Polly Branch Falls Trail

MODERATE 29 reviews

Polly Branch Falls Trail is a 10.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sparta, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from January until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

10.3 miles
1499 feet

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wild flowers


Polly Branch Water fall loop trail takes you to the upper and lower falls, a primitive backpacking camp before looping back to the trailhead

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The trail is flat, easy, and wide-open until you get to the turn-off for the falls, then it's downhill till fording the stream, making for a bit of a hike on the way back up. Hiking the trail in late winter isn't the prettiest, but I'd imagine with foliage it's a lot nicer.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

This trail was very strenuous and poorly marked. We were unable to cross the cascades by foot due to how deep the water was. So in order to get to the campsite before dark we had to hike upstream and cross the cascades on a log. Although this trail is beautiful it was very strenuous and not what we had anticipated based on previous reviews,

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

A nice trail either for a day hike or a short overnighter.
It should be noted this trail is closed during deer season so you will want to check before heading out.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Nice trail, quiet and easy. Great enjoyable day out. A nice alternative to more strenuous virgin falls trail

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Even though Virgin Falls gets more attention, the other trails in the area such as Polly Branch are well worth checking out. I completed this on a warm weekend when cars parked at the Virgin Falls trailhead emptied out to the road. But I only saw three other groups of hikers on this trail that day. The elevation changes aren't as drastic and the trail is wide and comfortable for most of its length. Because of the far lesser use on this side of the area the trail is in a much more natural condition. I was actually surprised by how many delicate wildflowers there were growing along and on the trail. There is minimal signage and blazes, but if you are watching it is not difficult to see the trail. On the day my group completed this trail, we hiked to the Caney Fork where a nice camp is then backtracked to catch a connector to the Chestnut Mountain Ranch trail. That meant two shallow stream crossings. As another hiker has said, much of this trail and others in the area are old log roads/trails

Sunday, June 07, 2015

This hike was o.k. Definitely needs to have better signs. I hiked to the camping area and somehow came back out on a different trail. Lots of the trail is in old logging roads. The grass in the roads was rather tall which makes for uncomfortable hiking in shorts. It is a quiet hike with little traffic.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Beautiful area and very secluded. We did not see a single sole on this hike. We decided to make it a backpacking trip for a quick weekend run and hiked into the campsite location at night. A little messy hiking in so late and even more so from the rain falling. This is a dog friendly area and our dog loved every minute of it. We hiked to Polly Branch Falls and explored several of the overlooks. It appears the only legal camping location was at the base of the gulf, by a slow moving portion of Caney Creek. However we saw plenty of sites that looked closed due to overuse. There are plenty of views and things to enjoy for the weekend. Be sure to visit the nearby Virgin Falls area, which is truly spectacular.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Is this a dog friendly trail?

Friday, November 07, 2014

Incredible trail - lots to see and a wide diversity of terrain and sights form overlooks to multiple waterfalls. The app didn't work for recording the track unfortunately. Trail marking leave a little to be desired as far as frequency, but nothing ridiculous. MUCH easier hike than the Virgin Falls. One of my favorite trails in TN to date