Burgess Falls State Park

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Burgess Falls State Park
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This park contains 4 breathtaking waterfalls as well as fishing and picnic areas. Also included is a round trip, moderately strenuous hike of about a mile and a half, and a butterfly garden very close by. More information on this park and many more can be found at the TN State Parks website.
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2-3 hours
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AmandaO
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Family
We went with three kids; the youngest is 3. They kept up just fine, but there were a few spots on the trail that were narrow and had pretty steep drop-offs with no handrails. We held the kids hands and did fine. We didn’t do the final stretch of the trail down to the bottom of the big falls because it was too steep for our kids.
I recommend arriving early. By the time we left, it was getting busy and hot.
There is a playground at the parking lot that has a bit of shade. The kids enjoyed that. The restrooms were also in good condition and pretty clean.
Just FYI, poison ivy is abundant, so I’ll put my kids in taller socks next time.
Written July 4, 2021
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Whatafall
Tennessee62 contributions
I LOVE the hike at Burgess Falls and you will too - just ignore the plastic swingsets and picnic area and go straight to the river, then downstream. Once on the trail it beauty comes to life! The waterfalls and pools look inviting to swim in, and perhaps the city upstream will clean up enough to make that appealing. For now it's best in cooler months or after a big rain when the falls are pumping and the spray covering everything in mist. You can take boring gravel road in to the main falls, and this means when you get there you'll see more people, but the old trail is the gem so I suggest you return on that too.
Written January 21, 2020
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NewbernTraveler
Newbern, TN805 contributions
Burgess Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Tennessee, and only about 12 miles south of I-40, at Cookeville. It is well worth a stop, but that said, there are some things you need to known in advance.

* It is a 3/4 mile walk to the falls from the parking area, and there are two ways to do this. One is a very strenuous walk along the river that takes you by three of the other smaller falls on the way to the main falls at the end. This has numerous steps that get steep at times. Many are made out of rocks, or sometimes using the roots of trees. The easier way is simply to take the gravel service road from the parking lot to the main falls. It has an incline, but is much easier to walk. It also has one observation area where you can see one of the other smaller falls.

* Get there early... Parking here is extremely limited. On weekends, by 9:30 am, the parking areas are filled up and closed sometimes. The park opens at 8 am, and closes 1/2 hour before sunset. Weekdays are better, and going after 4 pm can help, too.

* There is no camping or swimming. While this is a state park, it is actually a state natural area, with less features than standard state parks. You can walk to the bottom of the falls, and people do get in the water at their own risks.

* Take water with you. While 3/4 mile doesn't seem long, on a hot day it can get tough, especially if you use the river walk with all the steps up and down.
Written June 25, 2020
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Kevin B
Mount Juliet, TN1,811 contributions
We visited Burgess Falls back in August and it's a nice little park overall with very pretty waterfalls. The trail is very short and narrow, so it wasn't exactly the best place to socially distance as many people were not trying to keep their distance with others. The trail was nice to hike though and it would be better once we don't have to worry about COVID. We did see a lot of people coming here to swim, but swimming is not allowed here, so please don't come here expected to go for a swim (it really wouldn't be safe).
Written November 24, 2020
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theandrewsnation
Burns, TN203 contributions
Family
If you love beautiful landscapes don’t miss it. There’s a falls right near the parking lot that’s good for just wading and having a good time. The gem is 30-45 minute hike away. Trail isn’t too bad but it’ll work you out. 2 or 3 overlooks along the way before opening up to the amazing cascading drop. Although you can only access the bottom by boat you can hike down and wade around the top of the falls and look over the top. It’s phenomenal. 2-3 hours we spent here and it was worth every second.
Written July 3, 2020
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TravelDiva001
Knoxville, TN1,610 contributions
Couples
We loved this park! Could hear the roar of the falls from the parking lot and didn’t walk long until we saw the 1st of 3 falls. The trail was very nicely maintained and although some hills to climb, it didn’t take long to get to the main falls which was spectacular! I would definitely go back again.
We have TN State Park Passport books we get stamped at every park (books are free from any park headquarters). We had trouble finding the park office. Would be nice to have it marked on the main road.
Parking was plentiful and bathrooms were clean.
Written November 6, 2020
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smcdaniel
Ariton, AL492 contributions
When we arrived Sat morning at 8am it was 35 degrees. Thankfully no wind and it was a pleasant walk. It would be considered easy walking for most people. We did not go to the base of the falls, which is difficult. This is a must do.
Written October 20, 2020
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Colleen Lindsay
Crossville, TN65 contributions
Couples
We recently moved to Crossville and were looking for a quick day trip. The state parks in Tennessee never disappoint and this was no exception. This park was about 40 minutes from Crossville, and it was a beautiful drive with the trees baring their fall leaves. Once parked, the falls are merely steps away. There is a pathway that walks around the falls- at certain points it can be dangerous, especially for small children, due to a lack of handrail. The views of the falls vary the further you walk. Great place to bring your dog as well! The park has a playground, and a covered shelter with picnic tables to enjoy your own food.
Written December 17, 2020
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Matt M
105 contributions
All of my previous hiking trips to Tennessee have been to the Smoky Mountains. My wife and I did not want to drive that far so we decided on staying a little east of Nashville and hit many of the state parks in the area. Burgess Falls was at the top of our list of places to see. We hiked along the trail that kept us above the falls while stopping at overlooks. I was even more amazed seeing waterfalls in person. Our time was limited because we arrived later in the day so I am not sure if there is more access to lower parts of the taller falls. During our trip in early November, the water flow was very strong and the entire rock face was covered. There did not appear to be a lot of different options at the park but the waterfalls were worth the trip.
Written November 4, 2020
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Cathy T
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We hiked the trail along the Lowe, middle and upper falls. It is rated as a moderate hike if I remember correctly. ( I have several health issues myself and was able to complete the hike with no problems as long as I paced myself,) There are a couple of good spots to see each of the falls and some good photo ops along the way.
Unless you prefer to hike quickly to fit a lot into one day over enjoying where you are, or just need a little extra time for some health issues and photography like me, plan to spend about 1 1/2 to 2 hours here.

Note that these falls had a decent flow of water during a significant drought even when most other falls in the area were dry / barely running.
Written January 8, 2020
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