Rutledge Falls
Rutledge Falls
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Sue L
Myrtle Beach, SC825 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
A beautiful hidden jewel. We went during the week and had the place was ours alone. You do have to be careful of your footing, especially if you have children (keep those hands held). The view was amazing, we enjoyed it so much. Limited parking near the road close to the church and portapotties are available near the parking lot. We thoroughly enjoyed it, just watch your step.
Written April 15, 2021
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Bernard W
Dallas, TX1,905 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
These very special and delightful falls are on private property and accessible due to the kindness of the property owners. Thank you to them for making this very special place available to the general public...and at no cost. The hike to the falls is short and not difficult as long as you are steady on your feet. It is well worth the small bit of effort as the falls are truly special. Grand and glorious to see and listen to. Note the fall tributaries on either side of the grand falls.
Written November 3, 2020
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cfinchapex
Cary, NC45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Only about 10 minilute walk to the falls through private property. (Appreciate the owners sharing it with everyone). Great picnic spot and be sure to hike to the top of the falls to see another cascade. We included a trip here with a hike to Machine Falls. Easy to do in one afternoon or morning. About 1 hour 20 minutes out of Nashville. Dog and kid friendly.
Written September 29, 2020
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Douglas W
Murfreesboro, TN51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Great was to spend a couple of hours. Very short walk to the falls. This one is all about the swimming/wading in the water, at least in the summer. Looked to be a popular area, especially for kids and families. Everyone was having a good time.
Written July 20, 2020
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SaraK775
Waunakee, WI14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Wow! What a beautiful hidden gem! We were passing through town on our vacation. Instead of hanging at our hotel I looked up “things to do” in Tullahoma. Rutledge Falls showed up and I’m so glad we went here. Beautiful and whimsical. I did this in Birkenstocks because I wasn’t prepared. It can be done in sandals, but would be better in tennis shoes. Worth it!
Written July 19, 2022
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Ginnifur
Chattanooga, TN9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
THE MYSTERIOUS STATUE AT RUTLEDGE FALLS- A PIECE OF HISTORY.DIRECT FROM THE STATE CAPITOL
I was three years old when my family moved to live in the house at Rutledge Falls in 1953, and perhaps eight or ten years old when the mysterious statue was installed on the bluff overlooking the falls by my father and one of his Highland Oil Company employees, Elmo Roberts. Visitors to the falls are always attracted to the statue, and remark on it, and wonder what it means and where it came from. As related below, the true story is part of a larger story of terrible waste and unfortunate destruction of an important element of the history of the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville. My father, Lyndon B. "Pop" Jennings, was not a patron of the arts, but he hated to see anything wasted.

Born in 1910 in Statesville, Tennessee as one of thirteen children of John Wiley and Caledonia Patterson Jennings, his childhood was one of deprivation and shortages. He often spoke of the shortages of cash, food, clothing, toys, gifts, luxuries, indoor plumbing and insulation that characterized his childhood life on the family farm. As the land in that part of Wilson County is full of hills, rocks and thin soil, I can well understand how the farm failed to support the family in a comfortable way.

Pop worked smart, hard, fairly and honestly all his life to improve himself and his situation in life, including paying his way through Cumberland College in Lebanon, becoming a successful Shell Oil Company distributor, and the eventual ownership of some 730 acres ofland in Coffee County, including Rutledge Falls. In the 1950's Pop was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives and then the State Senate, and he greatly enjoyed his work and associations there. He was a great admirer, booster and friend of Governors Frank Clement and Buford Ellington, during a period when rural Tennessee was able to improve itself greatly through a wide number of initiatives, made possible by receiving a larger share of state and federal funding and projects.

At some sort of legislative meeting during that period at what is now the Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville, Pop saw that a great pile of statues were visible, and he asked Ellington what was happening, and learned that all the statues were to be buried on the site, having recently been removed from the state capitol grounds as a part of a massive renovation project then underway. Both agreed that they were witness to a terrible waste and shame, but there was no changing what had already been done. Pop obtained permission to save one of the statues, once he found one that was unbroken, and then moved it to its present site. He always referred to the female figure as "The Lady of the FaIls".

