It’s been a hectic past couple of months with a move to Cookeville, TN from Nashville. Cookeville is a pretty little town conveniently located to Knoxville, Nashville, and Chattanooga with a population of 23,923 according to the 2000 census. I’m quite taken by its natural beauty and small-town friendly atmosphere. This past weekend was the first chance my boyfriend and I had to get out and go exploring a bit, so we decided to head out to Burgess Falls State Park located 11.2 miles south of Cookeville. Hiking is one of my favorite outdoor activities, and I could not have been more pleased with this park’s 1.5 mile (round trip) main hiking trail. This hiking trail parallels the Falling Water River as it drops approximately 250 feet over 4 breathtaking waterfalls.
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The Falling Water River Cascades (20ft)
The Upper Falls (30ft)
The Middle Falls (80ft)
The Lower Falls (136ft)
If anyone is in the Middle Tennessee area and is looking for an awesome day-trip, I would definitely recommend a visit to Burgess Falls State Park to take in the awe-inspiring natural beauty of this river. Note that the trails are considered moderate in difficulty and bikes, horses, etc. are not permitted. For more information visit:
Park Hours of Operation:
8:00 a.m. until 30 minutes before sundown when gates are closed.
Park is closed when the river is high or when there is snow on the roads and/or trails.
Added Friday, June 25, 2010: This is a video I put together of some short clips I took while at the park. Music: The Water Is Wide, by David Modica http://magnatune.com/artists/albums/modica-water/