We do want to first mention that to access Deer Lick Falls, you need to be a guest at The Retreat as the waterfall is on private lands. However, the retreat is a set of tiny home rentals that is the perfect weekend getaway for those who want luxury and amenities when out in the wilderness. It’s only a short drive from either Nashville or Chattanooga and becomes a tourist destination during the summer months with people escaping the heat and enjoy a breathtaking waterfall.
Details about Deer Lick Falls
Surrounding the retreat are countless hiking trails to explore. There are signs that will lead you up to Deer Lick Falls which is one of the largest waterfalls in the state. Forest surround the cascading waters and because it’s on private lands you’ll most likely get to enjoy the waterfall in solitude. This is one of our favorite falls in Tennessee due to it’s accessibility and privacy. Happy Exploring!
Map and Location of Deer Lick Falls
Hiking To Deer Lick Falls
The hike to the waterfall offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside as well as a chance to explore some unique terrain. It’s perfect for anyone looking to get away from it all and enjoy nature at its finest. The trailhead begins at the base of the falls, which are accessible by vehicle or foot. From here you’ll follow a winding path up through dense forest and eventually reach a clearing where the falls come into full view.
Here you can take in spectacular views of both sides of Lookout Mountain before continuing on your way up towards Deer Lick Gap Trail. As you climb further up along this rugged terrain, keep an eye out for wildlife such as deer and wild turkeys who call this area home. Once you reach Deer Lick Gap Trail, continue following it until you arrive at another beautiful overlook with panoramic views stretching across miles upon miles of wooded hillsides dotted with farms and homes below.
After taking in the scenery here, head back down to find yourself again facing off against steep inclines that will challenge even seasoned hikers! If time allows, make sure to take advantage of any scenic stops along your descent — they’re sure to provide plenty more photo opportunities!
For those looking for something a bit more challenging, there are several other trails that branch off from Deer Lick Falls Trail including Big Fiery Gizzard Trail, Rainbow Lake Loop Trail, and Savage Gulf Trails. These hikes range from 3-10 miles long with varying degrees of difficulty depending on how far you choose to go. All offer stunning views as they ascend through mixed hardwood forests full of wildflowers and wildlife.
Camping around Deer Lick Falls
Monteagle, TN is an excellent spot for a camping getaway. The town sits on the Cumberland Plateau and is surrounded by breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains. Monteagle has several nearby state parks, national forests, and recreational areas that offer campers plenty of options. For those looking to stay close to town, there are two RV parks located in Monteagle:
Mountain View RV Park and Campground and Lookout Mountain Campground & Cabins. Both provide basic amenities including electric hookups, showers, bathrooms, laundry facilities and more. There’s also ample space available for tent camping at both locations as well as cabin rentals if you’re looking for something more luxurious than traditional camping gear.
Heading out of town towards Sewanee or Tracy City will take you into some of Tennessee’s most beautiful countryside with stunning mountain vistas all around you. In this area there are several state parks such as:
- South Cumberland State Park where visitors can find primitive campsites or rent cabins or yurts from the park office.
- Grundy Forest State Natural Area which offers primitive campsites along its hiking trails
- Savage Gulf Natural Area with backcountry sites accessible via its rugged trails
- Fiery Gizzard Trail which features multiple backcountry sites perfect for hikers
- Beersheba Springs Wilderness offering rustic cabins throughout its forested area
- Stone Door Ranger Station providing access to many different types of outdoor recreation activities like rock climbing and rappelling among others
- Foster Falls Recreation Area offering campsites near its scenic waterfalls
- Gruetli-Laager Community Center featuring spacious sites overlooking gorgeous Lake Ocoee Reservoir just outside Chattanooga city limits
- Raccoon Mountain Caverns & Campground providing private lakefront spots complete with swimming pools next door
- Prentice Cooper Wildlife Management Area boasting numerous primitive campsites nestled deep within dense woodland foliage – ideal for wildlife watching enthusiasts!