Benton Falls Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Reliance, 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 November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
We had a great day hiking with friends to Benton Falls located in the Chilhowee Recreation Park/Campground. It's an easy/moderate hike that only took 30-40 minutes one way. Take your lunch and have a picnic on one of the rocks below the falls. When you are driving to Benton Falls/Chilhowee Recreation be sure to take the road that leads up from the Ocoee River (Oswald Dome Road off of Hwy 64). Don't take the road that leads in from Benton (Benton Springs Road)!! Your Gps will probably send you on Benton Springs. You will regret it if you go the Benton springs road route. The scenic views on Oswald Dome are incredible on the way up to Chilhowee Recreation.
I am not an experienced hiker by any means. Coming from the Knoxville area the GPS took us on a dirt road through the mountain, not the worst of dirt roads, but after we left we took the path. that was an extra few minutes, very scenic drive by the way. Now about the trail and falls. The hike itself was fairly easy, we got there fairly early so there was very few people there, seen maybe 10 total before we made it back. The signage could be better and more helpful. We decided to hike a little beyond the falls and that ended up being a very long detour, ha. not an awful detour but I was never certain where I was. Having a map on hand or a small map at the signs could have been helpful. There was a small amount of trash around, but nowhere near as bad as some of the other reviews from years ago. There are numerous trails that are accessible at this location, so the hike can go from easy to moderate fairly easy if someone wanted it to. Worth the drive and time spent here.
It was a great hike. I went with a group of guys that go to Lee University and the waterfall was beautiful. We went after it had rained the past couple of days so the water fall was pretty large. I would recommend to all.
Beautiful! If you continue on past the falls you can find many trails of differing skill levels all well marked and with beautiful trails.
Easy hike ending at the beautiful Benton Falls! A good hike for beginners.
Loved this hike! Not to difficult but the view is incredible and it wasn't busy when we went. 10/10 for sure
Perfect day for a great hike! I really like this app also.
Great quick trail in and out to see the beatuiful Benton Falls, such a lovely view. It also has many different trails to explore if you want to spend the day exploring each one.
Nice easy starter hike and the falls have decent water running when we were there.
Great hike. Beautiful overlooks on the way to the trail.
Our hiking group went on a cool crisp morning. The trail is very well kept and has a beautiful water falls! There is a picnic area with bathrooms. This is a easy hike with just a small amount of steep stairs to climb. Would be great for a family even with smaller children to hike.