After reviewing my options and seeing no clear pathway to the base of Lower Piney Falls, I turned and decided to follow Little Piney Creek, with a low water line, back towards Upper Piney Falls. It was a good decision (though I later fell on my keister) and I was pleased to observe many beautiful sights in this remote gorge environment. This photograph highlights an area which was especially appealing, with unique geological outcroppings, shallow water, reflections, and sunshine streaming from around the bend.
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Lower Piney Falls stands 40′ tall, and, from the top, has a nice view of a high-walled gorge. There isn’t, unfortunately, access to the base of the falls. Located on the Cumberland Plateau near Grandview, Tennessee, it’s one of two waterfalls that visitors can enjoy – see Upper Piney Falls. Trails are well kept and relatively easy, great for families and/or dogs. Generally, a quiet spot.
I selected these two sites because, first, they are only 10 miles apart, and second, I’d hiked each one of these parks last summer when the water was low. This time around, following a massive weather system the day before, water was in abundance! Here are links to my previous visits:
Of course, the trails were muddy and slippery, with damp leaves and wet rocks. Also, due to high waters, it wasn’t possible to safely cross the river on top of the 80′ Upper Piney Falls – where the mountain trail continues along a rim and leads to an area for descent into the gorge. However, following the trail loop in the other direction, passed Lower Piney Falls, access to the base of the falls is available. It’s also possible to walk behind the falls, though due to a high-volume of mist and windy conditions while visiting, I was nearly soaked! Haha.
Here are a few photographs I shot while hiking. In the days ahead, I’ll add more pictures, including images of both Lower Piney Falls & Stinging Fork Falls…
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