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very pretty. slippery rocks of course so make sure your shoes have tread on them before going. the trail winds from the land into the water to the rocks to get to the waterfall.

Great place!! Short hike down stream then follow the river bed to the falls. Ton of people.

hiking
8 days ago

Love the beautiful fall and hike!!

Had a great time this past Sunday with the family. Kinda short but fun.

Nice trail. Great scenery along the water the whole way. But very short and no access to the water. Wow went on a Friday early afternoon so not too crowded.

Beautiful scenery! Lots of people.

Great hike to many people.

good hike for a hot day very crowded watch the slick rocks saw a few people go down in the creek and one at the falls and one being taken out on a stretcher only 4 * because so crowded

Cummins Falls is a beautiful place. Unfortunately way too crowded now that it is a state park. People do not wear proper footwear, carry too much stuff and leave trash and things behind.Just did it a couple of weeks ago with two of my kids, but the trail is tough going back up, so don't wear yourself out at the Falls. Be respectful, be careful on the water crossing, carry out all of your stuff and Enjoy!

hiking
23 days ago

This waterfall is large and in charge :)

hiking
26 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

I have done this hike like 8 times. Great falls but nearly always super crowded and people are generally rude and throwing their trash wherever

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was amazing and definitely one of our favorites! I went last week with a 10 yr old and a 3.5 yr old. Both girls enjoyed it and were able to complete the out and back hike. We enjoyed the swimming area near the falls and were able to climb up some of the falls without any problems. There was one section of the trail down to the river that was steep and slippery, we just took it slowly. Once near the falls, there are a ton of life vests available for use. Highly recommended for weak swimmers and little ones.

I along with my 8 and 6 year old daughters took the hike early this morning. We were hoping to beat the crowds. The trail can be steep at times but with soooooo many people the trail could be considered dangerous. The creek bed was to be expected... rocky. Be sure to wear a water shoe or tennis shoes. The rocks can be slippery but I was more concerned with twisting an ankle. The falls were BEAUTIFUL! A small crowd of about 25 people were there between 8am and 10am. At 10am the crowds staring coming in. We left around 1pm and by that time there were over 100 people at the falls and more hiking in. The hike out was rough. Once again soooooo many people. We counted another 100 people going in while we were hiking out.

To sum it up.. hike was great but too many people to really e joy the natural beauty. Oh and people really need to clean up after themselves. Trash and water bottles everywhere.

So profound connection with nature - walking up to the falls via Riverbed - the most spectacular falls to walk behind , sit on and jump off into a crystal clear 10 ft swimming pool hole

Literally a 2 min drive from the highway and a 5 min walk. Great to stop, stretch your legs, and see a beautiful waterfall on a road trip across TN.

I just got home from hiking this trail. The overlook to the falls is a very easy and short hike. We hiked down to the falls and to say that this was a strenuous hike is an understatement. There were hundreds of people there today. We arrived around 1 and people were coming up from the falls as we were going down. Some areas are maybe, and I’m stressing, maybe, three feet wide, on a steep incline. You have lines of people coming up and going down, in mud with one side a drop off, a steep drop off. There is railing in certain areas but for some reason no rails in what seems to be the most dangerous spots. It’s muddy. You’re trying to pass people and not slide off, literally. Total miles that we walked from the car to the falls and back to the car is 2.5 miles. I’ve hiked much longer trails than that but have never been as tired and sore as I am from this one. I don’t think it would be stretching to say that at least a mile of this is in water. It’s the only way to go. It’s anywhere from 6 inches to 3 feet deep... in rocks. You have to be careful not to slip and fall with every step. I would not recommend taking kids here.. maybe teenagers but no small kids. It’s way too dangerous. The falls were beautiful but to me not worth it and i rarely say that. It’s DANGEROUS. This is a long review but I’m trying to give you all some detail of what you’re getting into. Three people were being rescued when we arrived. One man had hurt an ankle and some other people had fell down an embankment. We ventured down the trail to the bottom of the falls anyway. On our way down a family had stopped and had to call for help for a family member. She was early 50s maybe... seemed very healthy but was having trouble breathing and looked to be about to pass out. The falls were beautiful, I’m uploading pics, but, the strenuous hike and dangerous surroundings made it not worth it for us. I’ll never go back. Take the time to read through these reviews and remember that a lot of the ones that say this is an easy hike are talking about to the waterfall overlook not the base of the falls.

mountain biking
1 month ago

nice park paved trail around the lake with about 1.4 mile of mountain bike trail that is directional depending on the day of the week not difficult at all fun with good flow some small features also a short greenway trail the goes about 1 mile away from cane creek and dead ends.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is a lot of fun and even though distance is relatively short, it can seem longer because you are walking mainly in the water and over rocks. Not difficult at all and a lot of fun for children but if you like to walk in alone or in quite areas be warned, HIGH TRAFFIC path!

very crowded but a nice trail. our chihuahua loved it.

Very crowded since it’s whereabouts went viral. Definitely beautiful and fun, however it’s sooo trafficked.
It’s worth seeing though.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful falls. Kid friendly. Life vest and Water shoes recommended.

High traffic but beautiful

Best Park I've ever been to! I recommend anyone that wants to go go. Bring plenty of water and snacks! Good trail a little rugged with a good up hill climb coming out and the park rangers are very kknowledgeable friendly!

This place was amazing. We got there at 8 when it opened and it wasn't to busy. We left at 1 and it was getting very busy, only complaint, people need to keep a better eye on their kids me and my friend stopped two children one from falling off the trail and one of the falls. Their parents were really far off. If your going to take your children be prepared to keep a close eye on them.

we love it, walk no to bad like 45 minutes and at the end is beautiful the water fall ,water was so clear and cold but your body get used to it easy ,love it, love it !!!

We took the advice of others and arrived early, 8:07. The Park opens at 8 so we had perfect timing. There was only about 30 people when we arrived, however, as the time got closer to 10:30-11:00, they were coming in masses! You could see a continuous stream of people coming, up to 200. They weren’t checking bags when we arrived, but saw them checking bags when we left. There was a long line of people waiting! Highly recommend you go EARLY!! Also, did not see that this was a loop. We walked down, then back up the same route. It’s more like 2.2 miles

hiking
2 months ago

Had a great time here. It is beautiful. Ran in to a few spots where some jerks left their trash from lunch and it is very very busy but we have a 2,6, and 7 year olds who all made it just fine.

2 months ago

We had the best time on this beautiful hike!!!! Easy hike down but the riverbed to the falls is rough, make sure you wear water shoes with good traction. Also a waterproof phone case, towels, sunscreen and waterproof bag is advisable. Be prepared the hike back up is rough and straight up the hill with steps!! Highly recommend!!!!

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