Hike to Rutledge Falls

0.8 Miles Round Trip - 50 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

349 Rutledge Falls Road - Search Nearby - Added by Girls Who Hike

Enjoy waterfall jumping, swimming holes, and refreshing cold water.

Find the trail parking area by following your GPS to “Rutledge Falls Baptist Church”. You will see a small parking area on the side of the road across the street from the church. The path to the falls is extremely short with a steep section to climb down to the base of the falls. This trail is on private property but open to the public.

If you’re brave, you can climb up the right side of the falls and jump into the pool below! There is a perfect swimming hole, especially in the summer when water levels aren’t high. The spring water is so refreshing during our hot Tennessee summers. You can feel the temperature change as you get down to the falls.

GPS Coordinates: 35.42064,-86.13742


Easy Parking
Family Friendly


0.8 Miles
50 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Overall rating: 

Great day trip

Somewhat crowded but plenty of spots down river from the falls to hangout