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.

Great short trail. Beautiful waterfall views! Some of the viewings were closed due to flood damage today, but it was still worth visiting. Trail maintenance was excellent.

有几处瀑布,非常壮观。

Parts of the trail are currently closed.

Very well maintained hiking/walking trail that offers spectacular views of waterfalls. We like it because it is a quick walk in very pretty setting.

hiking
1 month ago

My family had a great time. Hopefully they fix the couple destroyed viewing points. We want to go back when the water is down so we can swim at the bottom of the big fall!

This place was awesome. Almost didn’t go since the staircase to the bottom is closed but it was worth the drive out anyways. The water level was extra high and very impressive. I took my dog along and he seemed to enjoy the trail as well, we’ll be back!

walking
1 month ago

It has been really rainy and the trail was rather slick, but we really enjoyed the view. It was a little strenuous for my out of shape self and still managed to walk the trail in about an hour.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail itself is short but the falls are worth the trip. I was in awe. The Ranger gave me pointers on an even better hike nearby, said it’s all better come April. (It was rainy).

Nice little hike with some great views. Right now though the main overlook and the stairs to get down to the bottom of the main falls are closed. The hike is still worth it.

Fun 1hr hike

Beautiful short easy trail along the river. Take your camera!

Was a really nice short hike this morning. Wouldn't consider it as moderate in my opinion. However, for some I'm sure it is because of the stairs and such. Very pretty scenery. Wonderful falls.

Great trail! Quick hike in with some stairs. Walked both the trail by the river and the ridge trail which both end at the big falls. My knees aren’t the greatest and I was able to navigate both trails easily.

3 months ago

We didn’t realize just how much rain the area had received and the water was at flood stage. It was wild how noisy the water was and how you could hear large boulders tumbling beneath the current like thunder. One overlook was closed due to being heavily damaged. We took the hike to the base of the big falls for another stunning view. This was a short hike but there was a lot to see along the way.

Very short easy trail. My girl friend and I trekked this when two of the main observation points were down with no access. We managed to find our way down to each fall tho. If you enjoy waterfalls this place is beautiful. If staircase is still out to main falls you will have to climb down as we did. Beautiful and worth it.

Short and easy walk with a huge payoff! I wouldn't call this a hike but it's definitely worth going to just for the views. I'd say this place is pretty busy in the warm months. I was there in the winter and there were still quite a few people there.

hiking
4 months ago

Cool hike, lots of old power plant parts

Very fun short hike. Had a great couple hours exploring

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful views even with the stairs going down to the bottom of the falls being closed. Plenty of fish and wildlife to see . The water is cold year round . And plenty of bass to catch .

Very scenic trail. Perfect introductory trail for experiencing the best natural features at the edge of the plateau. Good afternoon excursion!

Great scenery! Easy to moderate difficulty, but worth the views! The stairs to get to the bottom of the waterfall were closed when I went due to structural damage but you can climb to the top of the waterfall and there is a good view from across the river!

Beautiful falls! Would definitely go again!

Easy trail, not too long. Portions are closed due to damage. Absolutely beautiful falls.

Great, though flood waters have damaged the portion of the trail leading Down to the base of the falls.

This place is beautiful. I use to come down here as a child and play in the falls and it's sad to see everything closed down with no swimming signs everywhere.

What an incredible day we spend, my husband and I have given ourselves the task of knowing the nature more serca and every Sunday we will be visiting places and uploading photos of nature that God gave us!

The end waterfall was stunning. It was a nice stroll down to the falls and it was worth it. It was huge and breathtaking up close.

8 months ago

We traveled the service road but probably could have done the trail at the same speed. The falls are amazing to see. At the overlook, we went down to the waters above the falls. Tons of shells. Not super water-play friendly but fun just the same. Also, from the parking lot, we took a short trail to the first falls and saw the old wood bridge (not accessible and not usable). This is a great trail/area for younger families because they also have a playground. You could make a day of it if you pack a lunch.

Absolutely breath taking views! The trail to the last outlook is easy. Hiking down to the top of the falls is pretty steep but doable and most certainly worth it! Unfortunately the staircase to the bottom of the falls was under renovations and we were unable to access it. Overall it's it worth the stop. We did the hike in a little under an hour with stops to enjoy the scenery. And it's only about 15 mins off hwy 40.

Short hike but beautiful views!

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