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Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall

Tennessee Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee

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  • A ledge of the upper falls from an overlook.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
  • The second ledge in Burgess Falls.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
  • A wooden catwalk along the trail to Burgess Falls.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
  • A wooden catwalk along the trail to Burgess Falls.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
  • The trail to Burgess Falls passes through dense woodland.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
  • A small spring runoff on the trail to Burgess Falls.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
  • The second of two bridges along the trail to Burgess Falls.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
  • A small waterfall off-trail.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
  • A water cascade during the rainy season.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
  • Overlooking Burgess Falls' upper ledge.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
  • Burgess Falls.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
  • Looking upstream from the top of Burgess Falls.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
  • A channel at the top of Burgess Falls.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
  • Looking northwest from the top of Burgess Falls.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
  • Looking toward the bottom of Burgess Falls from the top.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
  • A Big Falls trail marker.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
  • The trail to Burgess Falls is well marked.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
  • Walking up the service road near Burgess Falls.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
  • The trail to Burgess Falls is well marked.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
  • Walking up the service road near Burgess Falls.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
  • Following a service road toward the trailhead.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
  • A valley view on the service road.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
  • A picnic area near the trailhead.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
  • The view from the parking area near the trailhead.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
  • A pavilion near the trailhead.- Burgess Falls State Park Waterfall
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Amazing waterways and waterfall. Short hike.
Cons: 
Old cable bridge is inoperable. Floods washed out the old passage to bottom of falls.
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Region:
Tennessee Cumberland Plateau, TN
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Burgess Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in Tennessee. Measuring 250 feet, it is a sight to soak in.

From the dam to the beautiful gorge that Burgess Falls cascades into, there is so much beauty to take in. Getting to the falls is an easy hike from the parking area. Once on the trail from the parking lot, Falling Water River winds its way toward the epic cascade. Come in the fall when the trees change to vibrant colors, setting the landscape on fire.

These waters were used by the City of Cookeville from 1928 to 1944 to generate hydroelectric power. In 1973 the territory became a designated Tennessee State Natural Area, protecting the forest and the aquatic habitats. While in the area, be sure to check out Cummins Falls and Waterloo Falls. You will not be disappointed in the beauty this area holds.

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