DATE:
7-11-2021

Out & Back
~ 4.5 miles

ELEVATION GAIN:
~ 613 ft

LOCATION:
Laurel Bloomery, TN
(near Mountain City)

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There is nothing like a beautiful waterfall hike on a hot summer day. Throw in multiple creek crossings along the way and it makes a perfect trek for kids! Our boys love hikes with creek crossings. Each crossing makes them forget that they are completing a nearly 5 mile trail. Gentry Creek Falls is well worth the hike to get to it. You will listen to sounds of the bustling creek throughout the entire journey. There is even a bonus waterfall before you reach the main attraction. The trail is very well maintained with blue blazes the entire way. Due to the beautiful tree coverage and icy cold water, Gentry Creek Falls is the perfect choice for a sweltering hot afternoon.

From our house in Johnson City, Apple Maps calculated a 1 hour and 50 minute drive. This was an incorrect calculation as it only took 1 hour and 15 minutes. The error in time was likely due to the end of the GPS directions being incorrect on both Apple Maps and Google maps. Toward the end of the GPS directions, it will instruct you to turn onto Pete Greever Rd. Do not turn there. Continue straight onto a narrow forrest road. There will be signage the entire way up to the parking lot of the falls.

The parking lot is a decent size with a clearly marked trail head.

Be prepared to get wet on this hike. The reviews say that there are up to 30 water crossings along the way. This is entirely dependent on the amount of rainfall prior to your hike. We counted 16 crossings when we went, but we also crossed small dry creek beds multiple times. The water was never above knee deep for us. Again, this depends a lot on rainfall the week prior. A few crossings had stones placed so that you could cross without getting wet, but many did not. So good shoes are a must! We wore our Keen Solr sandals and the boys wore their Keen stingray sandals.

creek crossing
more creek crossings

The trail is mostly flat with a bit of a climb at the very end. It was not a scramble, but it was very rocky. The boys navigated it without a problem, however a toddler might need some help. So, I probably would not choose this trail if it were just me with multiple children under 5. I would feel more secure with a 1:1 parent to toddler ratio.

scramble

Prior to the rocky ascent, there is a smaller waterfall. The boys loved playing in it!

Lower Gentry Falls
Lower Genrty Falls 2

The end of the trail with the large waterfall is not far from there. There is a decent size clearing at the base of the waterfall that is perfect to take a break and have snacks or lunch. There was no one else there for the hour we were at the falls on a Sunday afternoon. We only saw a couple people going in and out the whole time we were there.

Genty Creek Falls waterfall

How gorgeous is this!? We will definitely add Gentry Falls to our list to do again!

Nature finds to look for:

DISCLAIMER: We use the “Picture This” app to help identify plants we find along the trail combined with our own nature books and study. We are by no means experts and might get it wrong sometimes! Please do not take any of our suggestions as text book or ingest anything based on what we share. Our nature finds are also based on the season in which we did our hike. If you hike the same trail in a different season, you might find totally different plants. If you notice any mistakes in our identification, please feel free to contact us and let us know so we can update it ASAP! Thank you and happy exploring!