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Family-Friendly Waterfall Hiking Trails in Nashville, TN

“Don’t go chasing waterfalls”

TLC

Apparently, when TLC wrote that song, they had never been to Tennessee.  Because waterfall hiking trails in Nashville, TN are the best!

Family-Friendly Waterfall Hiking Trails in Nashville, TN by popular Nashville blog, Modern Day Moguls: image of Rutledge Falls in Tullahoma, TN.
Rutledge Falls-Tullahoma, TN

The Best Waterfall Hiking Trails in Nashville, TN

Something to know about my families adventure level is that their little legs tire easily, bugs aren’t our favorite, and we are almost like vampires in our desire to hide from the hot sun. So keep this in mind when taking our recommendations.

Family-Friendly Waterfall Hiking Trails in Nashville, TN by popular Nashville blog, Modern Day Moguls: image of a girl standing next to Rutledge Falls in Tullahoma, TN.

With school starting back we have a break from our regularly scheduled programming of travel. So we decided we needed to get out more and explore Nashville. So in order to make our list, it must include a short drive from Nashville (think day trip), be a short hike that is family-friendly, and must have a waterfall. Not asking too much right?

Family-Friendly Waterfall Hiking Trails in Nashville, TN by popular Nashville blog, Modern Day Moguls: image of a man standing in the water at the base of Rutledge Falls in Tullahoma, TN.

Things to Bring to a Waterfall Hike

Family-Friendly Waterfall Hiking Trails in Nashville, TN by popular Nashville blog, Modern Day Moguls: image of a two girl and a dog eating lunch at Rutledge Falls in Tullahoma, TN.
  • Bathing Suit and change of clothes
  • Towel
  • River Shoes
  • Bug Spray
  • Lunch
  • Backpack for use of hands
  • Trash bags to bring all trash back

Our Favorite Waterfall Hikes in Nashville, TN

Rutledge Falls-Tullahoma, TN

Family-Friendly Waterfall Hiking Trails in Nashville, TN by popular Nashville blog, Modern Day Moguls: image of a mom and her two daughters standing in front of Rutledge Falls in Tullahoma, TN.
  • Distance from Nashville: 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Distance of Hike: 0.25 to waterfall and back
  • Height of waterfall : 40 ft
  • Dog friendly: yes

This is actually on private property and they have been kind enough to share it with the world. There is street parking right before the entrance. It’s very covered with plenty of places to spread out and enjoy. Pack a lunch and enjoy on a flat rock looking at the waterfall.

Machine Falls is a ten-minute drive from Rutledge Falls so if you are in the area and looking for a longer trail, check it out. It’s around 4 miles which is why I am not including it but wanted to make you aware incase you and your family are real outdoorsmen.

Ozone Falls- Crossville, TN

  • Distance from Nashville: 1 hour and 50 mins
  • Distance of Hike: 0.25
  • Height of waterfall: 110 ft
  • Dog friendly: yes (but not recommended)

Part of “The Jungle Book” was actually shot here because it’s so beautiful. So while a bit further from Nashville, its def worth the drive. The hike to the top of the falls is easier, but from the bottom, you will see why it was chosen for the movie.

Cummins Falls- Cookeville, TN

  • Distance from Nashville: 1 hour and 20 mins
  • Distance of Hike: 1.1 miles in and out
  • Height of waterfall: 75 ft
  • Dog friendly: yes

Fall Creek Falls-Spencer, TN

  • Distance from Nashville: 2 hours
  • Distance of Hike: 0.8 miles in and out
  • Height of waterfall: 256 ft
  • Dog friendly: yes

Burgess Falls – Sparta, TN

  • Distance from Nashville: 1 hour and 30 mins
  • Distance of Hike: 1.5mile loop
  • Height of waterfall: 135 ft
  • Dog friendly: yes
Family-Friendly Waterfall Hiking Trails in Nashville, TN by popular Nashville blog, Modern Day Moguls: image of a group of people swimming at Rutledge Falls in Tullahoma, TN.
Family-Friendly Waterfall Hiking Trails in Nashville, TN by popular Nashville blog, Modern Day Moguls: image of a man and woman taking a selfie next to Rutledge Falls in Tullahoma, TN.
Family-Friendly Waterfall Hiking Trails in Nashville, TN by popular Nashville blog, Modern Day Moguls: image of a man standing on a rock next to Rutledge Falls in Tullahoma, TN.

Do you have any waterfall hikes in your area that you love?  Share in a comment below!

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