Explore the best fly fishing trails in Tennessee with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

The pros on this trail are fairly easy. 1. It's one of the very few trails that (after going down some "real" stairs) you start at the bottom of the water fall. No steep descent followed up a steep ascent. 2. Rock Island has various activities within the park. You can swim and go hiking on multiple trails. 3. Indoor bathrooms at the welcome center. This is huge when you travel with children. 4. If you do have children, you'll be happy that there are relatively few parts on the trail where you hug along a cliff. 5.The water fall is right there as soon as you get out of your car.

The con - The water fall is right there as soon as you get out of your car. You are basically left with a nature walk out, away from the water fall and back to the waterfall. There are many times where you stop and think "Wait. Where are we going?" If you contrast to a trail like the Grundy Day Loop, there you see water activity all along the path. Here you're pretty much walking among the trees.

I will go to Rock Island again, but I wouldn't go any farther than the water fall on this trail again.

hiking
3 days ago

Great 4.5 mile hike but wear your Chacos because round trip we crossed the creek 34 times.

Loved everything about this trail! Even if you only drove to the trailhead and out again, it would be worth it (which we are recommending to some elder friends with trouble walking). We did 2.5 miles of the trail. Frequent "offshoots" where you can get off trail to the water and get a better look. Gradual, slow incline, and wide, level (for the most part) path. Full shade all the time. Few other hikers which was awesome. Bring bug spray!!!

At first this trail was pretty easy but it gets difficult at the end. I'm in very good shape and didn't find it too much to handle but if you're not in shape, this one might be very challenging. The last 1-2 miles is very steep. The terrain gets more rocky as you go up and the rocks are very slippery if wet. But the cascades were beautiful. I'd go up early because there's not a ton of room for people by the cascades. We went on a mid Saturday afternoon and it wasn't bad at all in terms of crowd (maybe the difficulty doesn't attract some more touristy folks). The cascades are much bigger than you'd think and the water was super cold. Definitely not a place for little kids. Very nice day hike all in all.

This was a very easy trail to see some magnificent waterfalls. Well worth the short hike.

First real hike, I am hooked! Great views good work out. The bears were cordial. Looking forward to exploring a few more trails. Right after we get back from the Rockies.

camping
9 days ago

the trail is tagged camping my family and children love to hike and camp. Does anyone thats hiked this trail know if theres designated tent spots or do u just find a spot

Loved this trail! Great view and just long enough for a moderate hiker. A little wet in places on the trail but there were rocks that my friend and I used to walk on to keep our shoes relatively dry. All in all, a great trail.

hiking
10 days ago

Quick trail, great for dogs too. Be on the lookout for wildlife. Found a box turtle along the way!

Wasn't expecting much and the waterfalls turned out to be way cooler than I thought. A lot of stream crossings.

11 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

This is a Loop Greenway that goes up one side of Lamar Alexander Parkway and back down the other with underpasses in 3 spots and many side road crossings not very crowed with views of the Smoky MT. in the distance coming back down the other side has some river access.

Took my toddler in a carrier up there today. That was a tough one! Its uphill all the way to the Cascades. First mile and a half is a nice gravel road bed, after that its gradually gets rougher as you go up. The last mile really puts the burn in when you have a 40lb backpack. Lovely scenery all the way, most of it follow the stream but deveates away to a nice forest trail at times. BE Careful at the falls! Someone slipped, fell down an died recently. If you bring kids there are tons of much safer spots along the way to let them play in the water