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Stinging Fork Falls

Located along Little Soak Creek on the Cumberland Plateau in Rhea County, near Spring City, Tennessee, Stinging Fork Falls provide hikers with a picturesque 35-foot waterfall.

Recently, private property adjacent to the trail has been cleared. As such, the trail begins along the edge of an open field. Soon, though, hikers enter the forest en route to a deep gorge, the trail of which is rated as moderately difficult. Proper footwear is recommended.

It had rained prior to my visit, so I proceeded with a heightened sense of caution. In the gorge, steep hillsides were covered with loose rocks, damp with moss and water-saturated fallen leaves, presenting an appreciably slippery surface. Also, rain-soaked, makeshift wooden-steps posed a hazard.

As I continued, I soon heard the sound of running water audible through the forest. After several downhill switchbacks, the trail brought me near the top of the waterfall, where several beautiful cascades were visible.

Turn left at the base of the gorge to proceed to Stinging Fork Falls.

Stinging Fork Falls

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21 responses to “Stinging Fork Falls”

  1. Chef V. Avatar

    Great post! 🎃🎃🎃

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks – glad you like it!

  2. hcmorris77 Avatar

    I wonder how it got the name “stinging fork”?

    1. Phil Avatar

      That’s a good question, I’m not sure.

  3. Carla Avatar

    Wonderful post and a great picture 👌👌👌🌹🤗❤️

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thank you, my dear friend Carla ~ glad you like it and I wish you a wonderful weekend 👌👌👌🌹🤗❤️

      1. Carla Avatar

        Wishing you a lovely weekend to my dear friend Phil ♥️♥️♥️♥️🌹🤗

        1. Phil Avatar

          Thanks, Carla 😊

          1. Carla Avatar

            You are most welcome my dear friend Phil 😊🌹♥️

  4. kagould17 Avatar

    A beautiful fall walk. Too bad about the cleared land. It is a bit of an eyesore. Stay well Phil. Allan

    1. Phil Avatar

      Indeed. I’d been there before, but did a double-take when I arrived this time. Thanks, Allan.

  5. janowrite Avatar

    What a gorgeous setting, beautifully captured. Lookin’ for my hiking boots!!

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks, Jan ~ glad you like it 😊 It really was a beautiful place to visit, and my timing was good. Many of the local waterfalls dry up by late summer into early autumn, so I try to keep attentive ✅ to rainfall around the area.

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks, Jason – glad you like it!

      1. Jason Youngman Avatar

        Envy, but the good kind.

  6. tiffanymendonca Avatar

    Your pictures are always beautiful! I love the way you captured the flowing water in these, looks amazing!

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thank you for your kind words, Tiffany ~ glad you like it 🙂

  7. BallesWorld Avatar

    Wow 😍 Fantastic photos 👍👍👍

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thank you, my friend Balle 🙂

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