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Cummins Falls State Park Waterfall

Cummins Falls State Park

Highland Rim, Tennessee

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  • Welcome to Cummins Falls State Park.- Cummins Falls State Park Waterfall
  • The beginning of the trail near the trailhead.- Cummins Falls State Park Waterfall
  • Continuing down trail.- Cummins Falls State Park Waterfall
  • The junction of the Waterfall Overlook and Downstream trails.- Cummins Falls State Park Waterfall
  • The overlook of the falls.- Cummins Falls State Park Waterfall
  • Follow the Falls Overlook Trail and turn to the right after 0.4 mile.- Cummins Falls State Park Waterfall
  • Continue down the Blackburn Fork River Trail.- Cummins Falls State Park Waterfall
  • Beautiful trees on the trail.- Cummins Falls State Park Waterfall
  • This incline is a still steep. Just make sure to watch your step.- Cummins Falls State Park Waterfall
  • The path levels off for a few hundred yards.- Cummins Falls State Park Waterfall
  • Base of the Blackburn Fork River Trail.- Cummins Falls State Park Waterfall
  • Small cascade on the Blackburn Fork River.- Cummins Falls State Park Waterfall
  • Beautiful flat water.- Cummins Falls State Park Waterfall
  • Cliff wall with a cascade leading to the falls.- Cummins Falls State Park Waterfall
  • The small gorge to the right of the trail to the falls.- Cummins Falls State Park Waterfall
  • Small incline before going down into the gorge.- Cummins Falls State Park Waterfall
  • Beautiful cliff to the right of the trail.- Cummins Falls State Park Waterfall
  • Opening to view of the falls.- Cummins Falls State Park Waterfall
  • Above the swimming hole at the base of of the falls.- Cummins Falls State Park Waterfall
  • The right side of the falls.- Cummins Falls State Park Waterfall
  • Visitors enjoying the falls.- Cummins Falls State Park Waterfall
  • Unidentified wildflowers mixed with black-eyed Susans.- Cummins Falls State Park Waterfall
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Amazing waterfall. Swimming holes. Great hike.
Cons: 
High foot traffic in the summer. Trails to the base are steep.
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Region:
Highland Rim, TN
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Amazing doesn’t even begin to describe this magical place. Cummins Falls State Park was founded by the State of Tennessee in 2012. However, people have been venturing to this beautiful place since the 1800s. The Cummins State Park Waterfall is a hike like no other, one that shows the true beauty of Tennessee.

Starting from the trailhead, hike 0.4 mile to the Blackburn Fork River Trail Segway and go right. Here is the overlook of the falls. Continue down the Blackburn Fork River Trail for a half-mile to the Blackburn Fork River. Turn left and hike the Falls Route for 0.6 mile to the falls. The trail crosses water and intersects with other trails, so make sure to watch your footing. Bring swimming gear, as well, because there is a plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the swimming hole at the base of the Cummins State Park Waterfall. The waterfall’s height is whopping 75 feet with shelves to sit on amid the showers of the cascade. You might just come back with a different appreciation for Tennessee after this trip.

Cummins Falls State Park has several warnings to be aware of before venturing out. Wear water shoes, boots, or other stable walking gear. The trails are steep and water crossings can be knee-deep to access the waterfall. Bring waterproof items for electronics or leave them behind. Bring drinking water. During times of heavy rain it can be dangerous to go to the river, so check the Tennessee State Parks website for the park before venturing out.

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