Piney Creek Falls

Falls Creek Falls State Resort Park, Tennessee, USA

About Piney Creek Falls

Hiking Distance: almost roadside
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Date first visited: 2012-10-25
Date last visited: 2012-10-25

Waterfall Latitude: 35.67309
Waterfall Longitude: -85.38339

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Piney Creek Falls (also known as just Piney Falls) is somewhat of a hidden 95ft waterfall tucked away off the one-way Gorge Scenic Drive Motor Nature Trail.

While most of the waterfalling action occurs in Cane Creek Gorge within proximity of the Betty Dunn Nature Center in Falls Creek Falls State Park, this waterfall tumbles on Piney Creek, which is not within the Cane Creek Gorge.

We were able to take a short trail from the parking area to an overlook of the falls. The overlook was on an outcrop where we were able to glimpse the falls between some trees. It was somewhat of an overgrown viewpoint, but on the day we visited, most of the falls could be seen from here.

There was also a separate trail leading to a suspension bridge over Piney Creek. This trail actually passed a bit closer to Piney Creek Falls than the overlook, but the view was totally blocked. There was also a barricade there discouraging trying to access the base of the falls. We didn’t go beyond the suspension bridge so we can’t say much about where the rest of the trail went. However, I don’t think accessing the bottom of Piney Falls was safely doable from what we could tell.

Falls_Creek_Falls_051_20121025 - Cane Creek Gorge
Falls_Creek_Falls_057_20121025 - Trails for both the waterfall and suspension bridge going their separate ways
Falls_Creek_Falls_059_20121025 - The rocky outcrop for the falls overlook
Falls_Creek_Falls_068_20121025 - Piney Falls
Falls_Creek_Falls_073_20121025 - Julie checking out the falls from the overlook
Falls_Creek_Falls_074_20121025 - The Suspension Bridge trail led past this obstructed view of Piney Falls
Falls_Creek_Falls_075_20121025 - Maybe this fence was erected to prevent people from trying to access the waterfall's base
Falls_Creek_Falls_076_20121025 - The suspension bridge over Piney Creek


See the Falls Creek Falls page for directions on getting to the Falls Creek Falls Overlook. From there, we continued on the one-way counterclockwise loop road for another 2.6 miles to a three-way intersection, passing by a handful of overlooks of Cane Creek Gorge.

Turning right at the intersection, we then drove 0.3 miles to its end where there was a cul-de-sac for parking.

For context, the main town neighboring Falls Creek Falls State Resort Park was Spencer, which was 31 miles (over 30 minutes drive) south of Cookeville, 68 miles (over an hour drive) north of Chattanooga and 21 miles (30 minutes drive) east of McMinnville, where we had overnighted after making our visit to Falls Creek Falls State Resort Park.

Zoomed in on Piney Falls before slowly zooming out to show its context

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