Many years passed before I got more curious about the statue, and was able to learn more of its history. Perhaps it started when I saw and bought an issue of The Tennessee Historical Quarterly that concerned itself with the history of the capitol building. It included pictures of the capitol during the Civil War and the next ninety years or so, when the north and south ends of the building were accented by four huge freestanding gas lamp fixtures, with three identical life-sized statues being part of each, as gaslight standards. Those statues were named Morning, Noon and Night, according to the article, and were ordered in 1859 from a firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that designed and fabricated extraordinary ornamental ironwork. The same firm, Wood and Perot, also produced all the elaborate ironwork installed in the capitol's library room, visible there today. I am told by staff at the Tennessee State Museum that the figure at Rutledge Falls is Night.
Written September 29, 2018
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Tennessee50plus
Springfield, TN8,016 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
The beautiful waterfalls is probably one of the harder ones to find but worth the effort. It is on private land, but the owner has not only graciously allowed access but also provide a nice gravel trail to the falls. They are to be commended for sharing this gem with the public. It is also very easy to get to being only a short 5 minute walk from the small but ample parking area. The trail will bring you to the top of the falls. there are two trails down to the bottom. One winds to the left and is easier to negotiate and safer for children and those who are not up to steep climbs. The other goes down from the point where you first see the falls over steep damp rocks and requires more caution. There is a statue at the top where the trails split. The best way to find the falls is to navigate to the Rutledge Falls Baptist Church on Rutledge Falls Road. Across the street in front of the church is a small pull off parking area (see my photos). To the left of the parking area is a fenced area with an old grist mill stone and an entrance to a gravel trail. You will see a sign regarding the falls and the owners cautions and request. Follow the trail a short distance and as you enter the woods to the left, the falls will be straight ahead where you see the back of a bronze statue. The steep rock trail down is straight ahead and to the left of the statue. The easier trail is direct left going on into the woods. This is truly a very beautiful spot that you will most likely have all to yourself. After visiting here, if you continue on down Rutledge Falls Road, you are only a short drive to the Short Springs State Recreational Area where you can hike to an equally impressive Machine Falls, though far more difficult to get to. Please be respectful of the owners generosity in sharing this sight and do not litter on their property or cause any damage.
Written November 3, 2014
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DrPhyxit
Rosenberg, TX133 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Solo
Easy access to this small yet impressive waterfall. I suggest you pick a day when kids are in school or at least go on a weekday. Encountered a rude, disrespectful and very selfish family that made my visit less enjoyable. At least they picked up their trash when I asked them if the were going to leave it in the rocks.
Park across the street from the Baptist Church. Look for a gated area with a millstone blocking the entrance. Follow the trail to a statue that overlooks falls. Then take trail to the left for an easy descend to the bottom. Be careful of rough terrain and slippery spots. WEAR STURDY SHOES - NOT FLIP FLOPS OR SANDALS.
And pick up your trash!
Written June 25, 2016
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ebrandon
Old Hickory, TN253 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
These falls are easily accessible for a view above them. The hike is very short. I would be cautious about attempting a descent to the bottom. It is certainly worth a stop. The property owners are very gracious to allow the public to enjoy the beauty of the falls and their property.
Written February 1, 2021
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Shirley D
Jacksonville Beach, FL204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017
This beautiful setting is provided by private owners - I suggest you bring a garbage bag and fill it up - this will be your payment for a beautiful view at no charge - wear your swim suit (no facilities), sturdy shoes for short or long trail both are steep and slippery....to get to bottom of falls where the swimming is sublime. Pack your picnic/blanket and eat in the serene setting just before the woods & falls. Set your GPS for 1289 Rutledge Falls Rd, Tullahoma, TN; be sure to use the restroom before you arrive!! The falls are a short walk from the small parking across from the church.
Written June 10, 2017
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