Find Off-the-Beaten Path Waterfalls in Tennessee

Hikers can lace up their tennis shoes and boots to find solace away from the crowds among these cascading waterfalls off-the-beaten path.

Travel to the Short Springs State Natural Area in Tullahoma. The 1.6-mile trail is a loop to Machine Falls and back. For a longer hike, cross the bridge to get to the waterfall’s other side. Watch your step as the path can be slippery.

Conasauga Falls in Tellico Plains is beautiful in any season. The 1.2-mile trip is a hike down to the falls. Just be careful as the journey is uphill. The trail is accessible April through October. Pack a lunch and enjoy a Saturday afternoon in peace.

Near Smithville, Tennessee, Carmac Falls is the perfect way to spend a romantic afternoon or family outing. It’s situated on the property of Evins Mill Resort, so call ahead to reserve the day picnic/hike package. As you drive along the 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway, stop off to stretch your legs and enjoy the beautifully sculpted Jackson Falls, cascading from the Duck River. A steep trail about 900-ft. long leads you to the base.

The Falls of Jericho in Belvidere hug the Tennessee-Alabama line and allegedly, were one of David Crockett’s hunting locations. Explore the 8,900-acre property along hiking and horse trails. The hike is approx. 3.5 miles one way and is downhill. Adventurers are encouraged to bring plenty of water and snacks for a day out in this beautiful Tennessee property.

Middle Creek Falls, near the base of Signal Mountain, flow from a steep embankment into the Tennessee River. Among the pools of cool water, rocks, and stray logs are beautiful waterfalls. Trails aren’t designated, so it makes for a thrilling adventure.

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