Lost Creek Falls Trail

EASY 80 reviews

Lost Creek Falls Trail is a 0.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sparta, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. 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.

0.2 miles
29 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



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rock climbing






wild flowers

bridge out


This is an easy walk to a waterfall and unbelievable cave-with a waterfall in it as well. The cave is right across from Lost Creek Falls. Please know the park is only open for day use. Camping is not permitted. In order to enter the cave, you must secure a permit from Fall Creek Falls State Park.

25 days ago

Absolutely Beautiful and easy to explore. We have gone here for years and now that they've made it an actual park, it's so easy to hike . I highly recommend it .

2 months ago

Beautiful year round.

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2 months ago

beautiful in the autumn colors; peaceful in its isolation, almost other-worldly...

3 months ago

Not much of a hike, but it’s beautiful. It’s great for kids, dogs, people who aren’t able to handle big/difficult hikes.

3 months ago

Super easy hike. You have an amazing waterfall that you are able to walk behind on one side and a huge cave 500 yards away on the other side. I highly recommend packing a lunch and eating at the waterfall. I was told the waterfall was used in the children's movie the Jungle Book.

3 months ago

Great short little hike with two trails and a couple of caves. The water fall was AMAZING!

4 months ago

Short and sweet, beautiful in all seasons!

5 months ago

I wouldn't really consider this a "hike" but it is a beautiful destination. We had the falls all to ourselves the day we went. It was 98 degrees that day and we were very comfortable at the base of the falls and the water was cold. It is hard to find the Natural area. I recommend it for kids. The day we went the water only came half way up my calf but I'm sure that changes. If you want to explore in the cave or even just walk over to it, you will need your hiking boots but I recommend water shoes for the base of the falls. Its very rocky. Don't skip this experience! Enjoy Loves!

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6 months ago

Beautiful trail. It's downhill but very easy. The waterfall and scenery are breathtaking. Several scences from Walt Disney's Jungle Book were also filmed here. The cave is easy in and out. I took my daughters in several times when they were like 8 & 10. I do believe since it became a park, the cave is closed at times due to bat hibernation.

7 months ago

After a good rain this waterfall was amazing! We ventured out into the cave to find that waterfall as well♡
Definitely would do it again!

7 months ago

We went yesterday and were in awe of the beauty after such a short walk. My 6 & 8 year old had a ball. Will definitely go back. The drive there is pretty too.

9 months ago

Wonderful place. Not much hiking but a lot to see in a small area. Be aware that you must have a permit to enter the cave. You can get them by calling Fall Creek Falls. The cave is also closed in the winter months but it’s still worth the visit

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Pretty cool place. Been wanting to check it out for a while. Was not disappointed. Took my 6 year old. Short walk from the parking area. Waterfall was really nice. The cave was closed d/t the bats hibernating. Will definitely go back when I can go all the way thru!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Short hike but worth it! Waterfall was amazing. The cave is to the left off the trail on the way back to the parking lot. It was closed for hibernating bats just a couple days ago when I was there. It isnt as hard to find as I had read- there are signs for it on the road.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Beautiful with a neat cave to explore

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Great place to visit! A little too treacherous for me though

Monday, July 24, 2017

great hike! trekking the cave is a lot of fun and rewarded with the waterfall at the end. a little bit of climbing is involved but nothing too strenuous. definitely worth the trip!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

loved this trail! not very long, but such a beautiful place! wish I would have read the comments better and known about the waterfall in the cave...didn't have much time to explore anyway because it was getting late. next time we're out this way we will be back with a whole day for this area. great spur of the moment hike

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Gorgeous fall and cave. We explored a little in the cave but didnt go all the way back. Met a local and he said there is a waterfall all the way back but it's a mile or so back. Make sure you bring good flashlights/head lamps because it's pitch black. Bring jacket it is cold in the cave. Not much hiking involved the trail pretty much takes you right to fall and cave but it was neat to explore the area around fall and cave

Saturday, June 24, 2017

This was an amazing hike! I took my daughter who is 15 & her friend who is 14. We were ready with headlamps and sturdy boots. The waterfall at the back of the cave was well worth the time it took us to go!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Beautiful, short hike. The falls are gorgeous. We went into the cave to see the waterfall in there. It was about half a mile back in pitch black. When we finally got to the point where the falls were (we could hear them but not see them) we were not sure how to get over to them. The falls go into a big, deep basin and falling is probable if you are not careful. The cave hike is NOT for children. Make sure you have a strong flashlight and fresh batteries.

Be sure to check out Ryland Cascades also. These are located past the parking area on the left side of the road. There is a small pull off where you can park and then take the half mile trail to the falls.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

The waterfall is beautiful and the cave is awesome. However, because of the rocks it's very difficult to explore the cave with young children.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

This place was awesome. Best on the trip so far. We went sooooo far into he cave!!!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Such a cool place to explore and the directions take you straight there. Def check out the cave and go all the way back, flash lights are a must!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

short but sweet little walk!! want to go back with a headlamp with batteries that aren't dead!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

One of my favorite places around! The cave is the best part, I would suggest going with a group through the cave and have plenty of water and flash lights. I had a blast!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The waterfall outside is the main feature of this location. It's not recommended that you go into the cave. You actually need a permit to do so.

Monday, February 20, 2017

The trail is pleasant, but if you're adventurous and have a few flashlights, then definitely go into the cave. The lost waterfall is spectacular

Saturday, November 26, 2016

loved it we when of the beaten path

Saturday, October 22, 2016

It wasn't a lot of water but I thought it was beautiful. LOVED it!!

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