Turtletown Falls Trail

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Turtletown Falls Trail is a 3 mile loop trail located near Farner, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking & walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Bubba Poston (71)

11 Completed1 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!

Sharon Blackstock (1344)

63 Completed31 Reviews

My daughter and I hiked this trail today, December the 27th, 2013. The road is kind of hard to find, I had to stop and ask for directions. Road 1166 is 2.8 miles up Farner off Highway 68. Farner Road is directly across from the post office. There is a house straight across from road 1166 (the address of the house is 1234 I believe).
The trail is an easy trail - not strenuous at all. It begins on what looks like an old logging road. The trail is marked with white painted blazes. On an ascent, the trail divides. The logging road continues up and straight. The path to the left is more narrow and begins to descend a little. The narrow path is the trail to take to see Turtletown Falls. It becomes narrow, but is an easy walk. It meets back up with the logging road and leads to the lower falls.
This trail is easy enough for anyone to hike. It took one hour each way.

grant ulrich (46)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great trail, great waterfalls. Couple words of advise - the trail is kind of tricky to find (no signs for it). If you are on farner road, the trail will be right before Newman road. Also, beware of yellow jackets by the first waterfall! There is a nest in one of the wood steps and my wife and i both paid the price of not seeing it. Otherwise, great trail.

Kalyn Massey (67)

1 Completed1 Reviews

absolutely beautiful and worth thr effort to find the trail and hike ip!

Mike Harris (595)

32 Completed2 Reviews

The two waterfalls are big and beautiful in the spring there is plenty if water. An excellent trail for waterfall photography. Excellent campsites on the water.

Greg Arp (113)

4 Completed2 Reviews

Wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Hike is listed as difficult but we did not find it to strenuous or technical. The entire family hiked the trail and even the 7 year old did not complain about the condition of the trail.

Tanya Davenport (208)

6 Completed1 Reviews

Nice trail. I do believe it would be the best in the fall when leaves have fallen. there would be scenic views on the way to the fall.

Jessica P (237)

20 Completed1 Reviews

This is my go-to hike, I go with my dog, local friends, and/or visitors several times a month. Although it does lack a grand vista, the waterfalls and creek more than make up for it. I would rate it moderate, not difficult, though there is a section that is a single track with a drop to one side that might hinder the young/elderly. Plenty of uphill followed by recovery sections from start to finish. A few years ago you couldn't even find this hike in books, now it is gaining popularity. Still, I rarely run into other hikers. At one split on the old logger trail, if you head right (east and away from lower falls trail) about 2 miles up there is an old, above ground grave with the last name Stewart. Well maintained trail, perfect day hike for waterfall hunters!!!

Katherine Smith (308)

8 Completed4 Reviews

Beautiful falls on this trail! The total hiking distance of the trail is closer to 4 miles. I would rate it moderate in difficulty.

Steve Alvarez (340)

2 Completed2 Reviews

This is a great trip if you or your family like to play in waterfalls. It is a bit strenuous and is a little difficult to find, but well worth the effort. We ended up going back for a second day to go all the way to the lower falls. There are 2 sets of waterfalls on this trail, the Upper Turtletown falls and Lower Turtletown Falls. Both are a lot of fun! The trail tracks along Turtletown Creek in a generally North direction. You can hear the creek bubbling below you the entire trail to the upper falls. While there are no long range views, the plant and animal life is beautiful to view as you walk. The trail is wide and marked with blaze marks on trees and is easy to follow.