Window Cliffs is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Baxter, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
662 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Please be mindful that this trail crosses a creek several times. Water levels vary depending on weather conditions. After periods of rain, the water level will be higher and the creek may be difficult to cross. Park opens at 8am.

hiking
5 days ago

Great place to hike love the view from the top

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washed out
23 days ago

Two things you’ll need on this trail, extra dry socks and shorts. In order to make it down to the window clips and back you have to cross water 18 different times. Sometimes only ankle deep but other times up to your knees. A beautiful trail with plenty to look at and lots of rock formations. I’ll definitely be going back but I’ll probably wait until it’s a little bit warmer I still can’t feel my feet. The entire trail takes about 4 to 5 hours.

1 month ago

Don't forget your water shoes/sandals! Temps were in the 40s when we started, chilly but doable and FUN

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muddy
1 month ago

plan for creek crossings x6.

we just hiked to the first crossing and back

hiking
1 month ago

I didn’t read descriptions ahead so I wasn’t prepared to cross the creek when it was 30 degrees. Not much to see just to walk down in winter but I would like to check out the full trail one day.

1 month ago

definitely on my favorites list. Climb out of the gorge is a little strenuous. creek crossings make this a fun summer hike.

2 months ago

I went last summer and plan on going again soon. Creek crossings are alot of fun. the view is amazing. saw several deer grazing. the only downside was a very close encounter with a copper head. if you go during the summer be mindful of where you step. other than that a great place

5 months ago

So much fun! 6 miles round trip, 9 river crossings. Deepest part was up to my knees and on a couple crossings, the current was strong! Each crossing has cables so that was helpful. The waterfall, the window cliffs view at the top and the water crossings make this a new favorite!

hiking
5 months ago

It was in the 40’s when we started the hike. The Water crossings were frigid! All crossings were mid shin to mid thigh! Not a good hike if your wanting to stay dry! The waterfall was way rad! The cliffs at the end of the trail were an awesome to eat some food and enjoy the view! On the way out it was in the 60’s the water was still cool but much more tolerable. The last thing you do is walk up 300 ft of elevation right before the parking lot. Probably not a good hike for small children, but very fun!! Will do again!

5 months ago

hard but worth it. cross water 10 times

6 months ago

Maybe I should rate this poorly to keep it secret... bring your water shoes. Lots of stream crossings and a tough short hike at the halfway point for a great view

6 months ago

Save some energy going the last stretch back to the parking lot...its all up hill for a good workout. Beautiful hike! Good idea to take a pair of dry shoes to change into because the ones you wear to hike in will get wet.

6 months ago

Was a Awesome hike! Not too hard and so much fun! You will have to get wet up to shorts.
Great overlooks, well marked trail and beautiful water fall.
I’d say just moderate not hard hike. 3-4 hours and I’d do it 100 times again.

6 months ago

Very well maintained and easy to follow. If the rivers are low it really isn’t hard, and even if they are there are cables at every big crossing. Well worth the hike for the view of the cliffs and the waterfall.

7 months ago

This is one of my favs in the Upper Cumberland! Half of what makes this so much fun are all the water crossings. They range from ankle to waste deep. Cables run across for a stable handhold but they sometimes wash out after a really bad storm. (Do NOT go down here if there's a flood warning) The view from the top of the window cliffs is icing in the cake.

7 months ago

Challenging and the creeks and meadows were beautiful. The park is full of wildflowers and your in the shade most of the time. That combined with crossing the creeks makes it a great spot for a summer hiking.

hiking
7 months ago

My favorite day hike. GPS length varies between 5.5-6.2 miles. Save some energy for the ascent as you finish the trail!

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful trail!! Loved every minute of it!! Not very long, and even with some people on the trail, it wasn't crowded at all. The views were spectacular and the falls, even somewhat dry, were still really nice! Planning on going back in the fall, for rainy season, to have more fun in the creek crossings and the falls. Definitely a top 3 in my book!!!

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful trail! Even with a full parking lot it didn’t feel crowded. The river crossings are beautiful, and the window cliffs are worth the effort. The waterfall at the very end would be great for swimming!! Only 4/5 because there are no dogs allowed.

hiking
7 months ago

Great little hike. Not overly strenuous. Your feet will get wet, there’s no way around it.

hiking
7 months ago

The trail was in excellent condition obviously receiving routine maintenance. The creeks were pretty low (6”-8”) with crossings 3 and 4 being dry. The waterfall was flowing well and worth a short stop to admire. A ranger was present at the top of the cliffs to ensure hiker safety.

hiking
7 months ago

Boring and easy trail I have no idea who put it down as hard

7 months ago

A really nice afternoon hike. your feet will get wet. Good view at the end

hiking
7 months ago

really enjoyed this trail, lots of creek crossing, the only part I found to be strenuous was coming back up the trail after the first creek crossing on the way back, it was pretty steep. will definitely go back this fall.

8 months ago

I’ve done this hike a few times, once when the water was low and today with lots of free flowing creeks. It was an amazing time a day to hike. Went all the way to the top to see the Window Cliffs first and then stopped for a refreshing dip in the falls!! If you want to get in the falls i recommend hiking down the far side and climbing into the water at the bottom of the falls. There is a nice rock shelf for you to walk all the way up to the falls! Bring your GoPro for great pictures!! Poles are always recommended for passing through the 7 creek crossings, they Tend to be slippery no matter the amount of water/current flow!!

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike. Creeks were high due to recent rain although easy to pass using guide wires. View at end of trail would be better in fall with less foliage. Overall a strenuous hike with poles recommended!

hiking
8 months ago

VERY STRENUOUS!! VERY WORTHWHILE!! Please make sure to bring a backpack with hydration & snacks. Heavily inclined.

hiking
8 months ago

I wouldn't consider the trail hard. There is hardly any elevation gain and the creek crossings weren't terrible. I went late July and some of the creeks were dry or hardly had any water. Definitely wear water shoes, otherwise your shoes will be wet the entire time. I had a hard time locating the viewing area of the window cliffs. It says overlook, but usually when it says that you assume it's below you, but instead you need to look up and you will see them. Definitely missed that and had to ask another hiker. So be sure to look up!

hiking
8 months ago

This is a marvelous hike. Wear proper shoes and clothes for getting wet. Depending on the levels, the creek can be high or low. If current is mild, great swimming holes. Pack a lunch and enjoy the view. Before it was a park, it was not as diverse as now. Great low lands to enjoy. State has done a great job putting in split rails to keep you from sliding down the hills (thanks)! If in the area, please enjoy but know this is a hike, not a walk in the woods. The hard rating is earned

hiking
9 months ago

Closed for today due to strong currents

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