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Tovah Hackenberg
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Hiking

great trail but not really any overlooks to. view. all overgrown except one. great trail tho and wasn't overgrown.

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jennchess User
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Walking

hike with mom, Piper, and Nick

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Sadie Pritchard
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HikingBridge out

Great trail however a bridge is out right now and we couldn’t make it the whole way to the damn. Only made it a little past Kohl’s. Love the hills.

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Kathryn Ware
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Hiking

Nice trail for a stroll. A little too crowded given my desire to socially distant but everyone pretty collegial and respectful of personal space. The falls themselves were fabulous! Want to find out how to get my kayak to the bottom of the biggest falls.

Cornelius Hayes
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Hiking

This is a SUPER easy trail for those who want a great view for not much work. I highly recommend!

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Sonja Springer
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Hiking

The trail is amazing and defiantly worth all the mud and steepness of the trails. Once you get off the staircase that’s the hardest part. Very slippery and definitely need to watch your step and if you bring children make them calm down and slowly walk down. Other than that it’s not so bad. Bringing our 6 year old with us this week to go again.

Jenna Jimenez
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Hiking

Muddy. Nothing much to see on the 2mile way there. 100% worth it to get to Lost Cove Cave though! Not for kids!

Jason Brooks
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Hiking

The twin falls are impressive! Just seeing the falls is pretty easy but there is a nice waterfall over a cave up the trail a ways.

Jason Brooks
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Hiking

Awesome waterfalls

Una Park
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Hiking

Great great great trail! We spotted two owls, three fawns, turkeys, squirrels and at least ten different types of mushroom all in an hour of hike! Impressive bio diversity considering how close it is to downtown Nashville

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Kathy Rend
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HikingRocky

In and out trail. Steep going down. Pets may not like the grated path and steps on upper portion. If you do take your pet, consider hike booties, and be prepared to turn around if pet gets scared. Feet may/will get wet. Strenuous is on the way back. No swimming at the hole. Multiple waterfalls on path. Totally worth it.

Alexandra Bowman
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Hiking

My favorite trail so far. Great views. Bring water and a snack!

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Rick Wanders
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Hiking

Heavy shade was welcome on hot day like this. Was there 3:00 Wednesday, several cars in lot,only saw 6 other folks. Nice trail...rocky, rooty and rutted in many places. Several places to overlook lake. Enjoyable hike.

Jake Winn
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HikingOver grown

The trail is narrow in many spots and I turned around about 80% in because of the overgrowth. It’s fine until you get to the spring but after that it gets much worse. If you’re looking for a moderately challenging 3-4 mile hike in Shelby Forest I suggest the Woodland Trail.

Tony Sperry
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Hiking

Great small trail that is well worth the effort. Once you get past the initial shock of the first few steps you soon realize there are plenty of large rocks to plant your feet safely. There is one spot that the cable is to high to grab which is a little sketchy but extremely doable when you take your time. Took no more than 15 minutes to get to the bottom. We went early Monday morning and had the whole falls and swimming hole to ourselves for almost an hour. A must experience.

Lex Garrett
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

The hike is short and straight down until you get to the river below. You will then walk along the water until you get to the base of the waterfall. Bring slip resistant shoes if you can. This waterfall is more of a local swim area during the summer and can be busy. Overall, I love this beautiful area.

Jesse Beachy
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Hiking

Had a blast with the family on this trail! The falls were pretty amazing and the swimming was a ton of fun. It was a tough hike but definitely not impossible, I am pretty out of shape and I made it out alive.

John and Mandy Snelson
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Hiking

Beautiful and tranquil but should be marked as easy.

Ryan H.
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Hiking

I found the trail conditions and the surrounding forest to be quite pleasant. Overall, this was a short but enjoyable hike (even though it’s strange to have a “Bluff Trail” with no view). Park above the tennis courts, then continue across the cleared field to the left (there is a wooden post trail marker). The grass path curves between high grasses, then downhill into the tree line. Continue along a dirt path through the woods for a couple hundred yards. Just past the amphitheater, fork left and continue along the lollipop connector trail that leads to the loop (ignore the closed off areas of the access road). The spur trail that leads to the bluff does not offer a view as the forest is very overgrown in this area (I doubt there has been a view here for several decades). Note: Signs indicate that you can either hike or mountain bike this trail.

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Ryan H.
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Hiking

From the parking lot, cross the road and look for a trail sign just to the left of the RV park entrance. The trail immediately curves downhill through a lovely older forest. Within the first quarter mile, a staging of a century-old moonshine still has been recreated on the original still site. For extra credit, as the loop curves to the right, there is a spur trail to the left that continues downhill for river access below the falls. If you choose to skip the spur trail, the original recorded route curves uphill to the right and exits the forest near the cul de sac of the RV park. Continue along the RV park road to return to the parking lot. This trail is a really nice Boy Scout Eagle Project.

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Ryan H.
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Hiking

This is one of my favorite hikes in Middle Tennessee. I typically prefer longer hikes, but there is so much to do and see in this area that I find myself spending hours here. There are tons a pull-off points for photo ops with Great Falls as your backdrop. When conditions allow, you can play among the boulders or take a dip across from the falls. There are serious rapids in this area and the dam empties into this area, so make sure you understand the risks involved. Further down the trail, there are bluffs for jumping into the river. Notes: Once you finish this hike, the Upstream Trail (that follows the bluffs over to the Blue Hole) is directly across the road from the parking lot. This hike (along with the Blue Hole Trail) is closed until August 24, 2020 as TVA is doing a controlled spill water release. If you visit Twin Falls or cross the stream below, be aware that the rocks are surprisingly slick. I saw a teenager fall and break her iPhone while edging across the falls for a better selfie background. With her palms bloody and her clothes wet and muddy, she cried that her phone screen was broken. I felt so bad for her.

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James Porter
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Thomas Stubbs
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HikingBridge outMuddy

The swimming holes are wonderful.

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Ashley P.
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Hiking

Nice trails, shaded, flat and lake views. We brought our dog early in the morning and hardly seen anyone.

Jessica Madsen
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Hiking

Easy, dog friendly trail close to the campground makes it convenient for an early morning walk. Not much to see

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Jessica McAlpine
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Nature trips

Beautiful trail, one of my favorites.

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Joshua Smeton
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July 7, 2020 - Low to mid 80s I went counter-clockwise. It took me almost 8.5 hours. My experience was quite similar to E.M.'s as described below. The entire trek is a good personal challenge, but if you are looking for an unforgettable scenic experience much of this hike does not quite live up to that description. I will probably go back some time in the future, but instead I will go clockwise completing an out-and-back hike to Horsepound Falls.

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