Swim and Fish at Buffalo Creek Falls


Added by Jared Beeler

Wade/swim in cold river water and explore around Buffalo Creek. You can also fish for rainbow and small brown trout here.

Buffalo Creek is located near Rutledge, Tennessee and Cherokee lake. It is a wilderness area with a fish hatchery run by TWRA and a few acres of game land. You can drive straight up to the falls then hike around a little bit through the river to see the rest of the river and fishing areas. The best place to fish is right under the falls. The TWRA stocks trout right under the falls they can vary in size most are edible size. Swimming at the falls can be quite cooling during the summer. The water stays around 65 degrees so it can be very chilling around the spring, fall, and winter. Around the falls is some deep pools of water to swim in. Also near the area is the Buffalo Creek fish hatchery that you can visit and explore around the Buffalo Creek wilderness area. For more information on the trout fishing you can visit the TWRA website

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Handicap Accessible
Swimming Hole



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Great place for family!

I took the family out here for the day. We went swimming at the falls, bring your snorkel and underwater camera because you will get good footage of the trout, fish and different types of rock and crawfish. It was awesome. Theres a trail that follows the river but if you have a sense of adventure as we do, we hiked the river itself. We all had a blast, and if your looking for something to do with the family for the day this is the place. We loved every moment being their with nobody in the world but us out their.

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