Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
209.00 ft (63.70 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
1.60 mi (2.57 km)
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Burgess Falls State Park is located in Southeastern Putnam County, this park has a total of 3 different waterfalls along the trail. 

  • Little Falls 30'

  • Middle Falls 80'

  • Burgess Falls 136' 

The Burgess Falls Trail is considered easy; the trail is a total of 1.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 209 ft. The trail is well maintained by the park service, though it can be muddy after rain. Along the trail, there are a couple of places where it drops off some. Always be sure to watch and hang on to your children. 

Before you get to the Middle Falls, there is a set of stairs you have to climb to get to the viewpoint of the falls. The stairs are the most exhausting part of the hike. 

With 3 waterfalls, Burgess Falls State Park has much to offer! The park does also have a playground near the parking lot, along with a butterfly garden!

The park used to have steps that led to the base of the waterfall. Several years ago, a huge flood came and washed away the stairs that led to the bottom of the waterfall. Now, the only way to get to the base is to kayak to it.

To kayak to the base of Burgess Falls, you have to put your kayak in at Cane Hollow on Center Hill Lake. 

There are guided trips available for kayaking to the base of the falls!

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Fall
Spring
Summer

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Kid friendly. Short walk. Waterfall. Views. Wildflowers.

Cons

Some stairs. Muddy after rain. No access to bottom of waterfall.

Trailhead Elevation

884.00 ft (269.44 m)

Highest point

884.00 ft (269.44 m)

Features

Family friendly
Wildflowers
Waterfalls
Fishing
Wildlife
Near lake or river

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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