Explore the most popular waterfall 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.

backpacking
13 hours ago

Hike in was easy until you start dropping down to the falls, it had rained day before so it was a little slick in spots, had to watch where you were stepping for sure. The rain had made the falls run really full, it was beautiful! Hike out was super easy!

Go early! We arrived at 8am. Crowds were coming in on the way back.

hiking
15 hours ago

Easy trail. Nice and quiet early in the morning. No issues for our crew of 9 with 5 kids (ages 6 to 14). Personally not a fan of paved hikes, but easy for all levels. Nice waterfall.

hiking
18 hours ago

Great waterfall hike with small children!

Pictures don’t do Jones Falls justice. Neat little gem that takes you away from the trash and crowds that hang out at Elk River Falls. The hike gets tight in certain spots but just follow the directions in the description and you will find it with ease.

The Gorge Overlook Trail, Woodland Trail, and Base of Falls Trails are actually three separate trails, though you can do them together. I don't know why All Trails insists on lumping them together!

Woodland Trail is out-and back, leaving from the Nature Center, which is currently under construction. Signage is spotty, but start by crossing the suspension bridge. Mileage according to the park website: .75 mi each way, for 1.5 mi total.

Gorge Overlook Trail branches off from and rejoins Woodland, with a few spurs. Published as .65 mi, not including the spurs.

Base of Falls Trail can be accessed from the Woodland Trail or the parking area on Scenic Loop Road. It is .4 mi each direction, for .8 mi total.

Nice hike with a pretty waterfall and great spot to swim at the end. We saw a bear on this trail!

A great short hike for everyone. Parking is limited and you can pass the parking lot pretty easily.

This is our first trail hiking experience through this app. As other reviewers have said this is definitely moderate to strenuous, and I wouldn't consider it kid friendly for those who have smaller kids. We took two Great Danes on the trail and they were great. You should pack some extra water for yourself and the dogs. There are some lovely stopping points to rest and view the water, lots of rocks and roots, a lot of uphill climbing(the overlook is totally worth it).

23 hours ago

This is a great trail. I liked it better before it became a park due to all the people that are now on it. But it's a great place with beautiful views. Just remember if you go to the bottom, you will be walking through a creek most of the way, so wear appropriate shoes.

Diverse well marked and worn Plateau trail.

Way too crowded!

hiking
1 day ago

Road going to trailhead is very very rough. The falls are easily accessible and very pretty. Did not go on the south (right) fork since most reviews say it goes nowhere

Very good trail for the family. We have three 7 year olds and they did fantastic. At the waterfalls you can go down to the bottom. They discourage it but if you use common sense it makes the trail that much better! We loved it! On the way out we saw a black bear that made the trail that much better.

This was a great little trail. Flat and easy till the split then becomes moderately tough. Turn right to go to base of the falls. The trail to the left is starting to get overgrown a little bit but has a pretty view from the top. Part of one of stairways was blocked from a fallen tree on the way down.

hiking
1 day ago

Nice trail - easy to follow. Not a lot of people since it’s a moderate trail and out to the falls is all up hill. The top of the trail is really nice with the water fall to see and rocks to sit on to enjoy the scenery. Definitely recommend good shoes and water for the hike. About 3 hours for approx 6 miles.

This trail was perfect for our family (kids 11 and 14). Based on the previous review, we planned to get in the creek. The pool at the waterfall was perfect! Although a bit chilly for some. The cool water of the creek kept the air temperature about 10 degrees cooler than the trail head. The trail to the waterfall is an old road that is gravel with minimal uphill grade and lots of mid-day shade. The crowds were minimal compared to our hike at Laurel Falls the day before. Rated 8 of 10 by the kids (they requested warmer creek water for wading). :)

It is an ok spot. The trail is super short, and the fall itself was kinda cool. Def a better place for people aren’t serious hikers or who have kids. If you want to be wowed, don’t go here.

hiking
1 day ago

A hidden gem! Right off the highway but somehow still secluded and beautiful. You’ll definitely want to take a dip in the summer!

Beautiful waterfall wear water shoes if you get in water there is some broken glass

great hike

Easy hike. Great swimming holes!

hiking
2 days ago

It’s really nice hike overall. I took my 7 year old and she got through all the creek crossings just fine and we hiked all the way to the cliff. Just wear shoes made for hiking and getting wet and you’re good. The only bad part is the hike back to the parking lot because it is steep!

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful views and a good place to get away from things. Very short hike. One of my favorite waterfalls

Good hike with several good overlooks. The loop is the best trail here. Most the others are hard on your legs

Incredible views

hiking
2 days ago

I have done this hike like 8 times. Great falls but nearly always super crowded and people are generally rude and throwing their trash wherever

on Grotto Falls Trail

2 days ago

We got there around 8:30am on a Sat. The trail was not super busy and we even had some time to ourselves at the fall. We enjoyed every part of this hike. It was not too strenuous, interesting things to explore and awesome waterfall to walk behind. When we left, the crowds were coming in.

hiking
2 days ago

Very beautiful trail ! It is easy but not a well paved trail. But the waterfall in the end is amazing

Great trail, but difficult for older and beginners. Enjoyed it!!!

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