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.
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.
Prior to the rocky ascent, there is a smaller waterfall. The boys loved playing in it!
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.
How gorgeous is this!? We will definitely add Gentry Falls to our list to do again!