Turtletown Falls Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Farner, 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.
dogs on leash
Very nice hike. Must do. Both falls. Directions are a little off. Instead of taking Neumann road to the right go just past to next gravel road on the right. All the way to end. Very pretty.
There is a beautiful double waterfall at the beginning if you follow the trail to the left first, but make sure you go back to the second waterfall is is also spectacular. It may get be nicer if you follow the trail to the right and go to the farthest waterfall first then come back by the double waterfall as the uphill from the furthest fall when you are walking the tree line is a tough.
For starters, the trail sign on the main road is TINY- it is a wooden sign that someone has written "turtletown creek falls". You will turn on Old Farner Rd, (across the street from a large White House) follow the dirt road a little over a mile and you'll see the parking area. The trail head is to the right near a metal gate.
The trail is clearly marked with white blazes. There are TWO falls on the loop. And two major forks in the trail. The first fork is a pig trail that cuts off to the left, you want to remain on the wide path to the right, continuing up the hill. This will dead end (the second fork) and take a LEFT. This left is clearly marked with blazes and leads to the first set of falls. However, you will pass a LEFT turn that completes the loop taking you to the first fork in the trail. At this point you want to continue forward (passing this left) and follow the white blazes to the first set of falls! Very beautiful and worth the trek! Once you leave the falls you want to come back the way you came, and the loop will be on your RIGHT now. Taking that right, following the white blazes, will take you through a very narrow trail over some steps and to the second set of falls. As you approach the falls you will see them through the trees and a small trail to the right taking you straight to these falls. Once you have enjoyed the second set of falls follow the trail back to the main trail and take a hard RIGHT finishing that loop. This will dead end at the first fork, finishing the loop, follow the path back out and to the trail head.
This place is amazing. I have no words to describe how great our hike was. The falls were absolutely amazing. I went in for a dip because... Why the hell not! Coming back soon with friends.
Beautiful! Went now three times. It is very clear during spring but trail gets a little covered during summer. Still pretty. Do the 4.5 mile loop. To go to waterfall first take the left side of trail. There are steps leading to the waterfall which is approx 1.2 miles from the start. Continue on trail which will turn right. Keep a look out for hiker trail sign and you will be turning right to complete loop. There are white blazes on trees for trail.
Take the left fork! We took the right fork and took the LONG WAY around. It may eventually join, but wowsers! That trail ended at a T and we went left for a long time. Eventually we met a smaller trail, a single file trail that was cut into the ridge. It followed the river to the falls. Yeah! Very small little spot to be, but has rocks to sit on. Then we went up the stairs. Oh the stairs! But if we'd taken the right way to begin with we wouldn't have been so exhausted. To recap: From the car was a wide trail with a little swim spot that my girls and dog loved. Taking the left fork, the trail was a nice single file trail to the stairs downhill to the waterfall. A nice hike when done the right way! The other way is great for seasoned hikers/walkers. It was an uphill climb that then had a long downhill decent, challenging my quads and knees. We weren't ready for that, but even us that are out of shape did great! Fun for all!
I think it is one of the prettiest and most interesting hikes in the area. We were unsure if the trail looped. We took the trail closest to the creek/waterfalls and then continued on a trail back up the mountain. We hiked about 3 miles and turned around when we got to another fork in the road with a hiking sign. We were unsure which way to go. We are going to go again and take the wide trail to the right. Hopefully we will see the area where we turned around. Then we will know if a loop. Very scenic trail. Can't wait for the Mountain Laurels to be in bloom.
One of the best hikes my daughter and I had all of last year. Definitely a 1st of many.
Saw both falls , hiked
Very nice hike along Turtletown Creek. While the falls and the creek are very scenic I would like to come back in winter when the leaves are off the trees to enjoy the vistas overlooking the Hiwassee River. Definitely worth the effort of finding this little diamond in the rough.
Amazing water falls...very peaceful and very few other individuals on the trail.
Great and easy hike - but like other reviewers said - hard to find, but many locales came to our aid! One bit of information is the house the road is directly across from is 1234 OLD Farner Road (versus Farner Road). We had the trail all to ourselves and it was Saturday - highly recommend!
Great Trail, but Hard to Find!
The two roads that lead to this trail are NOT marked, and if they are, it isn't well. The trail head is at 35.160205, -84.339026, while the turn of for Old Farner Road (County Road 2317) is at 35.126498, -84.354099, and the turn-off for the trail head (NFSR 1166) is at 35.152256, -84.326480.
This is a great trail with a lot of ascents and descents, and great views of two waterfalls. Additionally you hear rushing water almost the entire way which adds to the peacefulness. We saw several other families who had older teenagers, but younger kids might have a tough time. The Nat Geo maps measure the trail at 3.8 miles (our GPS measured 4.0) with a difficulty level of moderate, which I think is more accurate than Alltrails.com assessment.
We will definitely hike this trail again in the future.
This hike was amazing. A bit tricky to locate, but following other reviews, we were able to locate. The hike is fairly easy, just remember to go left at the first split. The trail becomes narrow after the split, but keep going until you see the stairs. You can climb the rocks and feel the falls. Beautiful!!
Awesome trail. The waterfalls are gorgeous. The water is very cold but I was able to get in knee deep. The rocks can be very slippery so be careful. Ride all the way to the end of the road (The one across from 1234 Farner Road) to find a gate where the trail begins.
This is an overall great trail. It has a great warmup walk and gets very technical very quick about 0.6-0.8 miles into the hike. Make sure to take the footpath to the left when you get to a split. Look for the white trail marks on the trees to stay on course. BEWARE of snakes: A copperhead decided to threaten me by lunging from the high right side bank connected to the footpath about 0.25 miles into the it.
Disclaimer: I only hiked to the first waterfall, going left at the fork on the trail. However, that is a nice waterfall, we went in January and there was snow and ice on the rocks and ground, so it made the falls very picturesque.
I plan on going back and doing the entire trail but it is a great place to take someone who doesn't hike much if you want to ease them into hiking :)