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2 days ago

A very short but steep climb down rocks to get to the incredible waterfalls and swimming hole. We had a large group with dogs and kids so they had to stay behind. My 10 year old niece was able to climb the rocks easily. We did jump in but the water was freezing! We had to help each other get out of the water. I would not recommend for dogs or young kids.

My wife and I loved this place, Cane Creek falls was gorgeous!!

hiking
3 days ago

I want to like this trail but it was badly marked. There is no signage for this trail on the road, you have to AllTrails it in your phone. There were huge construction trucks working on the power line which took up the small parking area. I was little skeptical about parking there and leaving my car but I figured hopefully it would be there and not squished when I got back.
It’s a flat trail at first with a creek crossing in the beginning. Because of the lack of markers I guessed at a fork and of course guessed wrong. I ended up going up a steep rocky hillside trying to see if I could find the trail. It was getting late so I retraced my steps and went back down to the fork and back out. I did get to the mouth of the cave which looked extremely intriguing. I’ll definitely go back and try to find the right trail and then go into the cave.

Beautiful trail! Did it in the middle of the week in February and it was actually very trafficked. The falls was very pretty!

hiking
17 days ago

This is a great day hike spot. The top does appear to be a challenge but you quickly discover great large footholds that make it rather simple to climb. It is a lot of fun and the view is so worth it!

hiking
28 days ago

Trail can be a little intimidating but the view is totally worth it.

hiking
28 days ago

I have hiked this trail many times and I love it. The trail is mostly comprised of steps that are cut out of the ground and there are hand rails. I don't like the steps and I always walk beside the steps to avoid constantly stepping down which can cause you to roll your ankles. At about the half way mark, there is a cut out in rock that really cold air passes through. It's a great place to stop for a break especially in the hotter months. Unfortunately, a large rock slide blocks the trail before you can get all the way to the bottom. However, I've seen a lot of elderly people climb the pile. It seems like the rock slide gets bigger each year. I suggest that you wear a good pair of boots. If you don't have boots, you need to have some kind of ankle support like high top tennis shoes or wrap your ankles with sports tape. If hiking in the summer, wear light breathable clothing. During the colder months, wear layers in case you need to take off some of the clothing nearer to the bottom. It can get very hot once you are out of the cover of the trees. Carry enough water for each person. You will need the same amount you'd carry if walking two miles in the heat. Consider the extra stress and heat associated with climbing up the trail. I forgot my inhaler on a hike last May. On my way up, I realized I had not planned for it to be 98 degrees and I didn't have the right amount of water. I had an asthma attack on the way up. Thankfully, we ran into another hiker who had one. I say all of this to make sure you know to BE PREPARED.
BUT, once you're at the bottom, you'll find it is worth your time. The water fall is breathtakingly beautiful. I love standing under it. You can take a dip in the pool below the falls. If you are not unaccustomed to hiking or physical activity, take your time. I would recommend this trail. It's always a lot of fun.

I’ve been hiking here since I was a child. Great day hike and plenty of other activities to do in the park.

easy.

Great hike! It is challenging, especially when you hike down to the bottom of the falls because the hike back up is a rough one. I love this state park and it holds so many different waterfalls so I would highly recommend that you try all of the falls out! Also, if you can get a chance to see these falls in the winter, I would highly recommend it!

Great, challenging trail well worth the hike.

Best trail at this great park! This trail provides awesome lookouts of Cane Creek Gorge, Cane Creek Falls, and of course Fall Creek Falls, and it really isn’t that long of a trail. I recommend doing this hike early in the morning and catching a sunrise at one of the overlooks!

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely a difficult trail, but it is completely worth it for the view of Cane Creek Falls at the bottom. This view is far better than the other two overlooks.

hiking
2 months ago

A little short and pretty sure I could do it barefoot.. but it’s beautiful

excellent short hike. beautiful snow and ice formations at all the falls last week.

Had a lot of fun in the park with the family. Looking forward to going back. ; )

3 months ago

My son and I have went to the bottom several times and I have to say it never gets old. He loves swimming and standing under the falls.

True, it isn’t very long...but it is TOUGH. I hike regularly on all types of trails and terrain, and as the review states, this is for experienced hikers. I feel like most of these reviews don’t accurately prepare first timer for the vertical decent and how it’s essentially scaling a rock wall in one area. Not for dogs and I personally would not attempt to bring children on this one. The falls at the bottom are BREATHTAKING though!

Steep trail. Great workout!

A quick hike for two hiking fans who don’t hike often! I was a little nervous about the moderate rating, but it was definitely manageable! We went down to the gorge so there were a lot of downhill steps which was the hardest part for me as someone with bad knees. Beautiful sight to see the bottom of the gorge and the base of the waterfalls this winter with icicles all about!

Don't be fooled, this is an intense steep hike. Be prepared.

Short trail with spectacular views.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail starts in the parking lot that overlooks the main falls of the park. The trail starts off to the left and is basically a large staircase made of stone that brings you to the base of the falls.

This trail is exceptionally busy and you will pass many people while walking to the bottom. Most move at a slow pace due to children or dogs. For those looking to bring children or dogs maybe think twice if you want to actually go near the waterfall. The last tenth of a mile is completely soaked with water and the mist in the air makes the rocks slick and very slippery. It is possible to go all the way to the water's edge of the waterfall but the wind and extreme water splashing make it uncomfortable to stand there for long. Keep in mind if you do choose to get close you will be absolutely drenched within a second.

The trail outside of the final rocky part, which is not really a part of the trail, is very easy and short. The entire hike minus viewing time is maybe 25 minutes.

Beautiful. Make sure you go all the way to the top of dam. Lots of water today although I do not know what normal water level is.

hiking
4 months ago

Watch your ankles. Great workout, gorgeous view. I will have to come back alone and hope for fewer people.

hiking
4 months ago

I enjoyed hiking this trail to the base of the Falls with a friend of mine and his son. My son and I had come here earlier and hiked the Woodland trail from the Nature Center to the Falls Overlook, but had not continued on down, because it was getting dark, and we still needed to make Memphis that evening.

Please note, this is as difficult as advertised, but worth the effort!

This has been my least favorite trail ever. There were lots of spiderweb's, the trail was overgrown with vegetation and as a bonus, we got a bad case of chiggers. The beginning was very beautiful though. I loved the creek.

Cool trail. Plan on doing the Cable Trail, Fall Creek Falls, and the swinging bridge at Piney Creek Falls on the same day. All short but amazing.

Cool trail. Plan on doing the Cable Trail, Fall Creek Falls, and the swinging bridge at Piney Creek Falls on the same day. All short but amazing.

5 months ago

Cool trail. Plan on doing the Cable Trail, Fall Creek Falls, and the swinging bridge at Piney Creek Falls on the same day. All short but amazing.

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