Explore the most popular trails near Cookeville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful short trail. Easy hike. Lots of wild flowers in bloom. Went on a Saturday afternoon in the 70s and only met three other people on the trail.

This place is a must visit in TN. A great place to swim with friends or visitors.

22 days ago

small but pretty park in Cookeville, love walking here

hiking
22 days ago

Short out and back, mostly paved, gravel at the end. Nice little waterfall. Easy trail, good if you have 30 minutes to kill without working up a sweat.

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful waterfall ... nice swimming hole. Sometimes very crowded.

25 days ago

One of my favorite parks in cookeville, lots of geese and fish around as well as paddle boat rentals. Me and my girlfriend come here frequently.

25 days ago

Very public, a nice short walk around the middle of cookeville

Fantastic views with excellent paths. Some disrepair which lead to some paths being unaccessable.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful waterfall, especially when it is frozen! Also, only true hikers are out in this awful weather so that is a plus
During the summer though, it is full of "non-hikers" so it is pretty busy since it is a free place to go swimming. That being said, it is usually busy once it starts getting hot outside again.
Also, the hike back up from the falls is not my favorite thing ever so just be careful!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy hike to the overlook. Harder getting down to the water but worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

Best time to hike is during the rain of right after a huge rain. We went and were blown away with the amount of water. As a photographer is was beautiful. Definitely not safe to swim during this time. But amazing to see after a rain. Breathtaking.

walking
2 months ago

Nice paved walk /running path when your in cookeville. Pretty lake with ducks and geese. Also you can rent a paddle boat to spend time on the water.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy little paved path that later turns into gravel. The path ends at a small but very nice waterfall. Great little spot to take the kids to see a waterfall. The lake was nice as well and had ducks and a swan swimming .

hiking
3 months ago

Very crowded short hike. Great swimming hole to check out on a hot day. Beautiful Waterfall. Trail is definitely good for the whole family. The only "moderate" part about it is walking over rocks to get to waterfall once down on river bed

A sweet little hidden treasure! I discovered it when I moved to this part of town...most people don’t even know it’s here. It’s a very easy stroll to get to the waterfall and after it’s rained, the hills around the waterfall are streaming with multiple wet weather falls. Lovely!

Be prepared to get wet and for lots of people. If you hike up the river to the falls, it's definitely more than a mile. More like 3.5 round trip. The falls are definitely beautiful!

hiking
4 months ago

If you follow trail to bottom and go up creek to falls, the route is 3.5 miles round trip.

Short hike but the waterfall is amazing. Plan to swim. Best on a weekday. Weekends are so crowded it's hard to enjoy.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful ! Hiking boots or shoes are an absolute must !! Nice easily accessible views from above. If you’re going to hike the downstream trail the difficulty increases dramatically. You will be crossing large bolders and almost everyone will get wet. Protect your phone !!

Awesome trail. Definitely recommend Tevas/Chacos/something with grip that can get wet. Our GSD loves it, too.

hiking
5 months ago

The hike to the waterfall is challenging, but absolutely worth it! You'll definitely need to be prepared to get wet.

hiking
6 months ago

This is a fun half-day hike. The falls are gorgeous. Do be prepared to get wet as you have to zig zag across the wide creek at least up to your ankle. It was fun to crawl around the falls and explore. We only did the downstream and outlook trail. We had intentions of doing the upstream trail on the way back because it looks like they connect at the falls on the map, but you cannot actually access the upstream trail from the bottom of the falls. The trail is also not clearly marked where you should cross the creek at, so just choose a shallow spot where you can.

on City Lake Falls

6 months ago

Convenient location. The short paved trail is nicely shaded.

hiking
6 months ago

One of my fav day hikes. Plenty of swimming holes , water is ice cold year round . Have seen large bass , trout and even gar . Even seen an eagle a few times. Great views , especially in the fall when the leaves turn. There are smaller falls on both sides of the river before the big one especially after a couple of days of rain . Be mindful of the snakes .

Rough hike back up but beyond worth it! Bring water shoes

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful scenery!! Worth the hike. Wear shoes that you can get wet, there are areas that you have to walk through shallow water to cross the river. Rocks are slippery and you might have to use your hands to help you get across some of the more challenging ones.

hiking
6 months ago

The trail is well maintained and the scenery is beautiful. The gorgeous waterfall makes up for the dirty bathrooms. There is ample parking. Wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet so you can comfortably walk in the water. The rocks are slick! Try to be handsfree so you can scramble over the rocks. Prepare to get wet from the knees down and enjoy the walk all the way to the waterfall. It’s worth it!

hiking
6 months ago

The first part of the trail down to the overlook was somewhat eroded and not much to see. However, following the Downstream Trail to the gorge was really nice, scenic, and fairly well maintained. The gorge itself was amazing. Highly recommend!

hiking
7 months ago

The falls were impressive and it was a nice break from driving back to Nashville.

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