Stinging Fork Falls Trail

MODERATE 78 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.

1.7 miles
439 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips






wild flowers



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.

4 days ago

Beautiful! Really steep though

15 days ago

great hike. .not to long
going back up is another story lol

2 months ago

Hiked trail today. Did not disappoint. Trail was icy going down to falls but passable.

3 months 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!

4 months ago

What an enjoyable hike.

5 months 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.

6 months ago

Hard climb...

6 months ago

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

8 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.

nature trips
9 months ago

peaceful nice very clean trails ,very well maintained

9 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.

9 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.

11 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.

11 months ago

Loved this hike ... beautiful water falls!

11 months ago

Great short little trail with beautiful reward at the end. I hiked in with my 2 year old daughter in a carrier and the final descent was a little tough, so be careful if you have very small children.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Loved the trail and water falls

Monday, February 27, 2017

I loved it , it was a great workout however make sure you follow the white side paneling! I got lost about 3 times

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The water was flowing strong today, making the falls a sight to see. Taking the fork to the right leads to a fun path down to the falls. The ice made the steps a little tricky, but the trail is very short. If you take a left at the fork, it leads to an overlook. Right now the overlook offers a view of the creek that normally can't be seen because of the leaves. I always enjoy stinging fork!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Great quiet, tranquil Monday afternoon hike. Stairs are a bit tricky but falls are worth effort. Overall walk is short with easy terrain

Sunday, July 31, 2016

great and long... wasn't expecting it to be a boulder and rock trail but none the less it was a great hike and Good workout to see an amazing waterfall, creek, and scenery... i highly recommend this trail... Do take plenty of water and massive a snack with you

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Falls not flowing very good right now . we'll marked trail. right fork to the falls is very rocky. still had a good time

Monday, May 30, 2016


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Have went twice. First time it was missing some trail markers and we got confused. Second time all new markers and we had a great time.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

had a great experience!

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Foliage had fallen off by now, late October but from the Overlook on the left we still could not see the falls. Taking the right branch and a steep decline we were able to go to the bottom of the falls. It was well worth the hike down and the view was spectacular. Lots of energy but it was well worth it

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

The overlook was too tree-filled to actually see anything. Since we hiked in July, it might be a better view with fewer leaves on the trees.
The descent to the falls themselves was more strenuous than we anticipated, but it was worth the effort. Due to recent heavy rainfall, there was a good flow of water and lots of groundwater seeping and dripping down the rock walls that my kids loved. The cold water of the river felt great on weary feet and legs and was quite refreshing. It was hard to believe we were just outside of Spring City! Very nice but be prepared for a steep descent/ascent near the falls/river.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

This pretty trail is short, fast and steep down to the creek. It is beautiful down at the bottom by the falls. This is a great workout trail as it takes about an hour down and back moving quickly. I always do my main hiking across the street on the Piney River Trail though.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The overlook, at this time, was slightly overgrown and the view was minimal. The two days of rain prior to my hike made the falls beautiful. It also made the leaf covered trail to the falls a little slick, but was well worth the trip.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Easy trail that is well marked. Decent falls at the end.. I went during low water so spring would be better option or after a period of wet weather.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Beautiful day and easy stroll through the woods to the steep descent to the rushing river and falls. The kids (ages 6 - 15) did well on the trip, even the dog. The trail was narrow and steep at times while we zig zagged down to the river. The scenery was peaceful and loved the sound of rushing water. Daughter, who was ho hum about the trip to begin with exclaimed a couple of times that we have to come back in the summer to go swimming in the pools.

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