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.

Length3.2 miElevation gain518 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestViewsWaterfallWildflowers
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Joy Grapentine
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Lovely waterfalls. We cut the hike short after my hiking partner became....imma say...crabby after some of the rock scrambling required. It was time for lunch anyway.

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Katelyn Jones
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Pretty easy trail but it was absolutely beautiful in the snow! Plan to go back when it’s warm.

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Shelby Smith
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Great conditions today with lots of snow on the trees and mountain laurel.

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Michael Suttle
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a great place for waterfall photography

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MK Sheppard
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HikingIcy

This trail was a lot of fun and ended in a spectacular view! The only thing is that The stairs and support steps can get a bit slick after it rains so plan accordingly!

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John Bauer
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My favorite trail in TN right now.

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julie_journeys on instagram
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Very enjoyable hike! Greeter Falls is amazing with a deep turquoise pool...along with a few additional nice falls to detour down to. Fun suspension bridge, and a fantastic view near the end. Follow my instagram for more adventures @julie_journeys

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Sarah Stahl
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Very difficult hike, especially with kids. But the views and access to water is well worth the challenge.

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Jerry Peal
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Katie Cope
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This was amazing! Lots of roots and rocks along the trail which account for the “moderate” label (elevation gain really isn’t that bad). Waterfalls were all full and beautiful when we went in December. Definitely second the recommendation to not step onto the angled rock as you descend the stairs to the bottom of Lower Greeter Falls. Swing yourself around the edge of the staircase and you can safely land to the left. Each waterfall we came to we kept saying “this would be such a good place to come back to in the summer.” Can see why so many folks swim here. The trail to Alum Gap is 100% worth it. It’s about 1.6 miles out and back and the views are incredible.

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Wade Hacker
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This trail is beautiful! It is a bit strenuous in spots, but well worth the effort!!

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Rick Stephenson
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Dan Rowe
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Well marked, slightly adventurous and short enough to make a short day of fun. The falls are breathtaking.

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Ryan Bowen
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Ricky Gongwer
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Very rocky and a lot of roots. Trail can be slick when damp. Good hike, great views, will do again.

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Billy Reach
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Great hike.

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Greg Cantley
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Beautiful waterfalls

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Rachel Sherman
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Jerry Peal
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Rusty Gott
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Solamen Silva
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This route is a loop with a single spur trail. The loop takes you past three waterfalls: Upper and Lower Greeter Falls and Boardtree Falls; the spur trail takes you to Alum Gap Overlook. Make sure to avoid the angled rock at the base of the wood stairs just before Lower Greeter Falls; it’s dangerously slick! If you’re good at rock hopping, you can walk around the pool to the back of Greeter Falls. If you look for a side trail just before the loop rejoins with the lead-in trail, you’ll see an ‘extra-credit’ path to Boardtree Falls, a beautiful two-stage waterfall. Just after Boardtree Falls, look for a trail to your right that leads to Alum Gap. The end of this spur trail takes you to a sweeping view of the gulf. There are four excellent viewing spots across the larger rock shelf.

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Scott Weaver
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Beautiful Falls. Really nice trail. Very casual with just a few spots of some slope.

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Zaldi Zapanta
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Very good trail to visit. Amazing weather with great friends to share this trip.. Moderate and has clear path to follow. A lot of great rock formations along the way

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Noel White
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Nice weather and awesome hike with the kiddos

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Leslie Bishop
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Very nice views. Very very rocky!!! Use caution

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Jordan Jackson
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Beautiful trail! The husband & I are getting into hiking and this one did not disappoint. The upper & lower portion of the falls was beautiful! Loved the fact they had the spiral staircase so that we could go down to get in the water or eat lunch if we chose to do so. Then containing our upper trail hike we ran into another waterfall where there was a small suspended bridge to cross a stream. We continued our hike & stopped near Alum Gap. Also enjoyed the short cut back to the parking lot lol. Well kept trail & wonderful views, I highly recommend! Keep in mind: there are no restrooms.

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Todd W
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Greeter Falls and Boardtree Trail/Falls. Not that long, but really fun trails. Lots of roots and rocks/boulders to climb over. The cliff wall and overhang on the trail are cool features. And plenty of swimming holes, although today was a bit chilly for that. All three falls from Greeter up Boardtree trail are beautiful! Also, it is popular, the parking lot was full. And there are no bathrooms.

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