Horsehair Falls, Tennessee

Horsehair Falls is an interesting waterfall that comes “free” with a visit to Foster Falls. Most people would be visiting Foster Falls, which is a very impressive waterfall. As you’re wandering around to get photos of Foster Falls, you’ll find Horsehair Falls, which isn’t as visually stunning, but is a nice addition to the stop.

Horsehair Falls in December 2009

There are three viewpoints that I mention to view Foster Falls (the link above). The third viewpoint, which is on the opposite side of the river from the official viewpoint of Foster Falls, allows for a good view of Horsehair Falls. It is definitely worth the short hike to view the falls. Be careful, though. There are no barriers on this side of the river and the drop is steep.

Foster and Horsehair Falls are at one end of the Fiery Gizzard Trail, which is a longer hiking trail. At the other end of the trail, you can find a number of waterfalls, which are smaller in size. It’s still fun to explore, but I preferred Foster and Horsehair Falls.


  1. Travel along US-41 in between Jasper and Tracy City. Driving north from Jasper, the turn toward Foster Falls Natural Area will be on your left after about 7.5 miles. It is almost equidistant from Tracy City.
  2. The road will lead directly to the parking area for the natural area and the Fiery Gizzard trail head.
  3. From the parking lot, follow the sounds of Foster Falls.
  4. Continue along the trail until you are on the opposite side of the river where you’ll get another view of Foster Falls and will be able to see Horsehair Falls.

Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Height: 60′
Length of Hike: 1 mile round-trip

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