Backbone Falls Trail

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Backbone Falls Trail is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Shady Valley, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.3 miles
144 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips






wild flowers

8 days ago

pretty waterfall went during raining season so it would be larger. this falls is for when you dont have time dor long hike beautiful area and lots to look at

4 months ago

Quick little hike! Beautiful waterfall in April. Our young kids (3,6,7) did well with this.

Monday, April 10, 2017

For those looking for a crazy short trail to see a decent waterfall. This is the trail for you. It's super family friendly area. Not the biggest waterfall and would suggest visiting during the wetter months to catch a good flow coming from it.

Monday, October 17, 2016

This a nice little trail, short and sweet. Starting from the parking lot and crossing over tunnel for a more moderate scenic hike. If your in the area its worth swinging by to hike. Not worth traveling more then an hour to hike unless you time it out with the operating hours of the local brewery.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

This was a very easy hike with lots of stairs. The trail head is on the east side of route 133 and you can see some stair steps in a small parking lot next to another dirt path. If there isn't enough room then park in the main parking lot on the other side of the street where the Backbone Rock trail head is. I initially took the left which ended up being a bushwhack. Its a half mile loop with blue blazes. Take an immediate right after going up the stairs next to the Trail 198 sign. There is also scenic overlook facing route 133 on your way to the falls. You will come up to the top of the falls and then take some stairs down and around for a better view. Follow the stairs all the way down to route 133 where there is a wooden foot bridge to cross on your way back to the parking lot trail head. The skinny waterfall is 40-50 tall and it had good volume. Its located next to a gorge like rock wall which makes for a good pano shot.

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