Trip Report: Stinging Fork Falls

Stinging Fork Falls
Stinging Fork Falls

As part of my 40 Before 40, I’m trying to hike every section of the Cumberland Trail. Today’s hike was Stinging Fork Falls down near Spring City, TN. The trail head was easy to find using the directions from the Cumberland Trail site.

I started later than I normally like because I was up late last night goofing around on the Internet. Plus, I’ve been on this hike before and I knew it was pretty short. While it was a short distance, there are some steep sections of the trail that you’ll want to take your time with. The fact that I got a later start than normal, plus the humidity made for a really sweaty hike. There was only a couple minor blow downs across the trail and those were easy to navigate. It’s rained a fair amount the past couple weeks so the falls was pretty decent. All in all, an easy hike with a decent pay off at the end. I would still rate the hike as moderate though because of how steep the one section is.

I’m planning to hike up to LeConte lodge via Alum Cave trail on August 25th so I’m going to be ramping up the miles over the next few weeks.

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