We hear it all the time from out-of-towner guests and friends: Tennessee is a beautiful state. The rolling hills and natural areas are so amazing to explore. Did you know, though, that Tennessee is home to hundreds of waterfalls? If you’re in the market for some inspiration and activity courtesy of Mother Nature, pack some snacks and your sunscreen, and take a jaunt or two before summer’s over to check out some of these beautiful waterfalls found throughout Middle Tennessee.
So let's take a little trip courtesy of our friends at StyleBlueprint.....
Location: 4000 Burgess Falls Dr., Sparta
Drive time from Nashville: 1 hour, 35 minutes
If you’re looking for a full day trip, Burgess Falls has a slew of summer activities: biking, boating, hiking, fishing, camping, swimming and even horseback riding. In Burgess State Park, there are actually four waterfalls, the lowest of which is, by far, the most breathtaking. As you make your way down to the falls, there are stunning, flower-filled landscapes, and taking kids and pets is doable, since the paths are clear with guard rails for support most of the way … fun for the whole family!
Location: 1081 Cummins Mill Road, Cookeville
Drive time from Nashville: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Located in Jackson County, Cummins Falls is one of Tennessee’s most popular waterfalls. The hiking is perfect if you’re ready for a bit of a challenge, so make sure you’re wearing shoes that can get wet and dirty. Most of the hike is wading through water, which only makes the reward of getting there even better! Seeing the water splash over the rocky ledges will make you want to jump right in the swimming hole as soon as you get there. Embrace your daring side by jumping off the tiers of rocks into the water. Or for the not-as-adventurous folks, looking at the greenery and streaming water surrounding you is idyllic and just as satisfying.
FALL CREEK FALLS
Location: 10821 Park Road, Spencer
Drive time from Nashville: 2 hours
If you’re in the mood to kick back and relax while taking in a great view, Fall Creek Falls is the place to do it! Although it’s not a waterfall you jump in to enjoy, the colossal, 256-foot plunge is absolutely amazing. In fact, it’s the highest waterfall in the eastern United States. Both the base view and overlook are astonishing. Walk a little farther onto the park’s swinging bridge for another adventure that will leave you feeling like a true explorer.
CANE CREEK FALLS
Location: 2009 Village Camp Road, Pikeville
Drive time from Nashville: 2 hours
Talk about a gift from Mother Nature! Cane Creek Falls will blow you away. The best view you can get is from the bottom. Looking at the huge swimming hole and volume of water flowing down the rocks will leave you awestruck. Yes, the waterfall itself is impressive, but the swimming hole is what makes it so fun on a summer day. It’s big enough to swim, jump or dive into. The mist from the rushing falls and sunlight streaming through the trees on a clear day creates a mystical setting, and the sound is downright tranquil.
Location: 498 Foster Road, Sequatchie
Drive time from Nashville: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Embrace your inner explorer and visit Foster Falls. Whether you’re looking to stay the night at one of the many different campsites or just see this beautiful waterfall perched in the woods, you won’t regret your trip. The hike is short and challenging, but the view from the bottom is simply spectacular. Foster Falls is great for a thrill or swimming around with plenty of rocks for cliff jumping. It’s also a prime rock climbing destination. When your day of fun in the sun comes to a close, pitch a tent at a campsite and cook up some food on one of the grills
Location: 82 Beach Road, Rock Island
Drive time from Nashville: 1 hour, 20 minutes
You’ve gotta make a trip to Twin Falls this summer. Pack a towel and lunch, because you’ll want to stay for a full day of swimming, kayaking and hiking. While most waterfalls flow over rocks, Twin Falls flows out of rocks. The water rushes from the crevices at a whopping height of 80 feet in two places, hence the name ‘Twin” Falls.
Location: 24 Office Dr. S., Crossville
Drive time from Nashville: 1 hour, 50 minutes
Taking a drive to Ozone Falls is the perfect weekend escape. It’s found on a huge plot of natural area in Cumberland County and falls over a 100-foot drop. The hike to the bottom is steep and rugged, but easy to get to. At the base is a beautiful pool of aqua water surrounded by massive boulders, perfect for cooling off on a hot day! What makes it so extraordinary is the mist that the waterfall creates in the dome shape seclusion of rocks, which creates pristine air quality. [Fun fact: Disney’s The Jungle Book was filmed at this waterfall!]
Location: 435 Greeter Falls Road, Lower Falls Trail, Altamont
Drive time from Nashville: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Greeter Falls is a great pick for those in search of a short and safe journey. Not to mention, the scenery is stunning from start to finish. A lot of trails surround the falls, making the hiking distances optional. What’s known as the Blue Hole is the charming swimming hole that’s perfectly deep enough to jump into!
Burgess Falls: Image courtesy of Chandler Morel
Cummins Falls: Image courtesy of Flickr
Falls Creek Falls: Image courtesy of Wikipedia
Cane Creek Falls: Image courtesy of Pinterest
Foster Falls: Image courtesy of Spelunkologist
Twin Falls: Image courtesy of Pinterest
Ozine Falls: Image courtesy of Fine Arts
Greeter Falls: Image courtesy of Haynes Young