Trail

Foster Falls Trail

Sequatchie, TN
Length: Varies
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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Foster Falls is a 60 foot free falling waterfall, located in South Cumberland State Park in Sequatchie, TN.

From the parking lot, there is a universally accessible trail to a viewing platform of the top of the falls. If the water is low or during summer the water may be hard to see, but after a lot of rain and when the trees are bare, this affords not only a beautiful view of the falls, but of the mountains into the distance as well.

To continue to the base on the falls, go to the left of the viewing platform until you reach a white blazed trail that turns to the right, and take a steep set of steps into the forest. The steps will end at a large rock overhang that is fun for kids to stop and play at, and then continues down rough stone steps to a suspension bridge, around 1/4 mile from the parking lot. This section is tricky, especially for toddlers; it is doable if they are confident walkers but will require close supervision and hand-holding, so having a carrier as a backup is advised.

Turn right past the suspension bridge to the pool at the base of the falls. If it is warm enough this is a great place for water play!

From the falls, you have the option of going back up the way you came, or going past the suspension bridge and following the white blazes to make a 1.5 mile loop.

To make the loop, the trail winds for around half a mile along the base of large bluffs that are very popular with climbers, before making a sharp right turn past a small rock scramble, up a set of stone steps. From here, the trail forks; to the left follows the Fiery Gizzard Trail (NOT a trail for the littles!), to the right runs along the escarpment of the bluffs you just walked beneath. The trail passes to the right of the Father Adamz campground before turning to the right again, crossing a metal bridge over the creek above the falls, and takes you back to the viewing platform, with several viewpoints of the falls along the way.

During the summer there are very large orb weaver spiders along the loop trail that may be frightening to kids, but also may be great educational opportunities. The loop trail also passes very close to the top of the bluffs in places.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 100 ft.
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Mud Puddles, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, and Waterfall

There is a small picnic area along with a bathroom with running water located at the parking area, however the best snacking area is definitely at the base of the falls!

While the path to the base of the falls is not stroller or wheelchair accessible, the path to the falls overlook is.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Parking for the trailhead is all the way at the back of the Sequatchie entrance to South Cumberland State Park, off US-41. The trailhead is well-marked.

Trail Contributor

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I am the Branch Ambassador for Hike It Baby Chattanooga. A native of Richmond, VA, I spent most of my adolescence and early adulthood hiking and camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and once my children were born started taking them on adventures with me! I am a portrait photographer and freelance writer, trying to hike my way through all the trails southeastern Tennessee has to offer.

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Getting There

From I-24, take exit 155 towards Jasper to TN-28N. From here, turn onto US-41N. After 7.5 miles, Foster Falls Rd will be on your left.