Stinging Fork Falls Trail

MODERATE 67 reviews

Stinging Fork Falls Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Spring City, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
439 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

This pretty trail is short, fast and steep down to the creek. It is beautiful down at the bottom by the falls. The rock-strewn path becomes heavily shaded by the forest. The more you descend during this short hike, green moss starts taking up residence over the small boulder fields that become the path. Closer to the creek, you'll catch a glimpse of one of the smaller falls and, around spring, you may also see lots of mountain laurels in bloom. At the base of the creek is Stinging Falls, one of the many lovely spots for waterfalls in Tennessee. The cove is quiet and very serene. The water from the falls tumbled into a swimming hole that was equal parts clear, blue and green.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful hike and nice waterfall with good swimming possibilities at the right time of year. It is technically challenging: climbing over rocks, steep steps, and a significant elevation gain (the start/end is flat for maybe 1/2 mile). Well worth it!

Also, we met a couple friendly dogs along the way!

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

What an enjoyable hike.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful hike! A bit scrambly to get to the waterfall - wet and mossy rocks, stairs were falling apart, loose rocks and stones. However so absolutely beautiful. Lots of lovely moss and lichen, trees, big rocks to climb on. You could see to the bottom of the little pool underneath the waterfall. However - of you have bad knees or poor balance this will be a little challenging.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

Hard climb...

hiking
3 months ago

Adults swimming naked… They don't care if you have kids with you

hiking
3 months ago

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hiking
4 months ago

Great hike difficult at times! The stairs need work so be careful going up and down them. I would suggest taking so mosquito repellent they are pretty bad at the falls.

5 months ago

nature trips
5 months ago

peaceful nice very clean trails ,very well maintained

5 months ago

Definitely a great, but at times, difficult hike; very secluded- absolutely no other people there. Enjoy the water, but watch out for snakes.

hiking
5 months ago

This is between a moderate and hard hike. There were some bad storms a few days prior which resulted in three or four downed trees across the path. To get to the falls you must go down a pretty steep path at the end. Definitely worth it. I liked that it was very secluded. We were the only ones down there. You can follow the stream for another half mile or so. Would absolutely do it again.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

The hike starts off very unassuming and easy and then you see those stairs and you know you are about to put in some work to see that beautiful waterfall.

The stairs have seen some better days, several are missing and loose, so please be careful while traveling on them.

This hike was very sunny, not much shade. The waterfall was gorgeous, one of the prettiest I have seen to date.