Baskins Creek Falls
The Baskin Creek Falls trail is one of the most popular trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And for good reason - it's a relatively easy hike with some great views. Let's break down what you can expect from this trail.
The trailhead for Baskin Creek Falls is located just off of Historic Nature Trail near the Gatlinburg entrance to the park. From the trailhead, the trail begins with a short, easy climb. After about a quarter of a mile, the trail levels off and you'll start to get some decent views of the mountains to the west, as well as Gatlinburg if you're hiking in the winter or early spring. These views, however, will more than likely be obstructed by summer foliage.
After a few more minutes of hiking, you'll reach the falls. Baskin Creek Falls is a 30-foot waterfall that cascades over a series of rocks into a small pool at the base. Due to its proximity to Gatlinburg, this waterfall can get quite crowded during peak times - so if you're looking for a more secluded experience, you may want to visit one of the other waterfalls in the park.
All in all, Baskin Creek Falls is a great option if you're looking for an easy hike with some nice views. It's also a good choice if you're short on time and are looking to squeeze in a quick hike before heading into Gatlinburg for the day. Just be aware that due to its popularity, the falls can get quite crowded - so if solitude is what you're after, you may want to try one of the other waterfall trails in the park.