Spruce Flats Falls Trail

MODERATE 35 reviews

Spruce Flats Falls Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Townsend, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
508 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

4 days ago

It is a beautiful hike. Definitely a work out but worth every minute.

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1 month ago

Has a climb and flats. Rocks, roots, and smooth walking. Beautiful waterfall and casual climbing area.

2 months ago

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2 months ago

Beautiful waterfall

2 months ago

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2 months ago

With each new hike we do in the Smokies, we fall deeper in love with these mountains. This trail was no exception. From the parking lot at the Institute, you will walk uphill to the gravel way and follow well-marked signs from there. While only two miles total, the elevation gain up some of the rocky inclines can be a little tough. I would recommend hiking poles and plenty of water and snacks. There is a nice overlook about halfway to the falls, and the actual falls are gorgeous and flowing, as long as we are not in another drought. You can also climb to the top of the falls on a very steep side trail (would not advise for anyone with younger kids or anyone not in good shape). You'll have to do some tricky rock and root climbing but being at the top of the falls is lovely. There's another waterfall up there not visible from below, and then some smaller ones cascading above those! We put up the hammock here and relaxed the afternoon away. We passed 2 groups of young kids coming out, and just a dad and his two younger kids on the way with us. The institute does lots of field trips so kids all around is not uncommon.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Beautiful !

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3 months ago

Great hike! Good elevation and challenge in the way to falls. Great views at falls and fairly easy hike back. Highly recommend and good for kids over 5.

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3 months ago

For such a short hike, this trail has a lot to offer. Roots, rocks and some steep inclines make this an interesting trip. As you descend the log staircase, the handrail has been polished by so many hands, it feels like glass! The falls are breathtaking. Nice place to rest, or picnic.

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4 months ago