1.7 Miles / 2.7 km
Time to Hike:
~51 minutes
Surface Type:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Townsend, Tennessee
35.641478, -83.689928
September 06, 2017
February 19, 2019
293 '

Total Change
580 '

580 '


The Spruce Flats Falls Trail at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an amazing 1.7 mile out-and-back hike in the Tremont section of the park near Townsend TN.

The trail can start in a few different places, but the parking lot is located off of Tremond Rd at the Tremont Institute. Park at the visitor center and take the trail at the sign that says "Lumber Ridge Trail". Follow the trail about 60 feet to a building and stay to the left side of that building - the trailhead to Spruce Flats Falls is right there.

Head up the trail and you'll hit switchbacks early on, but they don't last for very long. After the switchbacks, you'll get a couple of view points of the mountains in the Tremont region of the Great Smoky's. You'll pass two large boulder fields along the trail before the descent to Spruce Flats Falls.

On the descent to the falls is a wooden notch ladder with wooden hand-rails, use this for balance.

You'll reach Spruce Flats Falls after 1 mile and you cannot miss it.

Backpacking is technically allowed on this trail; however, there aren't any places that you can actually camp due to the elevation grade.

Explore 3 trails near Townsend, TN
  1. Parking

    35.641478, -83.689928
  2. Main Trailhead

    35.64104, -83.688608
  3. Follow signs for Falls

    35.641033, -83.688575
    Follow signs for Falls
  4. Follow signs for the Falls Trail

    35.639417, -83.687881
    Follow signs for the Falls Trail
  5. Vista of neighboring mountains

    35.639247, -83.6875
    Vista of neighboring mountains
  6. Vista of neighboring mountains

    35.635556, -83.6846
    Vista of neighboring mountains
  7. Vista of neighboring mountains

    35.635392, -83.682847
    Vista of neighboring mountains
  8. Trees carved into steps. Slippery when wet

    35.634831, -83.682578
    Trees carved into steps. Slippery when wet
  9. Spruce Flats Falls

    35.6344, -83.682244
    Spruce Flats Falls
  10. Spruce Flats Falls

    35.634369, -83.682236
    Spruce Flats Falls
  11. Spruce Flats Falls

    35.634117, -83.682106
    Spruce Flats Falls
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1.7 miles / 2.7 km
Trail added
September 06, 2017
Hiked on
September 02, 2017
Updated on
February 19, 2019
2.0 miles / 3.2 km
September 02, 2017

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