In Episode 16 of Smoky Mountains Radio, we talk about the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, answer our listener feedback, and cover Hen Wallow Falls, our Spotlight Hike of the Week.
The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is located in the quaint town of Townsend, TN and offers a great view of the history and culture of the people of the Great Smoky Mountains. There are great museum exhibits as well hands on experiences that allow you to get up close and personal with the way that people lived so many years ago. You can listen to wonderful local music, learn from local artists and authors, and purchase wonderful things that are authentic to the people of this region. There is always something new to see and do at this great location. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for kids and is open 7 days a week during the summer and 6 days a week (closed Sundays) during the winter.
Hen Wallow falls is a wonderful 4.4 mile round-trip hike in the quiet Cosby area of the Smoky Mountains. You will travel to the Cosby Campground and park at the hiker parking lot to begin your journey. The hike itself is a gently ascending hike for most of the duration of the trail, with many places with rocks and roots underfoot. This can be a little tricky when the trail is muddy or snow covered, so use some caution during those times. The forest envelopes you most of the way. This can be great relief in the hot and sunny summer months and can be absolutely gorgeous during the winter when snow and ice cover the trees.
The waterfall starts small at the top (about 20 feet wide) and expands to about 90 feet at the base. During winter, ice forms around the surrounding rocks and makes this absolutely gorgeous. There is a campsite (#34) close by, so for an easy and peaceful overnight, feel free to stay here (with a reservation, of course). If you choose not to stay overnight, just retrace your steps for a total of 4.4 miles.
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Intro/Outro Music: “KM 19” by “The Breakmen” www.thebreakmen.com