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Squibb Creek Falls and Pete's Branch Falls Hikes


View of Squibb Creek Falls in Cherokee National Forest

To help visitors plan their adventure and enjoy this featured day hike, Johnny Molloy, Outdoor Writer & Board Member of Partners of the Cherokee National Forest, has provided an excerpt from his book, Five Star Trails: Tri-Cities, Squibb Creek Falls Hike.

Squibb Creek Falls:

Get your feet wet on this 4-mile (round trip) trail on your way to see the 25-foot tall Squibb Creek Falls.  This trail lies almost entirely in the Congressionally designated Sampson Mountain Wilderness.  Please take extra caution when hiking this trail, as trails are not blazed and stream crossings may be difficult to negotiate. 

Pete's Branch Falls

This short, easy trail starts to the left of Poplar Cove trailhead after the first creek crossing. The trail follows the creek with 5 creek crossings to a 45-foot waterfall. It is recommended to come during the wet spring and fall months, where the abundance of water makes for optimal viewing. During the dry months, you can expect just a trickle coming over the falls.  Please note that hiking or driving on Forest Road 94 requires several creek crossings.  Hiking from the trailhead requires an additional 1.5 (each way) hike.

General Information


To Squibb Creek Falls:

From Greeneville, take TN 107 north for six miles. Follow signs to Horse Creek Recreation Area. Parking is available at the Horse Creek Picnic Area.

To Pete’s Branch Falls – Follow directions above, then:

Take Forest Road 94 in Horse Creek Recreation Area to Forest Road 94B to Pete’s Branch Trail #12. Walk 1.2 miles (or drive in 4WD, high-clearance vehicle) along forest roads, then 0.6 mile on Pete’s Branch Trail

Recreation Map

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