Northeast Tennessee Waterfalls

A blog dedicated to Tennessee waterfalls in the Mountain Empire. There will be a few from Virginia & North Carolina too.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Red Fork Falls

This is Red Fork Falls in Unicoi County, not too far from Beauty Spot on Unaka Mtn.

DIRECTIONS: Take exit 23 off of Interstate 26. Turn south (right) at the town of Unicoi. Drive 0.8 miles to state road 107. Turn left (eastward) and go 7.6 miles, then turn right on Unaka Mountain Road. After 0.7 miles the road turns to gravel. Drive another 0.5 miles and park at an undesignated turnout by a 4WD road. Hike down this road. You'll reach the creek quickly and have to ford it, and then do it again in 100 feet. Follow the path to the top of the falls, though the path is not very clear in the beginning. A fairly steep short path is to the left of the falls and takes you to the base. Don't go to the brink of the falls. Many have and many have died. There are also lots of smaller cascades above and below these falls.


  • At 1:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This is a wonderful place.

  • At 9:33 PM , Blogger Farmer Stevie said...

    I slipped on an ice covered rock into the water and fell off Red Fork Falls. It took the Unicoi County "rescue" squad over 4 hours to pull me out of the pool below the Falls. I'm lucky .. it was only a fractured femur.

  • At 10:31 PM , Blogger Morgan said...

    Thanks for these directions, but they are a little wrong. It's exit 32, then you turn left off the exit, then right at the town. The unaka mt road never turns to gravel, and the parking place is right before a guys house. The area is beautiful and the water is crystal clear, but there are several branching trails that are not marked and can be confusing. My cousin, sister, and I had a wonderful time there and would love to go back again.

  • At 9:57 AM , Blogger Ironhead said...

    It use to be exit 23 when they counted it from the NC line.
    Now they count it from the VA line


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