Especially significant for its old growth forest, Piney Falls covers a 440-acre natural area located in Rhea County. This pristine forestland features creeks, deep gorges and waterfalls, and is recognized by the United States Department of Interior as a National Natural Landmark. Hiking trails and parking are provided; access is for foot traffic only. From the parking area, the trail leads along an old dirt road to the top of the Upper Falls and back to the parking area. At the end of this dirt road, a smaller hiking trail to the left leads through the virgin forest to the base of the Upper Falls. The Lower Falls is not accessible for viewing; however, if one listens closely, the rush of water pouring over the cap rock can be heard in the distance. The trail is approximately two miles long. Use extreme caution when hiking above and below the waterfall since the rocks can become wet or icy.
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From Spring City take State Route 68 north toward Crossville, or from Crossville travel south on S.R. 68. As you get to the crest of the Cumberland escarpment, you enter the unincorporated town of Grandview. Look for a sign for Piney Falls State Natural Area and turn onto the Fire Tower Road (also known as Hillary Road). The trailhead is on the right approximately one mile from Highway 68 or one-fourth mile before you get to the fire tower, which is located at the end of the road.
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