The Waterfalls of Greeter Falls Loop
Greeter Falls Loop / Greeter Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located on the Cumberland Plateau that features beautiful waterfalls and a lush hardwood forest. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.
Savage Gulf, a 15,590-acre natural area, is carved into the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau in Grundy and Sequatchie Counties. This natural area is maintained and operated by Tennessee State Parks.
The hike begins at the Greeter Falls trailhead is about an hour northwest of Chattanooga. There’s almost always plenty parking available, even on the most crowded summer days. A map of the park’s nearby trail system lies around 100 yards into the trail.
In just a short hike, this trail visits two stunning waterfalls, the first of which is the charming 15-foot Upper Falls. It’s twice as wide as it is tall. The pool here is between 1-3 feet deep, but swimming is very dangerous due to strong currents – and the presence of the lower falls just downstream.
Further down the trail you come across the impressive 50-foot Lower Falls. At full flow, this is easily one of the most impressive waterfalls in the state. Some careful scrambling can reveal some beautiful angles of the waterfall and Firescald Creek.
Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
The sheer sandstone cliffs and canyons make it one of Tennessee's most rugged and scenic areas. Stone Door, a 10-by-100-foot crack, stretches from the top of the escarpment into the gorge, like a giant door left ajar. It is recommended to wear sturdy shoes and to bring plenty of water.