Written by Gabriella Bellot
Recently, a reader asked us about
hikes to area caves + waterfalls. We caved and made a guide for those wanting misty mornings by the water and serene explorations of cave formations. Let’s take the plunge.
Foster Falls also serves as a perfect spot to bring your swimsuit + jump in | Photo via NOOGAtoday
🥾Waterfalls , Lula Falls at Lula Lake | On 5000 Lula Lake Rd. , there are several hiking trails you can take to reach the 120-ft waterfall — Open Gate Days Lula Lake recommends the 4.2-mile Out + Back route. , Glen Falls Trail | Try this quick, beginner-level hike that features stone steps + of course, a waterfall. Glen Falls Trailhead, TN-58 , Rainbow Falls | Located on Signal Mountain, this moderate hike leads to a waterfall that often showcases rainbows in its mist on sunny afternoons. 304 Ohio Ave. , Foster Falls Climbers Loop Trail | This 2.5-mile trail in Sequatchie features the Foster Falls waterfall, scenic views along the Fiery Gizzard Trail, and moderately rocky terrain. 498 Foster Falls Rd. , Stinging Fork Falls | A little over an hour away, this rocky trail features a 30-ft waterfall amid green moss + a creek. Spring City Area , Benton Falls Trail | This Chilhowee Recreation hike is an easier, 3-mile trek that leads to a 65-ft waterfall 3171 US-64, Benton .
The Big Room Cave at The Caverns, which is 1 of the largest commercial cave rooms in the US | Photo via NOOGAtoday
🥾Caves , Raccoon Mountain Caverns | If you’re looking for something more structured, the 319 W Hills Dr. tour offers a guided walk into the first 1/4 mile of the Raccoon Mountain cave. Crystal Palace , Ruby Falls | While not a formal hike on Lookout Mountain per se, this classic attraction offers a 2-in-1 with both a 145-ft waterfall + cave tours. , Pettyjohn’s Cave | If you’re wanting to get down + dirty, this 6.5-mile underground trail is perfect for adventurous cavers. 3440 Chamberlain Rd. Lafayette, GA Disclaimer — while this cave is open to the public, it is recommended to bring proper equipment and travel with someone more experienced, as the cave has been home to several injuries in the past. , Lost Cove’s Buggytop Cave | It’s recommended for beginners to tag along on a ranger-led trip to help get familiarized with this wild cave. Buggy Top Cave Trailhead Disclaimer — A permit is required to enter this cave.
: Bonus , The Caverns | Last summer, this underground music venue opened a new cave show room with guided tours. 55 Charlie Roberts Rd., Pelham