Explore the most popular Paddle Sports 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
4 days ago

The trail was easy and flat especially easy with a dog in tow. The GPS link from this site takes you to the wrong location. The most difficult part was the stairs at the end. The 7 mile drive to the trailhead has three lookout points. Take time to stop and take in the beauty of these.

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike beautiful waterfall!!

hiking
8 days ago

Trail is very well maintained. The group I was with were 58-66 and we thoroughly enjoyed the trail. The falls are absolutely beautiful. I was able to check it out from the top and then took the stairs down to look at the complete view. The area is well marked not only the trail path but the drive to get to the trailhead.

hiking
9 days ago

Nice easy hike for my wife and I. The waterfall was really nice at the end. I would note that they need better signs from the parking lot and along the trail. We ended up walking around the lake first before finding the trailhead for Benton Falls (although it was a pretty view around the lake)

mountain biking
over grown
10 days ago

It wasn't bad for my very first time out. I recommend it.

there's a tree blocking yellow trail between 1.25 and 1.5 mile markers on the yellow trail. it's only been a day or two but the yellow is the most popular trail out here. you could probably buy pass it if you crawl under it but if you're on a bike it's definitely a blockage. didn't work around it I would probably take the white trail around instead of using yellow for another day or three.

Nice easy hike. Lots of deer!

Great trail for a day out. Beautiful views of Cherokee Lake. Be careful of slippery rocks. Recommend this trail which is a combination of multiple trails.

It’s a steep hike up and down but well worth it! Very easy hike but definitely gets your heart pumping on the way up. A great swimming hole at the bottom, highly recommend this for all ages!!

I turned this into a 7.2 mile hike because of a wrong turn. wonderful hike with a beautiful view from the overlook. The Ridge Crest Trail was an ankle killer. Glad I did not have to come back up it!

hiking
bugs
16 days ago

Take Kelley toward the park entrance then turn on the gravel road to the left for the boat ramp. This is where the trailhead is - Google maps will take you to a neighborhood (where you are currently able to cut through the small line of trees to get to the correct area). The trail is a mowed path that goes along the river, going into a field for parts of it. The hike was easy. Took my dog. I saw no other visitors while I was there. The path is only marked at places where it comes out or intersects with other paths, but is still fairly easy to follow. Make sure to wear bug spray and check for ticks.

Absolutely beautiful waterfalls. Easy hike, great place to grab a rock with a view and eat lunch.

hiking
19 days ago

Great trail. Perfect for all ages. The waterfall is beautiful!

hiking
20 days ago

Amazing trail! Very easy and the waterfall was beautiful at the end.

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful place!

We saw so many deer and the paths were quite easy to follow. The view over the water is lovely. Can’t wait to go back to camp and explore again. There is quite the incline that was surprisingly steep but it had great footing.

Not much to see until you get to the river. That area is really nice, and I would highly recommend continuing on to the right and then looping back up to Laureldale Cemetery. Going on past the Swimming Hole are some really nice rock formations, laurel and fern, and beautiful views along the river. The trail at that point becomes somewhat “difficult,” but well-worth the effort. Going on up toward the Cemetery is also pretty, but the trail is not maintained well, so there are places where “tick-checks” become essential!

always a great hike

Pretty easy hike. Beautiful waterfall!

hiking
rocky
washed out
26 days ago

Good hike for the summer. Very level grade until the last 1/10th of a mile or so to the falls which is pretty steep but pretty water at the end.

Great place!

Beautiful! A short, and fairly easy hike with a few rugged spots. Before even starting out you will hear and see glimpses of the falls through the canopy from the parking lot. To add a bit more after seeing the falls, take the upstream trail to one of two swimming holes. Also a short easy hike. So much fun!

hiking
28 days ago

Parking got a little confusing (we parked at the lake parking, not the trailhead... but it was close enough and you can easily get to the trailhead from the lake parking ). There is a day use fee that I was unprepared for, be aware of that. The trail itself is nice and wide and is quite easy (for a hiking trail). Just be mindful that it is an unpaved trail, so there are stones, roots, washed out spots, etc. Once you get to the falls, the difficulty increases a little as there are quite a few stone stairs you have to take to get down to the base, but it is so worth it. We've not had rain in a while and the temperatures have been high, so we feared the falls would be a trickle. Nope. They were still beautiful! And it was nice and cool down at the base. We didn't want to leave. Final piece of advice- if coming from the Cleveland area, stay on 64 until you get to Oswald Rd. Google Maps took us up Benton Springs Rd which was a gravel road the entire way up the mountain.

very nice and pretty

Shelby farms is hard to beat!

mountain biking
blowdown
bridge out
muddy
1 month ago

Great trail. There’s a few hazards so just be attentive. Back blue was rough (lost the trail a couple of times) and a bridge was out so there’s a water crossing. Water was low so it wasn’t bad.

The trail has a variety of areas and we saw a lot of wildlife, but it kinda appears that the area is “under renovation” and that kinda took away from the experience.

1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful falls!! Seen some people trout fishing!! Short, easy hike!

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