Buckeye Falls

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Buckeye Falls is a 6.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Painter Spring, Tennessee that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1732 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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forest

river

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waterfall

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**WARNING** Loose rock and soil everywhere at the falls. Really steep too. It's a lightly trafficked trail with no markers. You drive to the end of the gravel road passing Sill Branch Falls on the way. Once you get to the end you will have to cross the river to get on the trail. You will notice red paint sprayed onto a tree indicating the start of the trail. For about 2 miles or so the trail is shared with horseback riders. This section of the trail is heavily used and easy to follow because of this. The last 2.5 miles or so can leave you questioning during more of the summer months. Late fall/winter/early spring is the best time to see the waterfall. The hike is fairly flat for the 4.1 miles of it. Which is when you will finally see trail markers that points you up a stream towards the falls. You will spend a lot of time crossing water or in water on this hike.

28 days ago

I only completed the first two miles which are very easy if you are skilled at dodging the rattlesnakes. I passed 2 at a down tree approximately 0.2 miles in and snuck up on the 3rd at the 2 mile mark. I elected to turn around after the 3rd coiled and rattled. The trail is overgrown in places and the bugs were terrible due to timing of year. I'm already planning a trip back in the winter or early spring so water will be up and rattlers still hibernating!

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1 month ago

So call this a trail is very generous. the trail ends after a couple miles. then you have to follow the creek and remember which side creek to hike up. Then you get stung by stirring up a hornet nest that is pretending to be a log. Then when you finally get there to this giant rock slant that goes up as far as you can see with a few cups of water trickling down.

All that being said. I did enjoy the experience. I would like to go in the rainy season and hope their would be more water. You can find detailed instructions on how to get the the falls online. Bring a friend, you'll both need the encouragement to keep going.
On a side note it is the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi and hardly anyone has been there. So there are also bragging rights ;)

3 months ago

Trail was impassable due to high water. Will try again during a dry spell.

6 months ago