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Hike - Angel Falls Overlook, Big South Fork - Wed., Oct.22, 2014


Depart at 8:00 a.m. from Chota Center



Distance:  6.5 miles

Elevation Gain:  Approx. 500 feet

Rating:  Moderate

Driving Time:  2 hours

Leader:   Bob Stewart   865-458-3727


This trail is in the Big South Fork Recreational Area.  It is one of the most scenic in the Big South Fork, with passages along rock faces and through boulders, past cascades, over footbridges, climbing to a dramatic finish.  The first part of the hike is relatively easy and provides very scenic views of the woods, river and rock formations.  At about 2.2 miles the trail leaves the river and begins the ascent to the overlook.  This is the only strenuous part of the hike as the trail climbs about 300 feet in about .6 of a mile through switchbacks and rock steps and between boulders.  At the top of the bluff the trail levels for the next .2 miles to the overlook.   Note that this is not a waterfall, but a scenic overlook.