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Machine Falls Loop Trail is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tullahoma, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.1 mi Elevation gain 583 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Scramble

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From trailhead, stay to the left. Stay on Busby Falls trail until bridge crossing Bobo Creek. Cross bridge and follow purple marking, this is Laurel Bluff Loop. Follow around back to bridge. Cross back over and turn left to continue on Busby Falls trail. Once you get to Machine Falls Loop, turn right and head back to trailhead.

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Reviews (706)
Photos (615)
Recordings (434)
Completed (1557)
Matthew Perea
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Hiking

It’s a loop trail. So if you want to avoid lunging up a few stairs, go left on the trail.. if you want to feel like you are adventurous crossing small rivers, go right. Both trails take you to the falls. We went right and the falls are beautiful! We stayed about an hour to relax and eat.

Elise Carnes
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Hiking

Great trip! Trail was clear and beautiful. Could do a little better marking exactly where things were, but we eventually found the waterfall! Only downside, it was a Saturday and there were SO MANY PEOPLE. Parking was rough too.

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John Bauer
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Megan Doyal
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What a great trail! It is steep so be careful. I went with my 6 year old, 3 year old and my 1 year old. My 3 year old and my 1 year old I had on kids leash. You will need to go through water to see it but it's so beautiful and so worth it. We all had a blast

Leaanne Frye
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Hiking

Great place to cool off, bit crowded but it was a saturday. Kid friendly. Saw a couple snake and a turtle.

Jenna Jimenez
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Hiking

Well maintained trail. We went counter clockwise and added Abrams Falls. Definitely worth going to.

Paul Rowland
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HikingMuddy

Go clockwise for the entire loop to avoid going up steep stairs. impressive waterfalls throughout the trail. one really cool area with naturally squared off stones with shallow water you can wade in.

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Jessica Seabrook
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Jackie Harry
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Hiking

Great trail! We went left at start of trail to do a quicker hike to the Falls (approx 1 mile) and decided to go back that way b/c we had limited time. Want to go back and do the full loop next time. It’s only steep with stairs for a small section of the trail. The rest is very easy. The Falls were not crowded at all since it was a weekday morning and a light rain (trail very wooded and provides for coverage). Good hike and waterfall for kids. The water is shallow and perfect for wading.

Meredith H
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Hiking

Great trail! Lots of sections to walk along in the rocks in the water if desired, or can use the path. Great waterfall!

Lani TheHiker
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Hiking

One of my favorites. It’s heavenly and crisp clear water.

Anna C.
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Hiking

This hike was relatively easy and the waterfall definitely made it worth it! There were some very steep points so be careful with little ones and those with any physical issues!

Jacob Gibbs
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Trails in great shape. Wide and overall smooth. Amazing waterfall and large, multi tiered cove area to wade in the water and enjoy flat rock outcroppings. Water is quite cold even in summer. Definitely a must see. A few areas of quite steep elevation but overall moderate in difficulty. Busy on weekends and limited parking. Shaded throughout. Definitely bring water shoes and swimsuit.

ann lawrence
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Hiking

easier than moderate. pretty crowded as well and poorly marked but still a good time and would be a lot of fun with kids. lots of wildlife as well

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Tim Nelson
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Hiking

Trail in good condition. Moderate. Enjoyed the cool water

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Brett Schmit
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Hiking

These trails are amazing I love 5 minutes from them, I’ve been going for about 14 years now. For those of you saying “it’s to busy” well it was a well kept secret. And now we have way to many people coming and disrupting the ecosystem with littering which is disgusting, limit your trips here and don’t come in large groups please. We have lots of flowers on these trails that are endangered! Also there’s springs you can drink out of by the falls or fill your bottle with. For those of you saying it’s too busy you can thank this app for it.

Sherri Molchan
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While Machine Falls was beautiful, there were to many people for my taste. I really enjoyed Busby Falls. There were only a few people there. Get an early start to avoid the crowds. Overall, it was a good day hike.

Jack ODell
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Hiking

This trail is amazing a great place to go for a day hike and the water fall is easily accessible.

Elizabeth Beltran
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Be prepared to get your shoes wet and for multiple stairs

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Brittany Cuppcake
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Hiking

Parking is available next to the water tower- for the area parking is actually pretty limited. You will get ticketed if you park wrong. The hike is actually pretty easy. There some elevation changes that might be a bit difficult for people with any walking problems. It’s a beautiful hike !!! There’s a field of wildflowers you’ll meet before you have the option to go left or right. I went to the left and hit Machine Falls fairly quickly. They are beautiful- but it gets packed! Which honestly takes away from the appeal of them. I get out in nature to be alone, not be surrounded by people. Once you keep going you are able to take another loop towards some falls. I forget what they are called but they were almost nonexistent so it was an extra little walk for the sake of building character. There are a lot of fallen trees- something I love to take pictures of so I enjoyed it. My advice is to go early so you can get a place to park and so you can better enjoy the trail and the falls. Overall it’s great- just over packed.

Melissa Douglas
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Fairly easy trail. Definitely go left as other have said, steep going down but great coming back. Falls were a little crowded, but not bad. Definitely beautiful and worth the hike. Shaded throughout, but not overgrown at all. Lots of dogs and a few kids on the trail, so you know it’s an easy one. Be sure to bring water shoes along to get to Machine Falls.

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Kailee Morris
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This was a great easy trail!! Definitely bring water shoes if you want to get close to the falls! Lots of shade during the entire trail. Some areas were muddy and slippery but otherwise easy to walk. There’s also loops to more water falls but we stuck with the machine loop to machine falls. I can see this place getting packed so recommend going during week for more quiet space!

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Emma Small
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HikingMuddy

Mostly shady, great for a hot or rainy day. Water fall was wonderful! Skipped the Adams falls portion, but still did over 4 miles!

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Lindsay Wilkinson
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HikingMuddy

We had a great day hiking this trail and it definitely exceeded expectations! It was really muddy due to rain, and most of this loop trail is quite narrow. Definitely bring bug spray for this, but it is a very shady trail which was nice. The falls are amazing and we spent most of the time there. Definitely recommend but bring water shoes!

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Hope Robertson
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Hiking

Enjoyed the walk up the stream to the waterfalls.

Lindsay Williams
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Hiking

Great Trail! I recommend you take the loop to the left when starting out, the hike down is very steep, but coming back up the other side is decent!!!

Haley Westervelt
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Hiking

What an easy trail with a gorgeous fall at the end! We saw lots of families and kids there. Great for splashing around or swimming on a hot day. There were a lot of off-shoots, but we stuck with the machine falls loop and clocked 2 miles.

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