During the fall we chased colorful leaves and flowing waterfalls one weekend in South Cumberland State Park in Tennessee. We hiked down to the bottom of Foster Falls. A challenging, slippery and fun hike that resulted in a beautiful area that is just a jewel among the mountains and trees of the Cumberland area.

Not only was the hike challenging on the way down but it was even more so pushing ourselves back to the rim.

Admission is free, trails are abundant & you’re close to Monteagle, TN which has several great restaurants.

Arriving at the hiking area:

The parking lot can be packed because it’s the starting point for a number of trails. There are bathrooms and one sign with a map. Take a photo of the trail map.

A short boardwalk will take you to a deck where you can see the falls from the rim. This is ideal if making the decent to the bottom isn’t for you.

The view is peaceful and offers several angels to be photographed with the falls in the background.

Headed down: 

When you commit to this hike, keep in mind what goes down, must come back up – remind the kids of this before they agree to the hike.

Don’t make this hike without water and good shoes.

The trail is slippery even on a dry day. So be careful.

Look for the swing bridge: 

The bridge is so fun, especially for adventurous kids.  However the steps up and down on either side are slippery and can be problematic.

Enjoy your time at the bottom and prep for the accent.

Cell phone service did work at the time, however it may be spotty.

More info: 

For more tips and reviews about this hike visit Trip Advisor. 

For more great hikes in this area go here for my “Hiking Tennessee State Parks Great Stone Door, Greeter Falls & Laurel Falls with children”


Go here for Google Maps page.

498 Foster Falls Rd, Sequatchie, TN 37374