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Chattanooga, Tennessee

Hike to Middle Creek Falls

0.5 Miles Total - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Kelli Lewis

This phenomenal waterfall is nestled at the base of Signal Mountain, a mecca of beautiful hiking trails and overlooks.

Middle Creek Falls, despite its proximity to the Cumberland Trail hikes, has no official designated trail. However, there is a pull-off on Suck Creek Road (informally marked by graffiti and bumper stickers adorning the guard rail) with room on either side of the street to park.  The trail begins on the side of the road leading away from the Tennessee River.  The beginning of the trail is fairly well traveled and easy to follow, as it meanders along Middle Creek.  In the summer, families often take their children and stay in this area to play in the creek.  However, if you keep going, the easy trail gives way to an impression collection of boulders.  At some point, you'll have to do a little boulder-hopping; this is the ONLY reason I rated it as "intermediate" instead of "beginner."  Navigating these massive rocks can be a little sketchy, and probably not for the entry-level hiker or for someone with very small children.  My 70 lb dog and I were both able to access the waterfall with only a few minor issues.  Sneak peeks and the soothing sounds of rushing water finally reveals this beautiful waterfall in all its splendor.  While it isn't the tallest waterfall in the area (it's only around 20-30' tall), I still consider it a must-see for waterfall enthusiasts.

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Hiking
Dog Friendly
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

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Beautiful

Beautiful falls, but a bit difficult to navigate. Not a long hike to get to, but will be challenging for newbies to hiking.

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