This waterfall is another freebie in my book as it is on the way to the much
nicer Dennis Cove Falls.
More information on the Dennis Cove Recreation area and the nearby waterfalls
can be found here.
Drive east on U.S. 321 out of Hampton, Tennessee for 0.8 miles. Turn
right onto Dennis Cove Rd. The road is marked with a small, brown national
forest campground sign but it's easy to miss. It looks like you're turning
into a residential area and you are. Drive on through and the road will
Be prepared for a winding mountain road. I know. You're shocked.
About 4 miles from U.S. 321 will be a small parking area on the left side of
the road for the Appalachian Trail and
About 0.8 miles past this is the Dennis Cove Campground. Park here.
The trailhead is on the opposite side of Laurel Fork, which you crossed just
before turning into the campground. Hike back along the road, over the
bridge, and the trail to this waterfall and Dennis Cove Falls will be directly on your left.
See the write-up on the Dennis Cove Falls
hike. Lower Dennis Cove Falls is only a few hundred feet downstream of
the main falls, or just before you get there.
Again, the main hiking trail doesn't go to the base of Lower Dennis Cove falls so keep an eye out
for the small side trail going down just after you hear the roar of the
There is very little room for photography at the falls and composition
choices are few.
The waterfall faces northeast so late afternoon is best for good lighting.
I was there around 11:00 or so and had very harsh lighting conditions.
A normal-to-telephoto lens will be required as you are a reasonable distance
waterfall. My lens was set all the way to 55 mm and I could have used
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