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Greeter Falls Loop and Greeter Trail to Alum Gap

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South Cumberland State Park

Greeter Falls Loop and Greeter Trail to Alum Gap is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Altamont, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.2 mi Elevation gain 518 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

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Recordings (159)
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Alan Lively
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Hiking

Awesome trail. Definitely worth taking a dip in the water as well! Loved it.

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Jennifer Green
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Hiking

Awesome water fall and beautiful swimming hole. Parking is free, path has some roots and slippery rocks.

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Laura Barkema
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Hiking

Loved this! The swimming hole and lower falls were busy, but not insane. The trail itself wasn’t too terrible. Definitely rocky and not the easiest trail but a nice, shorter hike to challenge yourself with tons of reward with the beautiful falls!

Kevin Pellatiro
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Hiking

Both the upper Falls, and especially the lower Falls, were a blast. Swimming at the lower Falls is super easy and you can even walk behind the waterfall itself! Trail itself is consistently rocky, but not difficult.

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Leah Hampton
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Heather Blair
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, can get a little muddy at times but definitely pays off. The upper falls area is my favorite and is less crowded.

Tim Fowler
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Very nice trail to walk no.

Jeff Thompson
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HikingRocky

Awesome trail! Greeter is a very picturesque and has a nice swimming hole. It also has about 3 levels. The Spiral staircase is a trip also. Boardtree, blue hole, and the ol home place basement are nice also.

Anthony B.
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Rocky

This was a decently good trail.. it's plain in the beginning once you get going it gets rocky. Lot's of tree roots as we'll but, it's nothing severe.

Daniel Kibsgaard
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Hiking

Beautiful waterfalls and we were the only ones there.

Unity Perkins
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Muddy

Me and my 2 year old walk this and it was a very pleasant walk for the both of us we had a few spots where he was unable to catch his balance due to all the rootage but in the end the waterfall was very beautiful and he enjoyed himself .if you take the hike I recommend bringing your swimsuit and you can also swim there.

Daryn jackson
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Hiking

After you park, the trailhead is behind you across the parking lot. The Blue Hole hike is pretty easy, and the hike to the falls is more rigorous. Both are worth doing, if you have the time! We started with the more intense falls loop, and then finished with the Blue Hole hike and swim. What a perfect day! Will do this hike again. The swimming hole is absolutely magical.

Sonja Springer
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Hiking

The trail is amazing and defiantly worth all the mud and steepness of the trails. Once you get off the staircase that’s the hardest part. Very slippery and definitely need to watch your step and if you bring children make them calm down and slowly walk down. Other than that it’s not so bad. Bringing our 6 year old with us this week to go again.

Dave McDowell
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HikingRocky

Nice trail, mostly in shade, with a beautiful view at the end. A couple of fallen trees required a scramble, but they weren’t too bad.

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Amber Mcbroom
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HikingRocky

Great trail and waterfall but not for small children without a leash. The only railing was at the bottom of the mountain after the spiral staircase.

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Adam Latondress
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Hiking

This was a damn good hike! Make sure to bring proper footwear, it is steep and slippery at times. I was also required to climb over and under trees today as well. I recommend this hike for sure though.

Ali Farr
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HikingRockyScramble

Really gorgeous and fun trail. It does get very rocky, slippery, and parts that are steep where you have to scramble a bit. Please wear proper footwear and have your hands free to be able to brace your self. It’s definitely not an easy trail, but the views were incredible.

Gabrielle Rimmaudo
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HikingMuddyScramble

It’s a great trail - however be prepared for slippery rocks, some rock scrambling, etc. you truly have to watch your step and be careful. It is not easy and I highly recommend being prepared. Have proper footwear!

Samantha Bell
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Muddy

My husband, son (10) and our two dogs went on this trail. There were two trails, the one to the left was okay to get down but once at the metal round staircase, our dogs could not go down. While we were there 2 people fell off the side and they had to call the paramedics. It was muddy and crowded and definitely dangerous. we decided to make our way to the trail that goes to the right. We really enjoyed the trail and at the end was a watering hole to wade in the water and jump off a few rocks. The dogs loved the water and so did my son.

Caitlyn Stratton
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Portia C.
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A really pretty, but heavily trafficked area. Great for swimming. I’m not in shape by any means, and aside from jello legs, I was able to go down and come back up the rocks and stairs. I did get a bit winded but that’s just me being chonky. The spiral staircase was the least of my worries. My group all agreed that we would suggest grippy shoes and a backpack because you’ll want your hands free to hold on to rocks and trees. We went at 10 am and it was packed and we left at 12:30 and it was SUPER packed on the way out.

Cecilia Perez
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HikingMuddy

Given the wet weather conditions days before this hike there were some muddy areas! Nothing to sticky! There was heavy traffic on the main trails, and we had to wait to go down the spiral staircase, but the Waterfall was beautiful and worth the wait! It was just too busy! The trail is pretty moderate as listed, overall it was a nice hike!! We kind of veered off course and hung out in an area of running water away from the crowd! My highlight!!

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Rebekah Blouin
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Second time going! (Four years difference) Absolutely beautiful area to swim! I’m in my mid twenties and felt it was moderately difficult. It was not “easy” because half of it was downhill, muddy, and rocky. But I enjoyed it! The worst part was near the staircase where it was SO slippery. It was easier coming back up. I saw a lady with a small baby coming up from swimming, but I don’t think I would take a little one unless they’re good swimmers and used to (to them) intense hiking. There is another .5 mile trail to a “blue hole” that may be okay for little ones, because the water wasn’t moving as fast from all the recent rain.

Jennifer Bedgood
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Hiking

Amazing!!! Main falls were pretty but FREEZING and crowded but you technically you can swim. There are 2 more waterfalls on the loop that are awesome and not as crowded. If you haven't been here - we definitely recommend it and you will have amazing memories and photos. Some parts are steep and slippery. Bring water shoes or you will be squishy the whole way .

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Amanda Horner
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Very pretty area!! We loved the hike to the upper part of Greeter falls, but could not get to the bottom part due to a metal stairs going down. Be sure to look at pictures about the trail down to the falls. We had 3 dogs and did not want to take them down. It was muddy and not very safe. There is tons of people at the bottom but just did not feel comfortable with the group we had trying to get down there. But like we said we really enjoyed the upper part of the trail and then hiked to the other falls very pretty area lots to look at and the trail has awesome features to it.

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