Continental Collision & Waterfalls
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Hike Distance: 3 to 4 miles
Trip Duration: 8-9 hours
Elevation Gain: >300ft.
On this full-day canyon adventure we enjoy a scenic 1.5 hour drive as we journey southeast of Nashville and onto the Cumberland Plateau - the largest state protected wilderness in Tennessee. This is a geologically rich, biodiverse region of middle Tennessee featuring numerous state parks and natural areas packed with awe inspiring waterfalls, mysterious caves, and breathtaking vistas.
We will hike alongside the beautiful Fiery Gizzard creek, see some small waterfalls, an abandoned coal mine, and a Continental Trail Wreck! That's right! We get to see up close and in-person the result of when two continental plates collided some 270 million years ago. How cool is that!?
Relaxing sounds of flowing rapids and birds fill the air as we enjoy our day hiking in one of the best nature preserves in Tennessee. Along with all the inspiring water works, you will enjoy the stunning rock formations.
Worth noting: this trail is rated as one of Backpacker Magazine's Top 25 hikes in the U.S.!!
You may wish to come prepared to take a dip in one of the waterfall pools during warmer months. It's a great way to relax and cool down.
This hike is approximately 3 to 4 miles long with over 300ft of elevation gain. We will traverse a lot of slippery rocks, roots, and some stair steps. Please note that many of the rocks are subject to shift / move when stepped on.
NOTE: Discount pricing is based on double occupancy or larger groups.
Roundtrip ground transportation originating in Nashville, TN
Lite snacks, bottled water, and lunch
Certified Wilderness First Aid Medic
Park fees and transportation within the parks
Emergency rain ponchos
Loaner trekking poles and backpacks
What to Bring
Any personal snacks and/or non-alcoholic beverages
Sturdy, closed toe shoes (Required)
Not wheelchair accessible
This trail features sections that can be rocky, steep and/or slippery. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required.
Tennessee weather tends to be unpredictable this tour operates rain or shine (excluding severe weather) so please be prepared accordingly.
Travelers should have at least a moderate physical fitness level.
Not recommended for travelers with back problems
Not recommended for pregnant travelers
Not recommended for travelers with heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Must be in good physical condition, able to climb over downed trees, walk on uneven surfaces and climb in elevation.