Tennessee is home to a lot of grand things, from country music to the world's oldest radio program. The vast and enriching forests of this state are also home to a lot of trails that you may not have heard of. One trail is a favorite among most for its rewarding views and easy-going terrain, the Middle Creek Falls Trail.
The trail begins at the Sliding Rock Trailhead which rests right along the Tennesse River. The river can be heard and seen from the trailhead, which offers hikers a gravel parking space with enough room for about a dozen cars. No other amenities are here, so be sure to bring water and clean-up bags for Fido. The trail begins past two cut boulders on each side of the trail, and then follows along the creek.
The trail will mostly showcase the dense forest, with oak, birch, and fir trees growing on each side of the trail, and pockets of open fields and grasslands throughout. The trail is made from crushed stone and compacted soil, with a few rocks and boulders to step over. After about a mile, hikers will begin to see the rapids form in the creek, with the water flowing over large rocks, then cascading down to make small waterfalls. The show hasn't begun yet, because within the next half a mile, you'll come across a large pond with crystal clear water that is pummelled by a 20 to 30-foot tall waterfall.
The water is clean and free to jump and stick your feet in, even for Fido, although be careful of its chilly temperatures. The sight is gorgeous and the sounds are splendid, and guaranteed to relax you and your pup hours afterward. After a couple boulders to hop over, you and your pup are free to start walking back down the trail. This easy going and adventurous trail will give you a highlight of what some of Tennessee has to offer, including the amazing views of a waterfall.