Burgess Falls

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150 Foot Burgess Falls Waterfall is a State Natural Area, that is part of a 164-acre State Park, located in Middle Tennessee . The Falling Water River drops approximately 250 feet, providing numerous waterfalls. It is easy to visit. The 3/4 mile walk to the falls is mostly level and passes two other falls, one of them being the 60' Middle Falls and some cascades. There is an overlook above the falls which offers some very impressive views of both falls and the deep gorge the river has carved out. A steep trail leads to the brink of the falls, and a stairway will take you to the base of the falls. Park visitors can visit the large Native Butterfly Garden located adjacent to the upper parking lot.

Nearby Falls

The Middle and smaller falls are a short distance upstream. Falling Water River flows into Center Hill Lake, which was created by the damming of the Caney Fork River. Fancher Falls, Evins Mill Falls, Cul-Car-Mac Falls, and Twin Falls are all around Center Hill Lake. Virgin Falls, Cane Creek Falls, and Fall Creek Falls are all within an hours drive to the south. Cummins Falls can be found north of Cookeville, and a dozen other waterfalls are in the general area.
Trail length: 1 miles
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    Reviewed by Melissa Peacock on March 10, 2014

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    I was back over to this waterfall on Saturday March 8 2014. I knew it would be raging but not as much as I saw. Even the smaller falls looked huge. The park was extremely crowded and I was the only one brave enough to hike down to the base. It was windy and cold and I got seriously wet. My camera was soaked. It was un unreal feeling being so close to the drop and feel all the power of the falls on your face. There were people high on the bluff taking pictures of me hiking down. I pretty much slide down on my butt. It was worth it. This is a very exhausting hike going up and down the bluffs. Fun place to go to. Oh and it's FREE so it is even more fun...
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    Reviewed by Melissa Peacock on July 27, 2013

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    On July 2, 2013 I traveled to Tennessee specifically looking for some powerful Waterfall photos. It had been raining a lot and the news reported flooding in area so I randomly choose waterfalls I thought had the most water that day. This waterfall did not disappoint me. As a matter of fact I could as closely as possible compare this trip on this day to my Costa Rica Experience the lush foliage and the blue skies plus the spray from the powerful waterfalls that you could swim up to were stunningly beautiful. The hike down to the base required strength and skill as you scooted down a mountain cliff to gain access to the shoreline. I really loved everything about this trip and park and will definitely make this a repeat visit.
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