Explore the most popular hiking trails near Painter Spring with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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1 month ago

This trail follows a rough gravel road for a little over a mile. With a mild incline and several tricky creek crossings but still manageable to cross. Once the road ends you follow the blue markers for Pete's Branch Falls on the left for another half mile to the falls. Definitely worth the trip out there. The falls are amazing!

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty hike which runs by a small creek. However, there are several things you should know before you go.

First, there are many creek crossings. None of them are too bad, but if you go after a rain, it could be tricky.

Second, you share the trail with horses, and in some places, they have really torn up the trail. Lots of muddy patches which stretch across the trail.

Third, the trail becomes less marked the further you go on. There was a turn we needed to make which was completely not obvious. We didn’t notice it until we were well up the wrong path. After that, the trail became much more overgrown and less maintained.

on Petes Branch Falls

hiking
4 months ago

great trail, easy to follow. about 7 creek crossings. I went after a lot of rain and the creek was high, but still passable. the falls we're beautiful.

Will try again soon. Do not listen to the directions that you click on for IOS maps. It has you turn on Clark springs rd and what you need to do is continue down Clark’s creek rd past sill branch falls.

Will try again soon. Do not listen to the directions that you click on for IOS maps. It has you turn on Clark springs rd and what you need to do is continue down Clark’s creek rd past sill branch falls.

Fun trail to a nice waterfall. Go after it rains.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful views

hiking
8 months 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.

hiking
9 months ago

last :45 was Tough but well worth it

Friday, July 21, 2017

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!

on Buckeye Falls

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

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 ;)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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.

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5 months ago

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