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“Two Waterfalls in One Short Hike”
Review of Piney Falls

Piney Falls
Ranked #1,209 of 1,857 things to do in Tennessee
Reviewed 22 April 2016

Piney Falls State Natural Area is a protected area near Grandview, just north of Spring City. (Note that Piney Creek Falls is a different waterfall, located in Fall Creek Falls State Park near Pikeville.) The protected area preserves a stretch of Little Piney Creek with two significant waterfalls. The trail starts at the parking lot and in about a half-mile, there is a split. Right goes to the top of Upper Piney Falls. It's possible to rock-hop the creek and loop around to the base, but the water level was too high when we visited. A slip off an 80-foot waterfall would not end well. So instead, we went left at the intersection and in a short ways came to another split (with a sign). To the left, leads down to the top of Lower Piney Falls. It's a 40-foot waterfall, but there's no good way to see it from the top. My wife and I explored a bit, but couldn't find any way to get down to the base - the surrounding cliffs were just too steep. I think you would need ropes to get down. Back at the second split, we went right and followed the creek upstream to the base of Upper Piney Falls. This 80-foot waterfall is very impressive. You can walk behind the waterfall and meet up with the trail that came down from the base. It was really wet with spray so we didn't bother. I'd like to return and try to get to the base of Lower Piney Falls, but even without doing that, this is a great spot for a short hike (total distance is about 2 miles) to see two nice waterfalls.

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Reviewed 7 October 2015

One of the easier waterfalls at Fall Creek State park in Tennessee to access. The beauty of nature in unspoiled and natural surroundings.

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Reviewed 5 June 2010

You have to be careful climbing down the cable to get to the base of the upper falls but it is a magnificent plunge fall and made the muddy cool winter day a thrilling experience. The lower falls is smaller but has a nice angle for viewing but the ledges alongside of it are very steep with no access to the base below..

You will be sore tomorrow but you will appreciate the effort..

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Reviewed 7 March 2007


The crazy Tennessee Christmas time weather (warm and sunny) sent me outdoors. Growing up I saw the signs, but never stopped. This natural area is located on Hwy 68 between Crossville and Spring City, TN., respectively.

If you are looking for an easy hike (about a mile) to not one but TWO falls I recommend Piney Falls. Please be advised that some of the ledges are slick and giveway. Thank God for those little trees that have deep roots as it was the only grab on to as I was sliding towards the gorge.

There is a path to the bottom of the upper falls. Its amazing! You can walk behind the falls and not get wet. Heck... You could drive a truck behind the falls if you get one down there.


4  Thank jake_brake2007
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