Foster Falls Foster Falls Recreation Area, TN
miles
LENGTH 0.6 MILES
DIFFICULTY 1.7 Easy
DURATION 30 minutes
ELEVATION GAIN
150
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Foster Falls

Take a short steep hike into the beginning of a gorge to enjoy Foster Falls. Falling 60 feet into a large pool just begging you to take a dip, Foster Falls is quite impressive. Bring the dog and a swim suit.

Although the parking lot is large, it fills up fast on weekends. Most people will be here for the falls but this is a popular rock climbing destination as well. Begin the hike on the paved path next to the info sign. The trail quickly comes to a signed intersection below some power lines. You'll be turning left but straight is an overlook platform. You get a minor view of the falls, at least in summer.

Continue down the trail following the power lines until a sign points to the right, beginning a steep descent to the base of the falls. This section is very rocky. Look for the white blazes to help guide the way. Cross over the suspension bridge and the falls are just to the right.

A large pool surrounded by rocky terrain gives you the options to sit and enjoy the view or take a dip. This is such a popular place to swim there are multiple signs alerting you not to bring pool noodles and the like in the water. Whatever your plans are, the 60 foot Foster Falls is definitely worth this short hike. If you want to add some views on, check out Foster Falls Climber's Loop.

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Elevation Map Length (miles) by Elevation (feet)
Slope Breakdown
Elevation Gain
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Gain
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
0.2 mi
14 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
278 ft
17 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
54 ft
6 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
41 ft
6 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
483 ft
122 ft
For out-and-back hikes, elevation loss is the same as the gain.
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Navigation
0.0 mi
0.0 mi - Trailhead Start at the paved path next to the info sign.
0.1 mi
0.1 mi - Turn Left at Observation Platform Turn left, following the sign to the bottom of the falls. But first, head straight for an observation platform to view the falls.
0.3 mi
0.3 mi - Foster Falls and Suspension Bridge Cross over the suspension bridge and turn right for the falls.
Details
length0.6 miles
difficulty1.7 Easy
duration30 minutes
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeWhite
elevation gain150 ft.
state Tennessee 
park/forestFoster Falls Recreation Area
South Cumberland State Park
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 35.182252, -85.673932 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°10.94, W 85°40.44 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 35°10'56'', N 35°10'56'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
35.182252, -85.673932 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°10.94, W 85°40.44 most GPS units use this one
N 35°10'56'', N 35°10'56'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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The gates are open 6am-10pm.
Parking Capacity
60-70 vehicles between the paved lot and gravel overflow.
Notes
Restrooms are available at the trailhead.
The trail is rocky and has several steep drop offs. Watch children and pets.
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5 (1)
hikethesouth-1 year ago
Perfect Short Hike
Getting down to the base of the falls will be steep and getting back up may be a challenge, this short hike is definitely worth the effort for the impressive falls. A great place to bring the family for a swim in the large pool beneath the falls.
Easy | Hiked Summer 2019
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