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Piney Falls State Natural Area

Piney Falls State Natural Area

The Best Waterfalls

Piney Falls State Natural Area is a 440-acre natural area insulating the 80 ft. Piney Falls and a pristine forestland featuring creeks, deep gorges, waterfalls and old growth forest. This National Natural Landmark is an easily accessible waterfall requiring a short hike.

Piney Falls is especially significant because of its old growth forest. The tallest and most magnificent trees are the white pines that are found in the mixed mesophytic forest that occur on lower slopes in the gorge below Lower Piney Falls. These trees are nearly 40 inches in diameter and exceed 100 feet in height.

The mixed mesophytic forest below the Upper Falls is not nearly as spectacular, as it lacks the giant white pines found in the gorge below Lower Piney Falls. However, large tulip popular, hemlock, buckeye, and basswood do grow below Upper Piney Falls. The upland rim above the falls is comprised of a typical plateau oak-pine forest. Spring visitors to the area will see an abundance of wildflowers that include several state listed species.

Things to do at Piney Falls State Natural Area

The hike to and from Piney Falls is 3 miles. Slick rocks and slightly steep climbs demand a moderate sure footedness and endurance. SNA Map

The Upper Piney Falls is impressive in wet weather and its basin is a popular swimming destination for hikers and locals.

No Camping Allowed :(

Photo taken my Matt Daugherty 

For More Information

210 Firetower Rd
Grandview, Tennessee 37337

Phone: (615) 532-0431
Website: http://www.tennessee.gov/environment/na/natareas/piney/

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