Stinging Fork Falls Trail

MODERATE 101 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

Great hike! Tough hike out with a 4 and 1 year old in tow but definitely worth it!

11 days ago

Stinging fork falls is 3 miles round trip, with a a 30-foot (9.1 m) high waterfall. the more tranquil and picturesque swimming holes

many sections are narrow, rocky, and have steep drop-offs into the gorge.

1 month ago

This was a great little trail. Flat and easy till the split then becomes moderately tough. Turn right to go to base of the falls. The trail to the left is starting to get overgrown a little bit but has a pretty view from the top. Part of one of stairways was blocked from a fallen tree on the way down.

1 month ago

Nice hike, but trail not marked clearly on the left fork. Almost stepped on copperhead snake at the fork in the trail...great photo op. Bring a walking stick.

1 month ago


2 months ago

This is my favorite so far! Climbing up and down the rocks was a bit exhausting but even as a beginner I still managed to make it to the waterfall at the end. It's a great spot for a swim so bring a bathing suit!

3 months ago

It looks easy in the beginning, after it forks going down the trail to the bottom of the falls is hard and a little dangerous. But it is worth it and good achievement completing the end of the trail.

3 months ago

Hiked to the falls. yes, its a moderate hard trail towards the bottom but it was worth it!!

3 months ago

Loved this waterfall. Absolutely beautiful. The trail towards the end is poorly marked. Steep and wouldn’t recommend to older people or anyone with knee problems due to it is very steep. Once there it is amazing !

3 months ago

Beautiful views. Watch your step!

4 months ago

Nice trail but very rocky in many parts and a bit hazardous for older folks to navigate. A nice additional trail if you are hiking other short trails (like Piney Falls) in the area.

4 months ago

Nice and secluded. 1st part of the trail is very nice. Last part down to the falls is steep and rocky. Really not a trail at all. Be prepared for that.

4 months ago

First part of Trail is nice, the last half of trail is very rocky, very slick, narrow, and tough! I do not recommend this for newbies, young children, or anyone with knee issues. The last half is not very well marked, needs a few more trail markers.

5 months ago

Beautiful! Really steep though

5 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

8 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!

9 months ago

What an enjoyable hike.

10 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.

11 months ago

Hard climb...

11 months ago

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

Friday, June 23, 2017

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
Sunday, June 04, 2017

peaceful nice very clean trails ,very well maintained

Saturday, June 03, 2017

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

Thursday, June 01, 2017

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.

Friday, April 07, 2017

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.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Loved this hike ... beautiful water falls!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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

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