Lessons From The Trail

Watch Your Step

Everyone enjoys daydreaming now and then – humorous thoughts, events from earlier in the day or something planned for tomorrow, the face of a beautiful woman…

That’s what happened to me on my last hike to Hen Wallow Falls, near Cosby, Tennessee. I was on my way back to the parking area, after enjoying the 90-foot tall waterfall, following a downhill trail with many small rocks – and, a significant amount of mud from recent rainfall.

Rather than paying close attention to every step, I allowed my mind to wander to pleasant thoughts of a lovely lady from Lisbon, Portugal. A second later, my feet were airborne and I landed on my keister in the mud – D’oh! 😂

Gabes Mountain Trail

Prints available. This black and white photograph features Gabes Mountain Trail, which leads to Hen Wallow Falls, located in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

Return To Hen Wallow Falls

With weather forecast to reach 60 degrees in Knoxville, Tennessee, I decided to wear shorts on a hike to Hen Wallow Falls, a 1.5 hour drive by car – forgetting that temperatures in mountain elevations are often much colder…whoops!

It was 34 degrees when I began my pre-sunrise hike of less than 5 miles out and back, along the Gabes Mountain Trail, through a hemlock and rhododendron (seasonal) forest. At 90-feet tall, I’d visited this waterfall once before, and soon recalled both the inclination and rough surface trail conditions.

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Hen Wallow Falls In The Smoky Mountains

Walking through a hemlock and rhododendron forest, I’d rate the hike to Hen Wallow Falls as moderately difficult. This 90′ waterfall is situated in the Smoky Mountains along the Gabes Mountain Trail, taking between 3-4 hours on a 4.2 mile round trip.

Because conditions on the trail are often rocky – or, covered extensively with tree roots – proper footwear is very important! More than the knees or calves, it’s always my feet which are most sore the next day, having hiked over such uneven surfaces:

Several signs are posted along the trail to help hikers find Hen Wallow Falls

Footbridges allow hikers to keep dry while crossing over several small streams –

Here’s some enjoyable landscape scenery you’ll encounter along the trail –

Finally, Hen Wallow Falls

Prints

You may not live near the Smoky Mountains, but you can nevertheless enjoy nature from your home or office with a print of Hen Wallow Falls. Please visit my gallery at Pixels to review several pleasant photographs from my hike.

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