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Good hike, and beautiful waterfall! Only complaint was some of the markers appeared to me ripped down (rude). Great trail to take dogs on! Worth the trip

The trailhead was pretty challenging to find, but the trail itself was well marked. The hike was nice with beautiful views and overlooks. The falls were dry, but it was still well worth the trip!

I did this hike on Thanksgiving Day 2018. It was in the high 60’s and perfect! The hike isn’t too long, it took us maybe 1.5-2 hours total with 20 minutes of just relaxing. Not too big of a waterfall but it’s a beautiful nonetheless! There are some steeper parts over rocks but nothing too strenuous. A lot of covered areas and some views along the way since leaves have mostly fallen. Beautiful day and hike!

be prepared to go up alot of steps. beautiful falls . crazy busy

Loved this trial. Started on Bluffline clockwise which put me going down Waterline. This trail is very well marked EXCEPT for a small portion of Waterline, but just keep bushwhacking down the creek and you’ll reconnect to the Waterline trial fine (try not to fall). Where Waterline connects to Alms you’ll find the 3 Caves. Really cool to check out however they are closed and gated up at the moment. My only disappointment on what was otherwise a great day hike.

Great little trail for a quick hike. Beautiful view of the Tennessee River! We love that we can access it by kayak.

Used this as our first little backpacking trip. it was wonderful. beautiful campsite at the top.

We went the wrong way up by mistake but it was a good choice. Trail is not easy but was fun. The view from the top is a great panoramic one. The view of the falls from the bottom of the steps was the best. Great day.

Took the AT approach trail to walk the steps up. The steps are not for the faint of heart. The views of the falls on the way up are great. And at the top is awesome. Took the East trail on the way back down. Very rocky at the top. Watch your footing so as to not roll an ankle. The trail itself is nice, wooded.


gorgeous waterfall!, took creek trail up and and it wasn't a bad hike at all. going down we went down east ridge trail which was pretty sketchy. lots of loose rocks and erosion. I would def do this again...

Amazing place to spend the day. Cold water and beautiful waterfall. Not very much during the summer though. We took a dog too and had no issues. Lovely place. Kinda hard hike down into the canyon though.

Always have enjoyed this hike. Preachers Rock has wonderful views, and because of that can be crowded. Don’t let it scare you though, it’s worth it.

Awesome trail! Steps were a good workout. Beautiful views of the falls. Not that crowded of a trail. Very rocky in some places so watch your step!

trail running
1 month ago

I had a great time hiking and running on this trail with my daughter. The trail head was just off the exit from the highway and very easy to access, it was mid afternoon and there was no one else there. For a trail so close to a highway it felt very peaceful. I highly recommend this trail. Single track,rocky,nice hills, very beautiful.

Trail starting behind the visitors center to the falls is the best direction to take due to the condition of the trail and rocks.

Love everything about this place. The trails are marked well and the water falls were full of water due to recent rain. We were able to find trails for our level of ability.

This a great 3.3 miler just outside of Chattanooga...easy to get to and a great easy to moderate hike with woods, interesting rock formations and a rewarding view of Nickajack Lake at the farthest out point. If you take the right turn on the loop you will have an easier go of it. The left way will create a rocky ascent at one point in the trail where it is moderate. The trail is well blazed if you go left but some of the blazes have disappeared if you tackle it from the right so you may want to look over your shoulder if you get off the path. This is a great trail for Fall through Spring but can get overgrown in the summer.

Beautiful, decently maintained trail with some wonderful views. However, I can say the exact same thing about all the hundreds of other trails in the immediate area that don't charge you $10.

Why pay these people $10? They have nothing particularly special to offer.

Really nice section of the AT. Hike up to Preachers is nice, view at the top is great! I went past Preachers and down to the Dockery lake trail. Out and back about 6 miles. Don’t miss the other overlook past Preachers.

Enjoyable hike through the woods. Rocky terrain with some nice scenery of the Tennessee river. Marked really well.

Our family waited until after a night of rain todo this hike, based on some of the advice we read in other reviews. We’re glad we did. The falls were slightly more than a trickle...lovely, but might have been dry if we’d gone the day before the rain.
The trailhead, as others mentioned was confusing to find, but GPS and this trail map helped. Our 17 yr old did go down the cave-like hole to get to the very bottom of the falls. It made this mother a nervous wreck, because he had trouble getting back up & out! I would not advise doing that alone without someone, or a rope or both, to help you.
Overall, beautiful hike we will do again!

Fabulous trails, stunning lake and falls!

Nice hike!

Loved this trail. Parked at the visitors center and took the trail behind it, up to the top of the falls. It was a very steep climb and very rocky in some parts. There were a couple of lookout points along the way that offered spectacular views of the surrounding area. You can’t see the falls from the top, so we decided to take the hundreds of steps down to the base. The stairs wrap around the falls and the view gets better as you go down. There are many spots to stop and rest or take pics. The stairs can be a bit daunting for someone who has a fear of heights, such as myself. However, it was absolutely worth it! Once at the bottom, we walked back to the parking lot. The signage was not the best and we ended up street walking for a good portion. There were some trails marked, but we weren’t sure where they would end. Overall, Im so glad that we visited.

I absolutely loved this trail! We did it at dusk, which was probably a bad choice considering how steep it is, but it was lovely anyways. Plus we got to catch the sunset. Other reviewers are right about the stairs. They can be brutal. But the views are so, so worth it.

Enjoyed the hike with my wife and our dog. I plan on going back to trail run it soon.

Great trail. Lots of steep stair climbing along side of falls.

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