Slave Falls Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Jamestown, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.2 miElevation gain377 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestRiverViewsWaterfall
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Getting There
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Slave Falls Base
Slave Falls 70'
36.5316, -84.7673
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Slave Falls Overlook
36.531593, -84.767061
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Loop Trail / Charit Creek Trail
These trails are preceded by Slave Falls
36.53069, -84.76656
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Charit Creek Trail / Spur West Trail
These trails are preceded by Slave Falls
36.53013, -84.76608
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Needle Arch Overlook
36.530573, -84.762699
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Slave Falls Loop Trail / Laurel Fork Creek Trail
36.52056, -84.77575

Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, P.O. Box 23170, 320 Sixth Avenue, North , Nashville, TN, 37202, Phone: 615-741-2158

Directions from Crossville: Take I-40 eastbound, exit at U.S. 127 and travel north to TN 154. Turn off Hwy. 154 onto Fork Ridge Road, continue 3 miles to Sawmill Trailhead.

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Melanie Monette
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Robert Monette
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tracey schmidt
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several trees down across the trail but manageable. falls small amount of water. rock formations amazing!!

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Libby Poland
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Rock formations are cool, the waterfall was nice, and if you decide to go to the arch there is a lot to see in a trail that isn’t long.

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Chris Petitt
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Christina Rebbert
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Beautiful hike through the woods. This trail did not disappoint. We went counterclockwise and saw the waterfall and needle arch near the beginning. Thought the rest of the trail would be a let down but the woods were gorgeous with icicles and the rock formations were amazing.

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Jason Reiling
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Nice trail. Slave falls and the needle arch are highlights. Rest is just a walk in the woods. Connect to the nature loop for a really nice day hike.

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Rob Repass
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HikingMuddyRocky

Did this hike on Jan 10th as a second hike for the day. The falls is worth the trip. As was the Indian rock shelters. Easy hike and nice walk in the woods. Forgot to mention. Take the side trail from the falls area to the Natural Arch. It is one of the best in the area.

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Dee Cooper
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Great trail. Not too strenuous. Mostly just peaceful walk through beautiful woods. Slave Falls is not a big waterfall but still one of my favorite hikes. We also took the short offshoot to see the Eye of the Needle natural bridge definitely recommend this one.

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Gary Lands
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Nice walk in the woods, lots of overhangs and needle arch was interesting, saw no one on the trail,

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Eileen Stuber
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Vitaly Prikhodko
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Awesome rock formations. Pretty easy for all ages. Kids loved it.

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Dawn Simpson
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Toni Lobdell
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Matthew R
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Great trail! Easy hike and solitude which is very nice!

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Darcy Grimesey
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Mary Willett
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There were a lot of caves and rock ceilings that made us feel we were experiencing history from millions of years past. It was hilly but nothing too steep. The walk through the woods was enjoyable & quiet.

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Kaitlin Ferguson
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Slave Falls was very cool! There were some parts in the rocks that was colorful and looked like little nomes and fairy’s would reside. We saw a black bear on this trail too. You can also hike to the needle arch on this trail too.

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Brandi Rahmanian
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HikingMuddy

Not much of a fall. Had some difficulty finding trail head area. Follow sawmill trail sign to park. Pretty area and lightly trafficked. Fairly easy trail. Not my favorite in the big south fork for sure. Some areas were a bit muddy, but not consistently. Needle arch is another 0.2 off the trail and worth seeing.

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Steve Nunley
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Great short trip for the afternoon

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Randall Dugger
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Me and my soon to be 2 year old son hiked this trail (he was in a ruck sack). We really enjoyed the trail. I would consider this an easy hike and one that can be done fairly quick if your crunched first time.

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Keen Wong
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Jim Ogg
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Nice trail and we were the only ones out there. We followed the lower and upper falls trail segment. The upper falls trail is a little overgrown in spots but worth the hike as there are two arches along the way to see.

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Sara Gregory
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Went out and back to Slave Falls rather than the full loop. Well marked trail, and easy other than the .3 mile spur to the falls, which is a little more challenging but certainly worthwhile. Also took the .2 mile spur to Needle Arch, which is a beautiful little natural arch. Don’t skip the arch if you go to the falls.

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Jim Ogg
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Fairly easy loop. The trail was in good shape and well marked.

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Mandy Dixon
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Hiked Slave Falls Loop and then took the path to Slave Falls. We took the trail counter-clockwise and our trip total between three of us and our watches was 4.5 miles. Not sure about the mileage discrepancy. There were a few downed trees along the path but nothing difficult. The falls was beautiful, but would have been even prettier if it had rained the day before. Overall this was an easy hike and was perfect to bring my mother in law who doesn’t hike, while also loading my pack up to get ready for a backpacking trip.

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Alan LeBlanc
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This is a really sweet waterfall. I would recommend hiking in the clockwise motion and just coming out the way you came in. The route out is basically an old service road with no rock formations or water.

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Andrew Eubank
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This was a great hike! I would say its pretty easy, except for the short side trail to the falls. That part was more moderate, but very doable. The water fall is beautiful. The side trail to Needle Arch was easy. Needle Arch might be smaller than the Twins, but it's equally impressive and beautiful. Indian Rock house is also very impressive, very deep. The entire trail was dry with very little mud.

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