Gee Creek Trail Gee Creek Wilderness, TN
There And
Back Again
Gee Creek Trail

Explore a beautiful mountain creek as you hike deeper into a gorge for a quick adventure in the Cherokee National Forest along the Gee Creek Trail. This hike follows the the creek most of the way, passing many small waterfalls and cascades tumbling over moss covered rocks before reaching the larger Twin Falls in under a mile. This is a great hike to top off your positive energy levels.

From the trailhead, follow the sign for the Gee Creek Trail. You'll hike along an old road bed for the first section before you cross the creek by way of a bridge. Along the way, several small side trails head down to the creek if you feel like exploring. There are a few blazes along the way but you really don't need them to stay on the main trail.

The entirety of this trail is very rocky, but otherwise not difficult with one exception. When you come to a series of small waterfalls, the trail continues along a tight rock ledge. There's no crazy drop off but more of a few narrow paths along the bare rock. This can be challenging for some people and some dogs, especially if it's wet and rainy.

As you continue the gorge walls slowly close in around the creek and you'll hike past several large rock formations. You'll also pass remnants of a mining operation including a long concrete water diverter in the creek. At 0.8 miles the trail crosses a series of angled rock and crosses the creek in front of Twin Falls. The two waterfalls drop into a large pool perfect for taking a dip on a hot summer day.

The Gee Creek Trail continues past here on the left of the falls but becomes more difficult, less maintained and crosses the creek several more times without bridges. The creek is no less beautiful past this point but there are no larger waterfalls beyond Twin Falls. This hike turns around at the falls but if you want to explore more, continue on.

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Elevation Map Length (miles) by Elevation (feet)
Slope Breakdown
Elevation Gain
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Elevation Gain
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
0.4 mi
50 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.3 mi
103 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
336 ft
37 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
213 ft
35 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
295 ft
84 ft
For out-and-back hikes, elevation loss is the same as the gain.
Terrain Map Click to control map
0.0 mi
0.0 mi - Trailhead
0.47 mi
0.47 mi - Cross Bridge
0.61 mi
0.61 mi - Stay Right The trail looks like it splits but to the left the path quickly fades out crossing over the creek.
0.71 mi
0.71 mi - Rock Ledge and Waterfalls Pass along a steep rock wall by a narrow ledge, climbing above a series of small waterfalls.
0.8 mi
0.8 mi - Twin Falls
length1.6 miles
difficulty3.2 Easy
duration1 hour
trail typeThere And Back Again
elevation gain280 ft.
state Tennessee 
park/forestGee Creek Wilderness
Cherokee National Forest
ranger districtOcoee Ranger District
3171 Highway 64
Benton, TN 37307
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 35.246989, -84.540292 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°14.82, W 84°32.42 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 35°14'49'', N 35°14'49'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
35.246989, -84.540292 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°14.82, W 84°32.42 most GPS units use this one
N 35°14'49'', N 35°14'49'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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There is a short section of gravel road before the trailhead. There is one bump that lower ground-clearance vehicles should navigate around, otherwise it's fine.
Parking Capacity
5-10 vehicles.
The trail is extremely rocky and one short section is a narrow rock ledge. Be careful, especially when wet.
If you continue past the falls there are several creek crossings that are somewhat difficult with steep angled rocks and slick moss covered rocks.
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5 (1)
hikethesouth-4 years ago
Short and Rocky Trail Along Beautiful Creek
This is really a hidden gem. A short hike along a beautiful creek. I don't think there is any part of the hike you can't hear the water. Plenty of side trails to get down and explore the creek. Lots of little waterfalls and the waterfall at the end is real nice. Very rocky but that makes it more interesting. Only one difficult part before the falls. If you go past the falls it gets more difficult, especially the stream crossings.
Easy | Hiked Fall 2019
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