Spring Break Hiking Recommendations

March 11, 2013 in Hiking Trails, Tips & Recommendations by amylaree

Base of Cummins Falls

Base of Cummins Falls

Spring Break is almost here! I can’t believe we’re already almost done with winter. Of course this winter turned into a wee-bit of a blur as we welcomed our new little hiker into the family in early January (we’ll post more about him later, but if you want a sneak peek you can check him out here).

But back to the topic at hand: Spring Break! Do you know where you’ll be hiking during these weeks of late March and early April? If not, let us recommend some great spots for hiking in Tennessee…

Go Chasing Waterfalls: By my count we’ve hit up at least 20 waterfalls in the Tennessee and Georgia area. Check out all of the waterfall trails that we’ve written about or take these Spring Break hiking recommendations to some of our favorite waterfall destinations:

  • Big is Beautiful.  Cummins Falls and Fall Creek Falls will both be very popular this spring, and with good reason. Fall Creek Falls is the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi and Cummins Falls is the 8th largest waterfall in Tennessee by volume, so if it’s been raining lately, you’ll be in for a roaring treat at either of these spots. But keep in mind – there will be pretty good crowds at both of these spots. 
  • Want to avoid the crowds? Then we recommend hitting up Stinging Fork FallsShort Springs Falls or Laurel Falls at Laurel Snow Pocket Wilderness. Each of these trails are off the beaten path and offer incredibly rewarding views for anyone willing to make the venture.
  • Ready for a challenge? If you’re ready to shake off the winter hibernation with an invigorating hike, then head out to Virgin Falls.  This 8 mile trek is as challenging as it is beautiful.  Be sure to bring good shoes, plenty of water and your camera — you’re gonna want all of them!
Big Laurel Falls from the inside out

Big Laurel Falls – From the inside out on the way to Virgin Falls