Located on the Cumberland Plateau adjacent to Grandview, Tennessee, Lower Piney Falls is a scenic waterfall standing 40-feet tall. It’s a relatively short hike on well-maintained trails, and dogs (leashed) are welcomed. Parking is limited. No restrooms.
Midway along the trail is a clearing with two signs. Here, continue straight to visit Lower Piney Falls, as turning right leads to Upper Piney Falls. Hikers will discover that the trail ends at the top of the falls. The leading edge of the waterfall can be seen in the second photograph:
This can be discouraging, as one would hope to see the full height of the falls. But, after several visits and some persistence, I did discover a safe route into the gorge to enjoy this view:
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How to Enter the Gorge
From the top of the falls, walk upstream 100-150 feet and wade across Little Piney Creek where you see some rock ledges on the other side. Climb up the hillside to a safe distance, turning left to parallel the creek. Stay on a level path beyond the waterfall for a fair distance, until you’ve passed the tall cliffs of the gorge. There’s a relatively easy route down and then back along the rock wall, leading you to a rocky hill covered in ferns, at the base of the falls.