Strip Mine Falls

Caryville, Tennessee

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Despite the less-than-alluring name, you will be surprised at this cataract nestled in the forbidding gorge of North Chickamauga Creek. First, the Cumberland Trail leads you astride deep pools, wild rapids and rugged boulder gardens along North Chickamauga Creek. Step over Hogskin Branch with its numerous cascades before saddling along a cliffline. Rise to reach an old coal-mining area, now wooded, and Strip Mine Falls. It spills about 20 feet over the gorge rim, then bounds through rocks in a continuous rapids for 130 more feet before slowing.
Hiking Waterfalls in Tennessee

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Hiking Waterfalls in Tennessee

by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

Despite the less-than-alluring name, you will be surprised at this cataract nestled in the forbidding gorge of North Chickamauga Creek. First, the Cumberland Trail leads you astride deep pools, wild rapids and rugged boulder gardens along North Chickamauga Creek.

Step over Hogskin Branch with its numerous cascades before saddling along a cliffline. Rise to reach an old coal-mining area, now wooded, and Strip Mine Falls. It spills about 20 feet over the gorge rim, then bounds through rocks in a continuous rapids for 130 more feet before slowing.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Caryville
Distance: 2.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-3 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park, 220 Park Rd., Caryville, TN 37714, (423) 566-2229, www.tnstateparks.com
Local Maps: Cumberland Trail—North Chickamauga; USGS Daisy, Soddy, Fairmount
Driving Directions: Directions to Strip Mine Falls

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