Triple Falls Trail on Bruce Creek is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Caryville, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
It was a wonderful hike - beware of slippery grounds and mud - the make for a bad combination with the incline of the hike. There were a couple of trees blocking the ways when we went but nothing too bad. Great day hike! Might be unsuitable for younger kids and older adults as it can be difficult.
This trail has a fun man made water fall. There is a lot of trash leading to the falls, and possibly a man living in a tent below the falls. It's a fun short hike.
The triple falls is worth the trip by itself and comes fairly early in the hike. Up to the top is tougher but the view is worth it. Make sure to turn right at the top - the trail goes on for miles to the left!
Beautiful trail and wonderful scenery. Litter at the beginning is a little discouraging, but it is worth getting past.
Addressing James Hoffman's questions.
James, I grew up here in the '70's. The creek during major storms would get incredibly large and dangerous. The end result was eroding away of land in my subdivision. The state put in the concrete culvert and blasted the 3 watering holes to control the amount of water flowing down to manage erosion.
I hope this answers your questions. We cannot control how others treat the place. Once past the bridge it is a fabulous hike with wonderful views.
Please read before taking children to this trail! Typically, I wouldn't write a review unless I'd completed the trail, but after what my boyfriend and I saw today, I feel compelled to warn ppl...we pulled into the crowded parking area at the trailhead, 3-4 teens were getting their gear ready, a few others were walking back to their cars from the trail...it was fairly busy. We found a spot to park and noticed(parked behind us)a sketchy looking guy aggressively fingering a girl he had pressed against his car, her breasts exposed as well!! They were not trying to hide what they were doing, regardless of children possibly being nearby. This was broad daylight, totally out in the open, anyone walking or driving by would have seen it!! To top it off, while they were doing this, they were also talking back and forth to another group of ppl sitting in a car across the road from them. I couldn't see what was going on in that car, but my instincts told me not to look as we drove by to leave. Yes, we left. Maybe it was the garbage all over the trailhead area, maybe it was the public porno; either way, this place gave me and my boyfriend the creeps! It left me with this sick feeling that I can't explain. It just felt like a bad place. Such a shame :( I'll stick with the Smokies, Pisgah and Roan MTN instead.
View at the top was totally worth the climb!
love this. steep going up but definitely worth the hike. beautiful view at the tol
Don't be fooled by the difficulty rating, this hike is tough. I'm an experienced hiker, and this is in no way at all "easy" as the AllTrails rating said when we did it. I hope that it gets changed to "difficult." It is steep, rocky, and has a number of washouts and step-ups that are more than knee high. I still enjoyed the hike despite the difficulty, but others may not.
The beginning of the trail up to the falls, as others have said, has litter, broken glass, and graffiti where people use it for camping and swimming, and you can hear the interstate noise the entire time, but if it weren't for the re-routing of the creek for the interstate construction, this trail wouldn't even be here. The view from the top is spectacular with the Cumberland Plateau to the right, Cumberland Mountain range to the left, Powell Valley in the immediate foreground with Clinch Mountain in the distance and the Appalachians on the horizon.
Absolutely beautiful trail past the falls and up to the rock summit. Only cons are trash and road noise. Still worth it.