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Burgess Falls, Sparta
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Burgess Falls State Park is a state park and state natural area in Putnam County and White County, Tennessee, located in the southeastern United States. The park is situated around a steep gorge in which the Falling Water River drops 250ft in elevation in less than a mile, culminating in a 136ft cataract waterfall.The Burgess Falls State Natural Area, which covers 350acre, is managed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.GeographyThe Falling Water River rises near the base of the Cumberland Plateau in eastern Putnam County and winds its way across the Highland Rim to its mouth along the Center Hill Lake impoundment of the Caney Fork, which is located in an area where the Highland Rim drops off into the Central Basin. The Burgess Falls State Natural Area comprises the section of the river just above its mouth, where the river drops from roughly 900ft atop the Highland Rim to just over 600ft at Center Hill Lake.Over time, the Falling Water River's rapids have cut a deep gorge just above its mouth. The river drops to the Central Basin in a series of cascades and waterfalls, each gaining in size and intensity as the river approaches Center Hill Lake. At the Falling Water Cascades, located just downstream from the old Burgess Falls Dam, the river gradually spills over a 10ft embankment of rocks. Almost immediately downstream from the Cascades, the river drops another 30ft at Little Falls. Beyond Little Falls, where the river briefly bends to the north, is an 80ft cascade known as Middle Falls. Downstream from Middle Falls, where the river bends westward again, is the 136ft Burgess Falls. The distance between Falling Water Cascades and Burgess Falls is less than a mile. Burgess Falls spills into a large limestone gorge enclosed by sheer walls 100– high. The Falling Water River enters Center Hill Lake downstream from Burgess Falls.
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  • We enjoyed the ~2 mile hike to the falls where you can see the water "jump" into the lower tier. It is a beautiful gorge where you see water at work. Great place to hike. 
  • this is a beautiful peaceful spot. the one trail is harder to walk than the other. you can go to the base of the falls if your healthy... we did not go down but from above it looked like little ants a...  more »
  • In need of some repairs, but it is a rather easy and short hike and there are great photo opportunites. Short drive off of I-40 and not crowded. Once you reach the top lookout( that has a chain blocki...  more »