Piney Creek Falls

Piney Creek Falls

Piney Creek Falls is located within Fall Creek Falls State Park. It is one of the six large Fall Creek waterfalls within the park.  As a group these are some of the most impressive waterfalls in the Eastern United States and among the most impressive collections of falls anywhere in the world. Piney Creek Falls has a 95’ drop, and while it’s not the most visited waterfall in the park because it is the most remote, it is well worth the trip to see this 2-tiered natural wonder.

The creek cascades over the edge of a rock face, then fans out as it crashes into rocks halfway down. Piney Creek is responsible for cutting the deep, steep walled gorge though which it flows.

Fall Creek Falls waterfalls

The waterfalls are located on Piney Creek about a mile above where it combines with Cane Creek. It is the most remote of the Fall Creek waterfalls, and unfortunately, there are no unobstructed views from the canyon rim. Seeing it from the base is by far the better view, but it will take some effort due to the steep canyon walls. The difficulty of the hike makes it the least visited of the waterfalls, reserving this hidden gem for the adventurers.

Seeing the Falls

Seeing the Falls from the rim is relatively easy. From the parking area it’s just a short walk down to the overlook, which gives a slightly obstructed view. If starting from Fall Creek Falls, it’s a 2-mile walk on the connecting trail. Getting to the base of the falls is a little more difficult. At Fall Creek Falls there is a trail that goes to the floor of the gorge. From there, it’s about a 5-mile hike down Cane Creek then up Piney Creek to the base of the waterfall. Great care should be taken, however, because rescue crews have been sent to rescue those who underestimated the difficulty of the hike, so be sure that you are experienced enough for this challenge.

Piney Creek Falls (95 Ft. drop)

The Piney Creek Falls Trail

To get to the Falls, hikers must traverse the Piney Creek Falls Trail in Fall Creek Falls State Park, a scenic 2-mile journey that offers a moderate challenge. This path winds through a verdant forest and climbs roughly 200 feet in elevation, presenting some steep and rocky segments as it approaches the waterfall. The trail not only leads to the stunning Falls but also offers various overlooks that provide breathtaking views of the surrounding woodland landscape. Hikers are advised to wear sturdy footwear to navigate the uneven terrain safely.

Piney Creek Falls Trail Technical Chart

  • Trail Name: Piney Creek Falls Trail
  • Location: Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee
  • Trail Type: Loop and out-and-back options
  • Distance: 2 miles round trip
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Elevation Gain: Approximately 200 feet
  • Estimated Time to Complete: 1 to 1.5 hours
  • Trailhead Coordinates: Latitude 35.657, Longitude -85.346
  • Maximum Elevation: 1,900 feet
  • Terrain Type: Forested path with rocky sections near the falls
  • Features and Points of Interest: The Falls, scenic overlooks, lush forest
  • Trail Conditions: Natural terrain with some steep and rocky sections
  • Safety Advisories: Watch for slippery sections near the water
  • Facilities Available: Parking, restrooms at trailhead
  • Nearby Attractions: Fall Creek Falls, Cane Creek Falls

Frequently Asked Questions About Piney Creek Falls

  1. What is the best time to visit the falls?
    • Visit Piney Creek Falls from spring through fall for the most scenic views and comfortable weather.
  2. How difficult is the hike to the waterfalls?
    • The trail is moderate, featuring steep and rocky sections suitable for those with some hiking experience.
  3. Is there a fee to access the falls?
    • No, you can visit Piney Creek Falls without any admission fee.
  4. Are pets allowed on the trail?
    • Yes, you can bring pets, but keep them on a leash at all times.
  5. What should I bring when hiking to the waterfalls?
    • Bring water, snacks, appropriate footwear, a camera, and a map. Remember to carry out all your trash.
  6. Is swimming allowed at the waterfalls?
    • Swimming at the falls is not recommended due to the dangerous steep and rocky terrain.
  7. Can I camp near the waterfalls?
    • While you cannot camp directly at Piney Creek Falls, designated camping areas are available within Fall Creek Falls State Park.

Explore the trails and enjoy the refreshing sight of the Falls in its lush, forested setting for a memorable outdoor adventure.

Piney Creek Falls Paintings

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