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Glen Falls Trail is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lookout Mountain, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.1 mi Elevation gain 475 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife
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As of June 2020, this area is going through a phased opening due to COVID 19. Please check with the park and check what is open before visiting. Awesome short hike with lots to see! When you get to the bridge, you're about half way there. Go about 50' further and take the stone stairs to your right. You will pass through a stone door in the rock. Coming out of the rock you will be overlooking the bridge. Continue along side the creek for about another 1/4 mile. You will pass several small cascades (when it's recently rained) and the path will meander from the forest beside the creek down into the stones and sand of the creek. Keep going until you find the cascade that is about 50 yards from Ochs Road (you will see and hear cars through the trees). There are some old white blazes for the main trail and blue blazes for the trail from the stone stairs and stone door to the cascade. Happy hiking!

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jamie helson
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Naomi Ziga
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Great trail with some beautiful views. The boulders, rocks and waterfalls were just beautiful.

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Eric Goldschmidt
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Fairly easy trail with an awesome waterfall and lagoons to explore. Great for kids

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Casey Linn
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little parking at Glen Falls so we continued up to Shingle Rd and parked where Shingle Trail and Whiteside trail connect. Shingle is obviously rarely used and the kids loved it! Glens Falls is beautiful too! Would be fabulous to sit in the water in the summer!

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Rose Dybel
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Love it! The waterfalls are beautiful after a couple days of rain.

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Laura Vignon
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Beautiful! If you park at trailhead and only do the falls loop and back it’s 1.25 miles. Beautiful day!

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E Weber
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Easy trail for families. Just past the bridge you can go up some stairs and explore up the falls and wade in the water. Very fun!

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Terry Kent
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Easy as for distance. Moderate because you had some elevation and roots and rocks along the way. The falls was nice and there was a lot of nice rock formations and big tress to look at.

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"Yoda" Lewis
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The easiest trail on the planet. Very family friendly.

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Mark Watson
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Nicely maintained. Up past the falls is less interesting but nice. Beautiful series of water falls on side trail to the right.

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Esther Davenport
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This is a beautiful and quick hike for anyone looking for a fast hike with a waterfall at the end. Glen Falls Trail is relatively in and out. You can explore further up the falls, if you choose. It can be a strenuous hike back up to the parking area for anyone who isn’t an experienced hiker. Additionally, parking is limited and an issue on busy days!

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Natalia Williams
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Easy hike in and out. Falls weren’t super great due to lack of recent rain.

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Misty Smith
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Beautiful hike! Water was rerouted and was running down the trail when we went.

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Leigh Boros
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Ashley Walker
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A tree is down about half way on the trail that is unpassable. Only got about half the hike in before having to turn around.

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Staci Mielke
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Andrew Scott
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too much poison ivy otherwise perfect and ultra beautiful

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Shandelle Brown
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Well cared for trail that is short and fairly easy to run.

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Brian Pilling
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cait huffman
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Jeremy Jones
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Robert Barber
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Easy hike to do with a friend and just be in Gods tapestry

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Vanessa Patton
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Took my 4 and 5 year olds out there today; it was a blast! the water was all dried up but we enjoyed picnicking on the rocks and enjoying the view. The only problem I had was with parking! Found it terrifying pulling out of the parking space into a curvy road with people flying down the mountain. Great trail for kids; recommend having 1 adult per 1 child you bring though, sometimes the trail is thin and has quite a high drop off.

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Kim K
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The trail to the falls is more like 1/2 mile, the whole trail goes past the falls and to the highway. It’s all dried out right now. Good for a moderate hike and some cavern exploring and rock climbing, but not for the water features.

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Jacob Fair
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Well shaded, easy walking. “Falls” portion was dried out, but still some enjoyable rock formation viewing.

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Paul Adkins
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Trail was in great shape. Kids played at the base of the water fall. Unique areas of rock to climb through!

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TJ Davis
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7/23/20. Trail not being maintained. Have to walk through weeds (poison oak?) to get started. No water at falls. Completely dry. Very steep in places. Good short hike overall.

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Grace Odell
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I rated this trail a 2 out of 10 just because it’s not a spectacular hike for adults and more for kids or dogs but the trail it’s elf is super rocky and root filled. The water area is the only goal as if you keep going past it you’ll just be led to the top of outlook near point park (right off the road) it’s very misleading. There are quite a few fallen trees that are manageable. Overall it’s just a hike I would skip unless you haven’t been to the water area before. It does have cool features like stairs and a “cave tunnel” but it’s not a hike I would without kids or a dog.

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