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Burgess Falls State Park

4000 Burgess Falls Dr, Sparta, TN 38583-6661
+1 931-432-5312
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Very Hard Path

This was a highlight of my trip but they really need to do something about the path to the falls. I... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
Lafayette, LA
via mobile
Nice visit On A Fall Day

Burgess Falls State park is a nice place to visit. We took a trip here on a nice Fall day. It... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2017
Austin, Kentucky
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Burgess Falls State Park, located on the Falling Water River, is a day use park, noted for its natural beauty and four waterfalls that cascade down from over 250 feet in elevation. The last of these falls is the most spectacular, plunging more than 130 feet into the gorge. The area was originally populated by Native Americans of the Cherokee, Creek and Chickasaw tribes. These tribes used the land as a hunting ground until the late 19th century when a gristmill and sawmill began operating on the river. The Falling Water River was used to generate hydroelectric power for the city of Cookeville from 1928-1944. In 1973, the territory became a designated Tennessee State Natural Area, protecting the diverse forest and aquatic habitats. The park offers several activities for family and friends to enjoy year-round. Fishing is popular below the dam and the main waterfall along the bank and at the fishing pier. There are no public boat ramps or canoe/kayak access areas in the park. A large covered pavilion equipped with grills and tables can be reserved for large groups and has a scenic view of the river. Additional picnic areas, most with grills, are conveniently located to restrooms and a playground is nearby. None of the picnic tables are equipped with water spigots and all are available on a first come, first serve basis. The 1.5-mile round-trip River Trail/Service Road Loop is a moderately strenuous hike taking visitors past the waterfalls and into the gorge. The waterfalls are 20’ cascades, 30’ upper falls, 80’ middle falls, and 136’ lower falls in height. A steep trail leads to the edge of the falls, and a rustic stairway leads into the gorge. This is not an easy hike; the trail from the main overlook to the bottom of the main falls is very strenuous. Most people prefer to hike back to the parking lot along the service road. The half-mile Ridge Top Trail is very scenic with views down the main canyon of Falling Water River. All trails are foot trails.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
4000 Burgess Falls Dr, Sparta, TN 38583-6661
4000 Burgess Falls Dr, Sparta, TN 38583-6661
+1 931-432-5312
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Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

This was a highlight of my trip but they really need to do something about the path to the falls. I have a bad heart and some other physical difficulties and I have to say the walk was miserable. Once I got there the Falls...More

Thank bandman
Reviewed 23 October 2017

Burgess Falls State park is a nice place to visit. We took a trip here on a nice Fall day. It actually wasn't as busy as I expected. The trail was a little rough but not to bad. In some areas, there are rails to...More

Thank wendyrc81
Reviewed 14 October 2017

We have been there two times, the big fall is amazing! The middle falls and lower falls are very much beautiful as well, don't miss the chance to see all the falls. But I was little sad that the park rangers told that there is...More

Thank sadia_roti
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Beautiful trails, easy to get to on a map, amazing areas to walk and take pictures. Ranger on duty, so we felt safe. Waterfalls and foliage were worth the trip. Only about an hour from Nashville. So glad we came. Good exercise and good for...More

1  Thank URSULA H
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Just a few miles from I 40 and easy drive. There are three waterfalls to see at site. Riverside trail is very pretty with numerous opportunities for photos. A service road (public vehicle traffic not allowed) is easier access but does not provide pretty scenic...More

Thank Hallhouse38
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

This place was amazing. The waterfalls were gorgeous. We were able to take our 4 yr old and it wasn't strenuous at all. Three waterfalls in less than a mile. You can walk to the bottom of the last fall and cool your feet off...More

Thank higgie_10
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

Unbelievably I've never been to Burgess Falls and I'm a lifelong Tennessee resident. As a kid my family always went to Fall Creek Falls but Burgess is even more spectacular. I'm hiking all 56 Tennessee state parks and I'm constantly amazed by the stunning beauty...More

Thank Maddox1000
Reviewed 25 September 2017

The hike is beautiful. The waterfalls... yes waterfalls. Three to be exact. Are magnificent!!! The views are amazing to see. Bring a meal for a nice picnic and enjoy the great outdoors and God's free beauty!!

1  Thank judy177
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Where can you see three very impressive water falls along a shaded trail that's less than 3/4 mile long? At Burgess Falls SP. trail is marked as being strenuous but I'd rate it moderate. The path is hilly and there are many rocks and tree...More

4  Thank Robert A
Reviewed 8 September 2017

My first hike to waterfalls was not disappointing. It's not overly strenuous. The falls are beautiful. A couple of the overlooks were closed to disrepair and looked like they had been closed for a while. National parks do not have the funds that privately owned...More

1  Thank Caneymom
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7 October 2017|
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Response from Maddox1000 | Reviewed this property |
By February we should be having freezing temperatures but it's Tennessee so it might be 80 degrees😂Our weather is unreliable at best so be prepared for freezing rain or short sleeves.
1 October 2017|
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Response from dobbydoo | Reviewed this property |
It is a well worn wide path in the woods but fine for a 65 year old in average health. My 77 and 82 year old parents did fine. There is a steep set of steps at the end but they are not necessary to see the falls.
12 September 2017|
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Response from dobbydoo | Reviewed this property |
Follow the trail! Even with the lookout closed it's s great view!