Chigger Branch Cascades

MODERATE 4 reviews

Chigger Branch Cascades is a 3.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Painter Spring, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.9 miles
587 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




horseback riding






A beautiful 85ft tall cascade hiding in the Sampson Mountain Wilderness. The best time for viewing this fall would be late winter and early spring. This trail shares an estimated 1.3 miles of trail with Buckeye Falls and located in Cherokee National Forest. Keep an eye out for horseback riders while driving to the trail head and while on that first 1.3 miles. When you complete that first 1.2-1.3 miles there will be a small camping area to the left. Behind that area there is a path leading through some laurels and if you look beyond the creek you will notice a trail. This is the trail that will lead to Chigger Branch. It can easily be overgrown in the warmer months with foliage. Later in the hike the trail comes to a spot that seems to split. One goes up a hill and the other goes into the creek. Both eventually come out to the same spot. So it's either a choice of wading up stream or staying dryer.

2 months ago

Will try again soon. Do not listen to the directions that you click on for IOS maps. It has you turn on Clark springs rd and what you need to do is continue down Clark’s creek rd past sill branch falls.

5 months ago

Loved it! The water level was up which made the creek crossings a challenge but it was great to see so much water coming down.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

This was a great hike, I'm not a fan with sharing trails with horses personally. The first 1.3 miles is on a trail that horseback riders frequent on. After that it's pure wilderness to yourself. I would suggest this hike from winter to early spring due to foliage. I still had to push through some and it was at the minimal. The trail may slightly disappear during the summer but as long as you keep following up Chigger Branch you are going to find this awesome cascade.

3 months ago