With access to some of the country’s best venues for rock climbing, road and mountain biking, hiking, or just a quiet retreat into nature, Chattanooga is the place to be this summer. In fact, our definition of a perfect summer afternoon in Chattanooga is a quiet, relaxing escape into nature. There’s something simply wonderful about getting out into nature, and enjoying those deep breaths of fresh, clean, air. Add to that the magic of a waterfall, and you have the perfect day in Chattanooga. Luckily, there are plenty of easy trails in the area, many of which reward you with a waterfall. Come take a journey with us this summer, and find the best waterfalls near Chattanooga. Book your room at our luxurious Chattanooga Bed and Breakfast today.
Waterfall Trails Near Chattanooga
It’s no secret that Chattanooga is home to some of the best hiking in the country, but it’s not necessary to work up a sweat to see some of the region’s best scenery–and maybe even a waterfall or two. Many of Chattanooga’s best waterfalls are are easily accessible, and it starts with the popular Ruby Falls right here on Lookout Mountain. You’ll descend into the cavern by elevator, and then take a guided tour to explore unique cave formations and the sparking underground waterfall. Regardless of how far or how easy the trail is, the rewarding views are always worth the effort. Though there are more waterfalls in the area than we can name here, here’s a list of five of the easiest to get to in the Chattanooga area:
Falling Water Falls is a gorgeous, 110-foot tall waterfall in Falling Water Falls State Natural Area. This waterfall tumbles over the Cumberland Plateau, and they are only a short walk from the trailhead in the parking lot—less than 1,000 feet.
Greeter Falls in South Cumberland State Park is one of the best waterfall hikes in the Chattanooga area. The loop trail here actually leads to 3 falls. It’s a short hike, but it does involve some steep stairs, which of course are more than worth the effort.
The trail to Foster Falls is only 1.6 miles in the South Cumberland State Park, and certainly worth every moment. This hike is actually considered one of the top 25 hikes in the entire country, so if you’re going to put any effort into any of these hikes, this is the one.
Glen Falls is a gentle and easy 2.1 mile trail on Lookout Mountain.
DeSoto State Park is a bit of a drive from Chattanooga, but it’s worth the short trip down to the Mentone / Fort Payne area just for DeSoto Falls. It’s easily reached via a short trail from the parking lot.