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Painter Spring, Tennessee Map
26 days ago

Beautiful views

27 days ago

Loved it! The water level was up which made the creek crossings a challenge but it was great to see so much water coming down.

1 month ago

last :45 was Tough but well worth it

7 months ago

I only completed the first two miles which are very easy if you are skilled at dodging the rattlesnakes. I passed 2 at a down tree approximately 0.2 miles in and snuck up on the 3rd at the 2 mile mark. I elected to turn around after the 3rd coiled and rattled. The trail is overgrown in places and the bugs were terrible due to timing of year. I'm already planning a trip back in the winter or early spring so water will be up and rattlers still hibernating!

8 months ago

So call this a trail is very generous. the trail ends after a couple miles. then you have to follow the creek and remember which side creek to hike up. Then you get stung by stirring up a hornet nest that is pretending to be a log. Then when you finally get there to this giant rock slant that goes up as far as you can see with a few cups of water trickling down.

All that being said. I did enjoy the experience. I would like to go in the rainy season and hope their would be more water. You can find detailed instructions on how to get the the falls online. Bring a friend, you'll both need the encouragement to keep going.
On a side note it is the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi and hardly anyone has been there. So there are also bragging rights ;)

10 months ago

Trail was impassable due to high water. Will try again during a dry spell.

11 months ago

This was a great hike, I'm not a fan with sharing trails with horses personally. The first 1.3 miles is on a trail that horseback riders frequent on. After that it's pure wilderness to yourself. I would suggest this hike from winter to early spring due to foliage. I still had to push through some and it was at the minimal. The trail may slightly disappear during the summer but as long as you keep following up Chigger Branch you are going to find this awesome cascade.

Sunday, January 22, 2017