Greeter Falls Loop Trail

South Cumberland Recreation Area, Tennessee

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Greeter Falls Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Grundy County, Tennessee. It is within South Cumberland Recreation Area. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 1,834 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 919 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
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Greeter Falls Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Grundy County, Tennessee. It is within South Cumberland Recreation Area. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 1,834 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 919 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. This trail connects with the following: Blue Hole Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: South Cumberland Recreation Area
Distance: 1.6
Elevation Gain: 919 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 1,834 feet
Top Elevation: 1,834 feet
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Parks: South Cumberland Recreation Area
Elevation Min/Max: 1637/1834 ft
Elevation Start/End: 1834/1834 ft

Greeter Falls Loop Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This hike is more than a walk to one waterfall. You will visit four cataracts, the homesite of the Greeter family, and an old-fashioned swimming hole, all on a 2-mile circuit! First, drop to the Blue Hole, a rock-rimmed pool on Firescald Creek.

Backtrack to the main loop, stopping by the Greeter homesite. Begin your waterfall tour, first reaching Upper Boardtree Falls, then Lower Boardtree Falls. Next comes Greeter Falls, a wide cascade, then Lower Greeter Falls, a personal favorite of mine."

"This trail combination features Upper and Lower Greeter Falls and Boardtree Falls and a walk to one of the best views in the natural area. Greeter Falls was named for the Greeter Family, who sold the land to the state to add to the state natural area. The amphitheater of Greeter Falls is unusual, with a thick sandstone layer on top of a more crumbly limestone layer.

Most waterfalls on the plateau spill over hard sandstone that caps layers of softer sandstone or shale. A side trail leads to Blue Hole, a great swimming hole on a hot day. Camping is available at the Alum Gap Camp Area, at the intersection with Big Creek Gulf and Big Creek Rim Trails."

"This hike loops past four waterfalls in a mile. You can also stop by and see the homesite of the settlers for whom a falls is named. Upper Greeter Falls, coming in at 18 feet, is your first cataract. Next up is 50-foot Lower Greeter Falls, widely considered one of the state’s most scenic cascades. After that, you pass hard-to-see 50-foot Lower Boardtree Falls. Visit 30-foot Upper Boardtree Falls in the middle of its exciting pitch."

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9/28/2010
Really cool trail with a unique spiral staircase to the falls area. Also the blue hole would make a great swimming hole in the summer.You can connect to 3 trails at the end and do various loops.
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4/21/2010
This was a fun hike and the falls are beautiful. Make sure that you check out Boardtree Falls and the suspension bridge just above it too.
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9/28/2008
We hiked this trail from the Alum Gap camp to get some water. It was a little over 2 miles round trip to pickup water if I remember correctly. The falls were almost dry in Sept 2008 but the water was very cold and it felt great on our feet.
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8/5/2006
We took both the loop and the trail to Alum Gap. Greeter Trail along the top of Big Creek Gulf is gorgeous. We took the loop trail clockwise, which was a mistake -- go to Greeter Falls first. The board at the bottom of Greeter Falls stairway was somewhat 'scary'.
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