The Debord Falls Trail in Frozen Head State Park is an easy hike that is just a short drive from Knoxville. Kyle and I hiked this trail a really long time ago when we started dating. This time we took the pups and hiked it with my sister-in-law, Staci, and her dog, Moose. It’s a short hike, only .6 miles from the parking lot to the waterfall, so it’s perfect for the whole family.
Debord Falls Trail in Frozen Head State Park
Frozen Head State Park is located in Wartburg, TN. There’s not much out there. It’s outside of Oak Ridge, TN. There’s not much out there, either. It is, however, only about an hour drive from West Knoxville, which makes it an easy spot to hike on a weekend afternoon. You know, when we don’t want to deal with all of the people in the Smokies. (The House Mountain Hike in Corryton, TN is another great, local hiking trail.)
To get to Debord Falls Trail, just follow the signs for Emory Gap Falls, which is located at the back of the park. We originally planned to hike the Emory Gap Falls Trail, but we arrived too late in the afternoon. You can easily continue on the trail after Debord Falls to start the Emory Gap Trail.
If you are planning to photograph Debord Falls, I would suggest to go in the morning and to bring a tripod. The late afternoon light was not great.
The hike to the falls is really enjoyable. It is shaded and only has a slight incline. The terrain is pretty rocky, so I’d definitely suggest wearing hiking boots. There is a set of stairs that leads down to the waterfall. All the dogs loved playing in the water. They met a cute little puppy there and had a blast chasing him around. It was a good afternoon.
I’m looking forward to going back to Frozen Head State Park and hiking the Emory Gap Falls Trail next time. Have you been to Frozen Head State Park? Let me know what your favorite hike was in the comments.