Hike to Sycamore Falls

Tennessee Grundy Forest Trailhead

Added by Jon King

Hike to 3 beautiful Tennessee waterfalls on this easy loop hike.

Sycamore Falls is located in the Fiery Gizzard region of South Cumberland State Park. The trailhead is located just past Tracy City Elementary School on Fiery Gizzard Road. There is a large parking lot with restrooms at the trailhead.

Start your hike at the south end of the parking lot. This area of trail is known as the Grundy Day Loop trail. You'll quickly descend until the trail meets Little Fiery Gizzard Creek. Follow along the creek until you reach Blue Hole Falls. Blue Hole is a smaller waterfall but pours into a beautiful blue pool below.

At approximately 0.7 miles you'll reach a bridge. To reach Sycamore Falls, cross the bridge and merge on to the Fiery Gizzard Trail. You'll now be following Big Fiery Gizzard Creek. Continue for approximately 0.6 miles until you see the sign for Sycamore Falls. Here you can either follow the spur trail to the top of the falls or scramble down and cross the creek to view the base of the falls. In my opinion, the base of the falls offers the best scenery and is definitely worth getting your feet wet.

After hanging out at Sycamore, retrace your steps 0.6 miles back to the bridge. Turn left at the fork to finish the Grundy Day Loop. You'll quickly come across Hanes Hole Falls. Similar to Blue Hole, Hanes Hole is a small yet beautiful waterfall worth scrambling down to view. After Hanes Hole, follow the trail for another 1.3 miles. You'll cross Fiery Gizzard Road and a small camping area prior to ending back at the trailhead parking lot.

The trail is well marked and maintained. Make sure to bring a sturdy pair of sandals and a walking stick for the creek crossing at Sycamore Falls. In the summer time I imagine the pool below Sycamore is a nice swimming hole.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Sturdy sandals for creek crossing
  • Walking stick for creek crossing
  • Water and trail snacks
  • Camera
  • Tripod
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Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

3.2 Miles

Elev. Gain:

300 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Scenic
Swimming Hole
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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4 months ago

Do it.

Easy hike. Very beautiful.

4 months ago

6 months ago

Great Day Hike

We got on the trail around 10 am and made it to the falls around 12:30. This was a great day hike with scenic views the entire hike.

6 months ago

Added by Jon King

Based in Kansas City. ER nurse. Love to travel and explore. Instagram: @joneking

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