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Lower Dennis Cove Falls

G Rating 3.0
WOW Factor 2

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Height: 10'


Distance: 3.0 mi (RT)



GPS and Map Details
Latitude:   36° 15.01' N
Longitude: 82° 5.981' W
Elevation:   ~2,800 ft
Face:         ~50° (NE)

Maps:  Topozone

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Lower Dennis Cove Falls


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Lower Dennis Cove Falls

Dennis Cove, Carter, Tennessee

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Lower Dennis Cove Falls

Lower Dennis Cove Falls (7/01/2006, 55 mm, f/29, 0.6 sec, ISO 100)


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.



Getting There

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 head up.


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 Laurel Falls.  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. 



Hike Details


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 waterfall.



Photo Tips

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 from the waterfall.  My lens was set all the way to 55 mm and I could have used more.


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