This short hike on Signal Mountain, Tennessee ends at the top of the water fall with gorgeous bluff views of the Tennessee Valley.
It is located on Signal Mountain, a suburb of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Hike at a glance.
- Distance: .39 miles
- Difficulty: Easy
- Elevation gain: 101ft
- Highlights: cascading water, bluff views.
Falling Water Falls trail map.
Directions and parking.
The Falling Water Falls State Natural Area trailhead address is 995 Falling Water Trail, Walden, Tennessee. It isn’t difficult to locate it from the Chattanooga area but I do recommend the guidance of an app, like Google, to determine the simplest route.
Something that isn’t simple is the parking at the trailhead! There’s only room for about 4 spaces, or maybe even 5 if everyone is considerate and driving small cars! Plan your trip for an off-time, if possible, and observe the “No Parking” signs on your visit.
Starting the hike.
The kiosk displays notices regarding parking, the park hours and, of course, miscellaneous graffiti.
The falls aren’t that far from the trailhead parking area, only approximately ¼ mile. The trail winds through the forest as it leads toward the creek and the falls.
As the trail starts to descend towards the creek, you will see a few side-trails heading off through the mountain laurel, rhododendron and rocks!
Stop and enjoy the creek!
Don’t be afraid to take a different route along the way since they all appear to lead to the same place…Little Falling Water Creek!
As you approach the creek, it is easy to immediately be taken in by the view where the creek becomes the falls. But spend some time walking/climbing the rocks along the creek. You can capture some great pictures and views by hopping the large rocks to a location in the middle of the creek.
The view from Falling Water Falls.
The view from the creek where the water falls from the bluff is dramatically beautiful!
The bluffs in the distance look unreal, almost like a painting on glass!
Little Falling Water Creek has a 110 foot drop into Falling Water Gorge below.
Be very careful as you follow any of the edge trails back up the bluff from the falls.
The scenery is wonderful but it demands extreme caution as you explore along the edge.
We give Falling Water Falls two thumbs-up…or “two pairs of boots”-up! It’s a short trail with the great reward of very beautiful scenery!
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