shaped waterfall, making it one of the most unique falls in the state of Tennessee.

As you make your way up the trail, try to imagine the yesteryears of the area, a once-booming logging community. The area once contained multiple buildings that made up the logging camp and a railroad that carried logs down to the nearby city of Greeneville.

The first half-mile of the trail will take you on an easy stroll down a closed service road. However, once leaving the road, the trail difficulty increases and includes multiple water crossings. The hike is only 3 miles round trip and is filled with spots to explore or cool off in the mountain stream. You'll find yourself surrounded by impressive geological features, wildflowers during warmer months, and possibly wildlife. In the fall, the trail fills with bursts of color. In winter, the snow and frozen waterfall transform the area into a wonderland.

The hike to Margarette Falls is the perfect adventure for hikers and trail runners year round. It's the perfect spot for a quick local getaway with your dog or a day trip with family and friends. Regardless of when you visit, take time to truly enjoy the area. Relax by the stream, dip your feet in, have a picnic by the waterfall, and enjoy your time there. Explore the nooks and crannies, because one of Tennessee's most breathtakingly captivating treasures is hidden in a corner of the forest. If you make friends with a local, they might just take you for a tour of it!

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