Foster Falls is a spectacular 60-foot waterfall plunging into a deep pool in the center of the 178-acre TVA Small Wild Area. Mountain laurel, azaleas, and hemlocks growing above the falls, along the sandstone overlook, and in the gorge below add to the beauty of this area.
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From Chattanooga, take I-24 West, over Nickajack Lake, toward Jasper. Exit onto TN 28, then exit again into the town of Jasper proper. Follow signs for TN 150/US41 toward Tracy City. Follow TN 150 to the top of the plateau, passing Mountain Mart on the left. Proceed for three miles to the Foster Falls entrance on the left. The trail begins at the parking lot and passes under the dining pavilion. At this point, the trail splits and a choice must be made: For a stunning view of Foster Falls, as well as easier access to the farthest climbing areas, then go right along the top of the falls, to cross a metal foot bridge. (This is the Fiery Gizzard Trail, which goes to Grundy Forest State Natural Area). Continue along the trail, following white blazes, past the falls overlook, for about 5 minutes or so, to Climber Access Trail #1. This trail intersects the cliff between the Dihedrals and Jimmywood. Continue further to Climber Trail #2, which intersects the cliff between the Rehab Slab and the Snatch Wall.