Lost Creek Falls Trail

MODERATE 57 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 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.

0.2 miles
39 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

rock climbing






wild flowers

bridge out


This is an easy hike 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.

5 days 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

3 months ago

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!

4 months ago

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.

6 months ago

Beautiful with a neat cave to explore

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

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!

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

10 months ago

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!

10 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

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!

11 months ago

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!!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Falls weren't super impressive in themselves but the area was still stunning! The cave looks like a blast as well but bring a flashlight and some sturdy boots!! Definitely will be returning after a good rain and/or with some boots and a flashlight!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Cave is amazing. Falls are beautiful. Doesn't get much better. -Aj

Monday, August 22, 2016

Super short. If you go into the cave come prepared. The difficulty of traversing the boulders at the entrance of the cave is great. That is a totally different hike.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

It was wonderful. Hiked through the cave to the waterfall. Bout a 1/2 hike in the cave. Very dark. Must have a flashlight. Lots of climbing. Loved it.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Easy hike to waterfall with not many people around. I had my 1 and 2 year olds with me in back packs and had no problem. The cave is a challenge with little ones due to rocks but we went into cave about 1 mile with them.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Nice scenic drive to get to falls. Very small hike down to see the falls. You can feel the temperature change when you get close to the cave. Very pretty waterfall. Wish we had explored the cave more we just went to the front of it.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Awesome !!!!!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Nice falls that disappear into a sink. Disappearing water can be reached in the cave.

Friday, May 06, 2016


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The trail down to falls and cave is marked with blue markers from the parking area. The fall was so beautiful. There is a trail to get to the top of the falls. Once up there you can hike up to a little cave where the falls seem to come from. This is difficult due to the large boulders that you will need to traverse. The cave has water. Cannot go to far but still fun to explore. The bigger cave opposite the falls was fun to explore. It is very rocky. Take your time and be careful of your footing. We went in far enough that we did not have any natural light and was pitch black when we turned off our flashlight.

Monday, February 29, 2016

The falls and cave are just yards off from parking. I took my 2 and 3 year old with me. There is a creek and a couple of other falls. The cave is closed during winter months until around May or April.

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