The Bald River and parts of its watershed are now part of the Bald River Gorge Wilderness, designated as a wilderness area by the U.S. Forest Service in 1984. It is a tributary of the Tellico River located in the Cherokee National Forest south of the Great Smoky Mountain N.P. Bald River Falls is regarded as the most impressive and scenic waterfalls in East Tennessee. According to the water level and, angle that it was shot from, the falls can appear tall or short and wide. It is about 90 ft. high, and caution should be used when exploreing it as several have been injured or died here. Bald River is a wild stream but the Tellico River is stocked with trout April thru September and is renowned for its trout fishing.
It is located a short drive off the Cherohala Skyway in Monroe County Tn. To find it drive about 5 an 1/4 miles east of Tellico Plains on SR 165 and turn right onto Tellico River Road just past Oosterneck pullout and drive about another 6 miles. Latitude: 35-19’27’’ N Longitude: 084-10’38’’ W. It is well worth the drive except during a dry spell.
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