Spruce Flats Falls Trail

MODERATE 76 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
469 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

hiking
10 days ago

Nice hike waterfall was super flooded today

hiking
18 days ago

First, my review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer.

The trail is easy to follow even through it isn't marked. I think it's rated moderate not for the length of the trail, but rather it's condition. You'll find rocks and tree roots across the trail. Nothing a 60+ year old in good shape can't negotiate, but it's not like walking on a side walk. There is also on 200 yard section with a 10-20 drop off. Trail is also muddy after rain.

One advantage of this trail is that it's lightly traveled. The most people I've ever seen at the falls is 6 even during the height of the tourist season.

The waterfall itself is a photographic jewel. I've been to this falls at least five times and have always enjoyed the photos I've taken. As a bonus the falls have ample water even during the summer since its partially spring fed.

If you have time for only one waterfall in the GSMNP, skip Laurel Falls and it's hugh crowds and go to Spruce Flats.

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great short hike to a nice waterfall. It is kind of steep in a few areas, and may be difficult for someone who doesn't hike a lot, but the shortness of the trail makes up for that. The trail itself has a lot of roots and rocks as well but again, if you go hiking often this will be an easy hike for you. Loved the waterfall.

hiking
1 month ago

My boyfriend and I went on this hike just a few days ago and LOVED it! The waterfall was still almost completely frozen and was such a beautiful sight to see. I would definitely recommend this shirt hike to anyone, but especially those that are looking for a unique winter hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Great short hike if you’re limited on time and want me to see a nice water fall feature.

hiking
2 months ago

Very short hike with beautiful falls!! ❤️

hiking
2 months ago

Got away from the crowd with this one. Nice trail, great views of the falls

3 months ago

Nice trail. Pretty technical but worth the hike.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a pretty difficult hike but it's short and with a great reward! If you park at the small visitors center, walk up passed the gravel road and follow the signs that say "Falls."

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this! Not as heavily traveled or busy as some of the other (more popular) trails in the Great Smoky Mtns.

My husband and boys (10, 15) thoroughly enjoyed the hike and scenic views at the falls.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail! I took my wife and 4 kids (7-12) up to the falls today, and we really enjoyed it. There are some pretty steep drop offs on the trail, so keep your kids with you! Beautiful trail and beautiful falls!

4 months ago

This a great hike and well worth it! Falls were following well. Amazing beauty!

hiking
4 months ago

A short and rewarding hike, but not always easy. This trail has a couple of steep sections; and because the Park doesn't do regular maintenance on it, the rocks and roots are pretty treacherous if you're not paying attention. The falls are beautiful though, and it's well worth finding this little trail that isn't listed on the Park map.

hiking
4 months ago

A short, and steep in places, hike to a lovely waterfall. The trail is not very well maintained and has plenty of rocks and roots--you have to watch your steps carefully. A couple of nice mountain views. We saw a bear cub when we hiked it, but no mama bear or siblings.

hiking
5 months ago

Good trail, has rocks and roofs. Water falls is picturesque. Beware of the yellow jacket nest where the trees are marked with caution tape

7 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

9 months ago

Beautiful waterfall

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