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.
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!
Kathy K. on Burgess Falls Trail
not much to see since 2 overlooks to falls are closed.
Sounds like this trail has seen better days.
We visited about a week ago and most of the approach to the falls was closed due to damage. With closures, there's only about a ~0.5-0.75mi. little stroll with few good views of the falls. Definitely not worth a visit until repairs are made.