Burgess Falls State Natural Area, located in Middle Tennessee, lies on the eastern edge of Tennessee's Highland Rim adjacent to the Cumberland Plateau and is noted for its natural beauty. Sheer bluffs, narrow ridges, rolling water and abundant mixed forest, characterize this area. The Falling Water River drops approximately 250 feet, providing numerous waterfalls, breathtaking scenery and overlooks. The park is home to over 300 species trees and plants and an abundance of wildlife. Park visitors can visit the large Native Butterfly Garden located adjacent to the upper parking lot.
I live in waterfall paradise in Oregon & Washington but Burgess Falls are as spectacular as the ones we have at home. The hike is easy and provides great views and wonderful for photography. I have posted some photos from last year (Nov 2015) when the rains were falling hard and the water is running high and added more from last week (Nov 2016) during the drought and both versions are beautiful. The Park Rangers also had some corn snakes for everyone to get up close & personal with and they were colorful creatures as well. I will come back next year and praying the area gets the much needed rain to put out the local fires and add more H20 to the river.
Bill H. on Burgess Falls Trail
Do it !
Rhonda A. on Burgess Falls Trail
Beautiful views. Water levels are low in the area right now. Only 1/3 of the Burgess Falls has water flowing over it. Access to the bottom of the falls is closed. Still it was a beautiful site. Park opens at 8:00 am and I would recommend being there when it opens to beat the crowds.
This trail is NOT difficult! It's about as difficult as walking on your local greenway. Very short trail with a HUGE payoff. The falls are absolutely breathtaking. They advise to not scramble down to the base of the falls, though many people still do. You can enjoy the view of the falls from several different vantage points. Highly recommended.
Very mild trail that follows a river and passes several cascading waterfalls and overlooks. The main falls are spectacular and not to be missed. There are a few steps on the way but nothing too strenuous. The path down to the base of the falls was closed (3 July 2016) due to structural damage. There is a level gravel service road that leads back to the parking lot at the end. Overall easy hike with great views. Well worth it!