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Twisting Falls (Compression Falls)


Twisting Falls (Compression Falls)
County Carter County, TN
Elevation 2,300 ft
Latitude 36.231483
Longitude -81.975443

Twisting/Compression Falls (aka Poga Falls) are located on the Elk River in the Poga area of Carter County, TN. This is one of the biggest waterfalls in the Northeast TN/Western NC area I have been to. It is absolutely beautiful. It is extremely remote and also the most difficult hike I have ever been on. It is around a 400 foot elevation change in less than half a mile. It is as close to rock climbing as you can get without actually rock climbing. It was well worth it.

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The trail head is accessed from a parking area off of Dark Ridge Rd in the Poga area of Carter County, TN. When driving down Dark Ridge Rd it will fork. Stay to the right to get to the parking area. The trail head leaves from the parking area. You will hike under the high tension power lines and then start a very steep decline to the falls.