Turtletown Falls Trail

#9 of 172 trails in Cherokee National Forest
Turtletown Falls Trail is a 2.4 mile loop trail located near Farner, TN that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.4 miles 429 feet Loop
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Jeff Keen

17 Completed13 Reviews

Very nice hike along Turtletown Creek. While the falls and the creek are very scenic I would like to come back in winter when the leaves are off the trees to enjoy the vistas overlooking the Hiwassee River. Definitely worth the effort of finding this little diamond in the rough.

Michele Sutherland

1 Completed1 Reviews

Amazing water falls...very peaceful and very few other individuals on the trail.

kirstan howard

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great and easy hike - but like other reviewers said - hard to find, but many locales came to our aid! One bit of information is the house the road is directly across from is 1234 OLD Farner Road (versus Farner Road). We had the trail all to ourselves and it was Saturday - highly recommend!

Ross Janeiro

3 Completed2 Reviews

Great Trail, but Hard to Find!

The two roads that lead to this trail are NOT marked, and if they are, it isn't well. The trail head is at 35.160205, -84.339026, while the turn of for Old Farner Road (County Road 2317) is at 35.126498, -84.354099, and the turn-off for the trail head (NFSR 1166) is at 35.152256, -84.326480.

This is a great trail with a lot of ascents and descents, and great views of two waterfalls. Additionally you hear rushing water almost the entire way which adds to the peacefulness. We saw several other families who had older teenagers, but younger kids might have a tough time. The Nat Geo maps measure the trail at 3.8 miles (our GPS measured 4.0) with a difficulty level of moderate, which I think is more accurate than Alltrails.com assessment.

We will definitely hike this trail again in the future.

Amy Ferrell

7 Completed1 Reviews

This hike was amazing. A bit tricky to locate, but following other reviews, we were able to locate. The hike is fairly easy, just remember to go left at the first split. The trail becomes narrow after the split, but keep going until you see the stairs. You can climb the rocks and feel the falls. Beautiful!!

Lee Riddle

1 Completed1 Reviews

Awesome trail. The waterfalls are gorgeous. The water is very cold but I was able to get in knee deep. The rocks can be very slippery so be careful. Ride all the way to the end of the road (The one across from 1234 Farner Road) to find a gate where the trail begins.

Michael Curry

20 Completed16 Reviews

This is an overall great trail. It has a great warmup walk and gets very technical very quick about 0.6-0.8 miles into the hike. Make sure to take the footpath to the left when you get to a split. Look for the white trail marks on the trees to stay on course. BEWARE of snakes: A copperhead decided to threaten me by lunging from the high right side bank connected to the footpath about 0.25 miles into the it.

Tom Mudrak

54 Completed14 Reviews

Disclaimer: I only hiked to the first waterfall, going left at the fork on the trail. However, that is a nice waterfall, we went in January and there was snow and ice on the rocks and ground, so it made the falls very picturesque.

I plan on going back and doing the entire trail but it is a great place to take someone who doesn't hike much if you want to ease them into hiking :)

Bill Lefler

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great trail, beautiful even before getting to the falls. Lots of wonders all along the way to marvel at. It is a long hike around the loop - near 5 miles - and the upper path is definitely more strenuous. We went out the lower trail and came back the upper and it was a lot of uphill coming back.

Thanks to another reviewer for the direction hint. Put 1234 Farner Road into your gps and the forestry dirt road is directly across from it to the left. Drive in (quite far) and park at the turn-around at the base of the trail.

Bubba Poston

17 Completed3 Reviews

Really nice 4mi hike with 2 beautiful waterfalls. It is pretty hard to find, and there is no cell phone service up there for map use. The trailhead is at the end of an unmarked gravel road directly across the street from 1234 Farner Road. The first part of the trail (1/2 mi) is wide and easy, then the trail splits to start the loop. Choose a path (we went right, which takes you up the ridge and you get the waterfalls on the past part of the trip). The trail is well marked with "i" blazed on many trees along the way. One of my top 5 trails of all time!