Falling Water Cascades, Tennessee

As you begin your hike to see Burgess Falls and the other waterfalls along the Falling Water River, the Falling Water Cascades are one of the first drops you will encounter. I didn’t really notice them, though, until I was hiking back to the parking area. As with any waterfall, the direction of approach matters.

The Falling Water Cascades are very photogenic. The multiple, small drops allow for a very beautiful effect. Pay attention to the cascades in the presence of the much larger falls.

Directions:

  1. From I-40 near Cookeville, take the exit for TN-135 and head south on TN-135.
  2. Follow TN-135 for a ways, until you see the sign indicating the turn for Burgess Falls. From there, its a short distance to the parking lot for the falls.
  3. The signs make the hike very simple to follow.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 10′
Length of Hike: 1.6 miles round-trip (to see all falls)

Falling Water Cascades in December 2009

Where in the World is Falling Water Cascades?

Burgess Falls, Tennessee

If you’re in the Cookeville region of Tennessee, you definitely need to visit Burgess Falls. It’s an extremely beautiful waterfall with a very interesting shape.

When you visit Burgess Falls State Park, you’ll see Burgess Falls, the largest of the falls, along with four other smaller falls on Falling Water River. There are also multiple tributary “waterfalls.” Visiting Burgess Falls is also surprisingly easy. You can most likely bring your children to the falls, though they need to exercise caution, as do adults. Everyone can view the falls from the overlook. If you want to view the falls from the base, though, this requires more effort and is probably not everyone. There were stairs making the hike down safer than I expected.

Directions:

  1. From I-40 near Cookeville, take the exit for TN-135 and head south on TN-135.
  2. Follow TN-135 for a ways, until you see the sign indicating the turn for Burgess Falls. From there, its a short distance to the parking lot for the falls.
  3. The signs make the hike very simple to follow.

Accessibility: 8/10 (easy/moderate)
Height: 136′
Length of Hike: 1.6 miles round-trip

Burgess Falls in December 2009

Where in the World is Burgess Falls?