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Upper Meigs Falls

December 25, 2011

Giles is now working night shift so we have had a lot more hiking opportunities together which we are thoroughly enjoying. For his first morning off we hiked to Upper Meigs Falls. The hike to the Falls  is a total of 3.6 miles round trip and the great thing about this hike is that it’s a 2-in-1. At the very beginning of the Meigs Creek trailhead you are able to see the Sinks (pictured below). This is a roadside waterfall about 12 miles from the Sugarlands Visitor Center. It is not known for its height but rather for the significant volume of plunging water in a section of the river that is 70ft. wide.

After a few minutes admiring the Sinks, Giles and I headed off to our final destination – Upper Meigs Falls. It only took us about 50 minutes to reach the falls on what I would describe as a moderate hike. There was a slight elevation, but nothing terribly challenging. The main thing to know about this hike is that you will have to ‘forge’ 4 creeks and we found a hiking stick to be helpful (especially for this off balance pregnant woman). Waterproof shoes are a plus, but if you’re careful you can make it across dry without them.

And here is your final destination – Upper Meigs Falls. We enjoyed a quiet lunch by ourselves and a nice cup of steaming hot chocolate while experiencing the thrill of the waterfall.

I enjoyed this hike for some nice views of the mountains, the isolation on the trail, and of course the beautiful waterfalls. Be aware that if you are visiting the Smokies you will often be directed to go to Laurel Falls, but because this is a common suggestion the trail can be very congested. Take my advice and visit some of the other falls in the park first, such as Upper Meigs, especially if you are looking to get away from the crowds and enjoy nature!

Bottom-line: If you are a hiker of average speed give yourself about 2 hours to get to Upper Meigs Falls and about 20 minutes or longer to enjoy your journey.

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