Piney Falls State Natural Area is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Grandview, TN that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and nature trips.
Very beautiful - many colors of Fall leaves but absolutely no waterfall due to very dry late summer. Was interesting to walk on dry rock riverbed though!
The trail itself I would give a 5/5 since it is a beautiful trail, but I have to give it a 3 because it is not marked well at all. The trail has to many forks and ways to go to only have one or two markers. There were not many markers on the actual trail either (talking about small white markers). The trail directions would be much easier to follow if there were some markers.
Fun, but better in spring. The water doesn't flow in late summer very much.
Great trail, but waterfall was almost dried up. Need to go a different time of year.
Really fun we took the kids will do it again
beautiful trail high trail washed out near the falls
Piney Falls Natural area is a great day hike. Its a short hike with a beautiful reward at the end. We have gone 3 or 4 times and even taken the grand kids. There are actually two waterfalls on this trail. Upper Piney Falls and Lower Piney falls. Upper Piney falls is the closest and easiest to get to. The trail forks near the Upper Falls. If you go right, the trail ends on top of a magnificent Upper Piney Falls which cascades over the ledge into a beautiful pool of water. You can hike down to the bottom of the falls by back tracking to the trail. At the fork, follow the trail left towards Lower Piney falls. Then when you come to another fork in the trail stay right following the trail around the base of the cliffs to the bottom of Upper Pines Falls. You can swim in the pool and even walk behind the falls. It almost looks like a scene from a tropical island.
Lower Piney falls is also beautiful but a little harder to get to. The last segment of the trail is very steep It would be good to take trek poles and shoes with good traction. Once you make it down the hill it is well worth the hike. Another beautiful water fall...not quite as tall as the Upper Falls but still amazing. We walked out on a rock at the top of the falls and sat there enjoying the view for quite a while before leaving. It was very beautiful and peaceful.
We had a great time on this trail, it is well worth your time. Read all the reviews before going, this place is actually a little tricky. Here's the deal, read this thoroughly and use it as your guide.
1. The trailhead is on the right side of the road, not the left like the directions will likely tell you.
2. Wear a good pair of hiking shoes or shoes with aggressive tread.
3. You will hike about .6 before coming to a fork in the trail.
4.If you go right at the fork, it will lead you to the upper falls (the top). As you arrive at the top of the upper falls you have 2 options. The first option is to look to your left and follow a rather steep trail that will take you to the bottom. This route is not well marked, but you will be able to see where others have walked. The second option is to cross the creek just above the falls, follow the trail and cut down the trail to the bottom of the falls. If you take the route that crosses the creek, keep in mind the descent to the bottom is steep as slick. There are ropes in place to assist your descent.
Once at the bottom of the upper falls, you will surely want to go see the lower falls. In order to get there from the upper falls, you need not go back up the trail of you went the route that crosses the creek. Walk behind the waterfall and you will meet the main trail that will take you to the lower falls.
5. If you go left at the fork, you will come to the lower falls first. You will follow this trail and come to another intersection (you can go left or right). Just before this intersection you will descend a small set of rocks. To get the lower falls, take a right at this intersection. Once you take this right, you will run into a sign pointing down to the left which is the lower falls and the right will take you to the upper falls.
6. VERY IMPORTANT: Getting to the base of the lower falls is not easy. I highly doubt most people do it, however, I took I the challenge. Here is my advice: Once at the top of the lower falls, walk along the creek upstream about 50 yds and cross the creek (there is a shallow area that's easy to cross) . Going down the side of the mountain on the other side is not safe (I tried it). Once you cross the creek, you will walk to the left and follow the cliff until where you see it cuts down towards the falls.
7. I hope this helps clear any confusion anyone may have. If you have any other questions about it, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Just a fellow hiker hoping to help anyone out looking for more info, enjoy the hike everyone.
Pay attention to the previous review. It was extremely helpful. It helped me to find the parking lot and the trail entry. If you take the right trail ay the split you will have a beautiful view of the Upper Falls. Backtracking and then taking the trail that would go to the left will take you to two choices. Chose to go to base of upper falls. Great choice. Didn't go to lower falls. Be careful of one 10 foot section that is steep descent. Also watch signage on your way up that you don't miss this spot to make a sharp turn. There is arrow on tree to make that sharp turn. Look for it
Great hike, a few things to look for on your GPS, it will try and take you in on Burnette Rd. Look for Firetower road on your GPS,there's a State marker at the entrance of Firetower Rd.,there's no marker at the parking area but it is easy to see on the right side of the road.The trail is poorly marked, and the first quarter of a mile is an old road,you will come to an opening and there is a trail to the right that is not marked but goes to the top of upper falls. At the top of the upper falls is a trail that goes to the bottom that is not marked. This trail also will take to the lower falls, but this is also poorly marked. Are you can go strait at opening at the end of the old road, you will come to an area of a small bluff go to the right here this is the way to the lower falls and the upper falls also which you can just make a loop if you like. At the bluff if you go to the left you have some great views, we backed tracked to the lower falls. Next time we will see where this part of the bluffs will take you. Love the Alltrails app will help you see where you are at, at all times!
Easy hike in. Very scenic from the top. Rated it a 3 because we couldn't find the bottom of the fall. The kids were disappointed, but would defitinely recommend the trail if you don't care to swim. We also saw a coyote as we were leaving, very cool. We might return someday.
Easy hike in, and love any waterfall that you can walk back behind it
did this and ozone today. nice hike along the Rick walls to the base of upper falls. did not see the way to the base of the lower falls but the top of the lower were worth while. a little muddy today with yesterday's rains, but way worth it. also...saw a coyote run in front of us as we we leaving on fire tower road just before the old barn.
Trail head and parking area are not well marked. After turning off hwy 68 go 1.5 miles and the parking area will be on your right. The trail head will be directly behind the steel gate to your right.
This was a lovely trail and a great workout. Got a little turned around after going behind the falls and trying to find a trail on the far side. Saw a tree with a single white blaze, then another with two white blazes, but then, nothing. After making my way down to the river and crossing on the rocks I proceeded uphill and met the trail again without much effort. The falls, both upper and lower, were amazing due to recent rainfall. Highly recommend this trail for anybody interested in hiking, novice to expert.
We were blown away by the beauty and peacefulness of this area. There was a thunderstorm that dumped a significant amount of rain the day before our hike and the waterfalls were flowing heavily. The rock formations along the way to the base of the upper falls were lovely and walking beneath the waterfall was a stunning experience. There is a little perch to the left of the top of the lower falls which allows for a vertigo inducing bird's eye view of the lower falls. This is an easy trail that makes for a good light jog in the woods.
I love this place. A short hike to the top of the waterfall. On the way to the base of the waterfall you pass a rockhouse and some wonderfull cliffs. There is fallen trees and rock slides. Once to the base of the falls you can go behind the waterfall. The first time we went here we got off the trail. We turned left at what looked like a large intersection about 1/4 of a mile into the trail. It ended up being an old power line road. We ended up back at the road we were parked on except futher down the road. On the trail, at that intersection, go straight across. If you do not hear the waterfall within 20 minutes of hiking you have gone the wrong way. I come here as often as I can. The last time I went I noticed that someone has put up some new blazes and hiking trail emblems on the trees. Go for it. I love this place.