Short Springs State Natural Area Trail

MODERATE 98 reviews

Short Springs State Natural Area Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tullahoma, TN that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.6 miles 193 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

scenic driving

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
10 minutes ago

Pretty steep hike up and down at times. Moderate to strenuous. Waterfall was very nice, with spots to climb up and around. Great for pictures!

hiking
2 hours ago

Great with the kids!

7 days ago

Awesome scenery and worth the hike. Stay to the left trail when start and then cross the small bridge and proceed around the rim to come back up. Much easier than climbing the steps you take on the way down to the falls.
Take water with you 'cause you will get thirsty on the way out.

hiking
19 days ago

Great trail. Nice waterfall

hiking
20 days ago

The park itself has so many trails. Very beautiful and wasn't crowded at all. It can be muddy in spots and also you walk through water to get to machine falls.

hiking
28 days ago

I took the Machine Falls trail twice this weekend. This trail is SO beautiful! I would rate it as more strenuous than moderate because of the steep grade on the steps going down to the falls. The climb back up is certainly not for the faint-hearted either!
This is definitely my new favorite place to be! On Saturday morning there weren't very many people there so it was serene and peaceful. Sunday was very busy in the afternoon with a lot of kiddos enjoying the water! I will very likely return in the early morning just to sit and soak it in!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful falls. A nice little descent that was a little slippery. I was glad I had my hiking stick! To get to the falls you must walk through the creek. Be prepared for wet shoes and socks! If you want a longer hike continue over the bridge on the opposite side of Machine Falls. Nice hike!

1 month ago

Loved it!!!

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great family hike!

hiking
1 month ago

my family absolutely loves this one. it's always our "go to" falls.
east enough for our 4year old

hiking
1 month ago

I loved this hike! Took the Busby trail down to the falls and went across the bridge and took the Adams Falls Loop trial. Every step was incredible! A great hike with ample flat trails and several elevation changes so it's both a solid workout and beautiful hike. As other reviewers have pointed out, though, if you're scared of spiders and spider webs, this hike ain't for you

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful waterfall. We went in early spring & the falls were running so heavenly!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike and the waterfall is amazing! Machine Falls is worth the hike to see the amazing waterfall. I definitely would recommend this trail for a day trip.

hiking
2 months ago

Great! Beautiful falls ( Machine Falls). A steep drop to the gorge below. Lots of slick rocks and slick pieces of wooden steps to negotiate. A bridge spans the stream at the bottom but you turn off to the right and generally walk in the stream to get to the falls. The view is worth it! After spending time there, we decided to keep going rather than go back up the steep incline ( it is shorter). The continuation of the trail is longer but is less strenuous. Would do it again!

2 months ago

love it, nice big waterfall, great hike

hiking
2 months ago

It was a very easy time to get to the main fall. Not many people there on a Saturday

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked the Machine Falls Loop, steep and uneven at some parts but a beautiful hike and waterfall.

hiking
2 months ago

Based on this website only, I was not aware there were multiple trails of varying distances. Different paths can be taken to extend your hike to 3+ miles. Most of the hike was easy, but the short section coming up hill from Machine Falls was moderately strenuous for anyone not accustomed to extended climbs.

It's possible to get back to Machine Falls without getting wet, but do not expect it. Wear shoes/clothing you don't mind getting wet.