Hen Wallow Falls, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
A quintessential Appalachian waterfall, Hen Wallow spans 90 vertical feet and spills silvery currents of water over ink-dark slabs of rock. Mosses cover the nearby cliffs, and salamanders swim in the pool below the falls. (30 salamander species inhabit the park, making Great Smokies the “salamander capital of the world” with salamanders outnumbering people even on the busiest visitation days.)
Graceful hemlocks and flowering rhododendrons make the approach hike as scenic as the falls. It’s just 4.4 miles round trip, but wear sturdy shoes: The path is webbed with slippery tree roots.