Base of the Falls

HARD 10 reviews

Base of the Falls is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Spencer, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
347 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

views

waterfall

rocky

Great hike and a great workout. Short and steep. The trail loops under itself as it travels under a large rock overhang and descends about 300 feet deep into the gorge carved out by the falls. There are many birds to view from above and below. Lots of beautiful scenery in a shorter hike. Well worth the effort!

17 days ago

Steep trail. Great workout!

23 days ago

Don't be fooled, this is an intense steep hike. Be prepared.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail starts in the parking lot that overlooks the main falls of the park. The trail starts off to the left and is basically a large staircase made of stone that brings you to the base of the falls.

This trail is exceptionally busy and you will pass many people while walking to the bottom. Most move at a slow pace due to children or dogs. For those looking to bring children or dogs maybe think twice if you want to actually go near the waterfall. The last tenth of a mile is completely soaked with water and the mist in the air makes the rocks slick and very slippery. It is possible to go all the way to the water's edge of the waterfall but the wind and extreme water splashing make it uncomfortable to stand there for long. Keep in mind if you do choose to get close you will be absolutely drenched within a second.

The trail outside of the final rocky part, which is not really a part of the trail, is very easy and short. The entire hike minus viewing time is maybe 25 minutes.

hiking
1 month ago

Watch your ankles. Great workout, gorgeous view. I will have to come back alone and hope for fewer people.

hiking
1 month ago

I enjoyed hiking this trail to the base of the Falls with a friend of mine and his son. My son and I had come here earlier and hiked the Woodland trail from the Nature Center to the Falls Overlook, but had not continued on down, because it was getting dark, and we still needed to make Memphis that evening.

Please note, this is as difficult as advertised, but worth the effort!

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorites at the park, I recommend starting with this short hike. It’s not easy but well worth doing.

2 months ago

Workout!!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful short slippery trail, especially on a misty day like today. The falls were light on water but gorgeous nonetheless. The view made us work for it in the way back up to the parking lot but I’m so glad it did.

hiking
2 months ago

We arrived here after a long hike and considered not making the descent. What a mistake that would have been! This short hike greatly rewards the traveler. Standing in the gorge looking up at the falls is amazing. The views of the cliffs let us enjoy Nature at some of its best. Not to be missed.

hiking
2 months ago