Bald River Falls, Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee, USA.
Bald River Falls plunges 90 feet in Bald River Gorge Wilderness, Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee, USA. Directions: from the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in the town of Tellico Plains in Monroe County, TN, drive 4.5 miles east on the Cherohala Skyway (SR-165 or TN 165); then turn right on Tellico River Road (FS Road 210) for 7 miles to see Bald River Falls from an overpass and limited parking area. More: At the upper end of the parking lot, walk on FS Trail 88 a short way upstream of Bald River Falls to see Kahuna Falls and Bald River Cascades. During the early 1900s, the forests of the Bald River and Tellico River basins were almost completely logged by the Babcock Lumber Company. The present Tellico River Road was built on the old logging railroad bed built by Babcock. Long in planning since 1958, the Cherohala Skyway opened to automobile traffic in 1996 – a new National Scenic Byway. The 43-mile paved Skyway climbs over 4000 feet, starting at elevation 900 feet along Tellico River on SR-165 in Tennessee, reaching 5400 feet on the slopes of Haw Knob in North Carolina, and descending as Highway NC 143 to Robbinsville. Cherohala combines the names of the two National Forests traversed: "Chero" from Cherokee and "hala" from Nantahala NF.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download