Jackson Falls

Jackson Falls, Williamsport: Address, Jackson Falls Reviews: 4/5

Jackson Falls
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amandak2782
Eagle, WI143 contributions
Good spot to stop
Apr 2021
This is a easy to reach spot to take in a scenic view. The path down to the falls was not as difficult as other reviews made it seem. Yes there a a few stairs, a little incline, and a couple slick/wet spots. But nothing to discourage you from reaching the cascading falls at the bottom. Does not take long and it worth a visit!
Written May 18, 2021
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traceymitchell
Henderson, TN1 contribution
Do not hike to the overlook
Jan 2021 • Family
We all had a bit of cabin fever and needed airing. I have had a bee in my bonnet for a while to explore areas close to us. I decided to take this beautiful day to explore our first waterfall.

We - me, my sister, my teenage daughter and niece, and my mother - chose Jackson Falls. It is one of three waterfalls within two hours of us. It’s close to the road, easily accessible, and not on private property.

From the parking area, you can take two paths. One is a concrete path to the base of the falls described as “steep.” It’s about 900 feet. We weren’t sure we wanted to be at the base with the cool weather, and “steep” does not mix well with “asthma.”

The other path goes in the opposite direction. It’s about 1/3 mile, described as “moderate” difficulty with the promise of looking down at the falls from the lookout. Lies. I know this because we chose this path first.

Twenty-five feet into this trail, which is an extremely generous name for what we risked life and limb on, and my 13-year-old tripped over a tree root, caught herself, and yelled back to us, “Nature. Zero stars. Do not recommend!”

I tried to tell her to hush and enjoy it, but it was getting harder to breath as I hauled my middle-aged, round, asthmatic self up this muddy, slick, root-riddled pick-path on sheer will and the promise of a glorious view. As the path became steeper, it also narrowed. The drop-off into the Duck River clung close to our footsteps. The Duck River is more of a creek in this area. Falling into it would leave one less drowned and more broken and just wet enough to be miserable, with underbrush scratches all over. My niece kept finding outcroppings of rocks and jumping from them onto outcroppings below them. She was making my heart hurt. I feared finding a dead body. Or running into someone who would turn us into dead bodies.

It got worse. In the narrowest part of the path, it turns around a large tree and drops steeply. I won’t describe what happened here. There is video. May it never surface. If it does, I was not crying. When you get around this death trap, you can see that you are literally feet from the road and have been the entire time. The “outlook” is just ahead. It’s a parking lot. You can drive to it. You cannot see a waterfall from it.

My mother had stayed in the truck. We called her and had her pick us up. We went back to the starting point and went to the waterfall. That 900 feet is steep, but it’s paved with railings and benches along the way. Use your energy here. You’re less like to die. It is the only place from which you can see the falls.
Written January 24, 2021
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John R
Nashville, IN234 contributions
Definite Stop Along Natchez Trace Parkway
Oct 2020
Make time for a short stop to see this waterfall when driving the Trace. Short but fairly steep walk along paved trail down to the waterfalls. We were fortunate to be there with no one else around so enjoyed the sounds of being outdoors by ourselves.
Written October 24, 2020
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Tee S
Memphis, TN19 contributions
Pretty
Jun 2020 • Friends
After a short and very steep downhill hike, you soon come upon a beautiful water fall. Worth a trip.
Written June 28, 2020
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lovetravel2
606 contributions
Beautiful Waterfall
Dec 2019
This is a must stop if in the area, it is on the Natchez Trace Parkway. It has restroom facilities that are very clean. The path down to the falls are paved, so it makes easy walking. No strollers or wheelchairs though, because there are some steps. This waterfall was flowing strong because there was a lot of rain in the area when we went. I highly recommend stopping here, there is a bench at the bottom, sit a while and enjoy the falls.
Written January 5, 2020
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TryppAdams
Minneapolis, MN9,553 contributions
Underwhelming
Nov 2019
Located off the Natchez Trace Parkway and at the end of a short, steep, well paved trail is Jackson Falls. The initial falls were fairly underwhelming and as a sign reads on the pathway down, apparently the duck river robed Jackson creek of it's flow above the falls making a far less significant waterfall. When I climbed up a bit the upper falls were far more interesting but climbing up might not be for everyone. Perhaps these are great after a rainfall or in the spring but there wasn't much to see when I visited.
Written December 4, 2019
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SMH
5 contributions
Falls and trail wonderful; restrooms awful!
Oct 2019
Be warned- the restrooms at this site where probably infected with E-coli.... toilets were overflowed with visible sewage, all over floor, both men and women's restrooms. I would rate the Falls higher if not for that. Falls were very pretty, short but steep climb back up but paved. Not sure it was worth the time it took to get there from Franklin where we stayed due to the deplorable condition of the restrooms- rather spoiled it for us.
Written October 23, 2019
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TreeKat
Bartlett, TN325 contributions
Beautiful Peaceful Spot! Worth the Stop!
Mar 2019 • Couples
On our way to Nashville, we got off I-40 and connected with Natchez Trace Parkway via Hwy 50. We stopped along the Parkway and enjoyed Jackson Falls, the Duck River Overlook, and Baker Bluff Overlook. It was so peaceful at the base of Jackson Falls. It was hard to leave. Loved it! It’s a short easy descent to reach the falls and there are handrails which are nice if someone feels they need them when they begin their climb back up to the parking lot. But with steps along the path it’s an easy ascent. So glad we got to experience this beautiful spot and waterfall. The rock formations and moss covering many of them are pretty awesome too.
Written March 23, 2019
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Fred Boyd
San Clemente, CA585 contributions
Nice waterfall
Jan 2019 • Solo
I stopped here at the falls while driving the Natchez Trace Parkway. It’s an easy 5 to 10 minute walk down to the falls. The water was running pretty good even though it was January. I would say this is a must stop.
Written January 29, 2019
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Steven D
Spring Hill, TN1,593 contributions
Saturday Road Trip
Nov 2018 • Couples
After a very hearty breakfast in Leipers Fork — we set out for a destination in South Nashville with a popular lake and hiking trails. Too packed — traffic was backed up to the main road. So on to Plan B — the Natchez Trace Parkway with multiple overlooks and trailheads.

We settled on this trailhead that leads down to a scenic Jackson Falls. This trailhead is only accessible via the Natchez Trace — although it was “close” to a connection to US 50 near Williamsport.

There are clean restrooms at the trailhead with modest picnic seating areas. The trail is relatively short — but has an aggressive descent down to the base of the falls. The trail is very level (no roots or rocks) until you get to the bottom. Fall colors had peaked in this area but there was still a little gold and rust brown peeking through.

Suggest good footwear — boots or hiking shoes — as the surface gets very slippery near the falls. You can do the entire trail round trip (including photo ops) in under an hour.
Written November 17, 2018
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