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 Climbers Loop Trail, 498 Foster Falls Rd. | This 2.5-mile trail in Sequatchie features the Foster Falls waterfall, scenic views along the Fiery Gizzard Trail, and moderately rocky terrain.
Pettyjohn’s Cave, 3440 Chamberlain Rd. Lafayette, GA | If you’re wanting to get down + dirty, this 6.5-mile underground trail is perfect for adventurous cavers. 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, Buggy Top Cave Trailhead | It’s recommended for beginners to tag along on a ranger-led trip to help get familiarized with this wild cave. Disclaimer — A permit is required to enter this cave.