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.Plan to see Burgess Falls State Park and other attractions that appeal to you using our Sparta day trip website .
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This was a highlight of my trip but they really need to do something about the path to the falls. I have a bad heart and some other physical difficulties and I have to say the walk was miserable. Once... more »
Burgess Falls State park is a nice place to visit. We took a trip here on a nice Fall day. It actually wasn't as busy as I expected. The trail was a little rough but not to bad. In some areas, there a... more »
We have been there two times, the big fall is amazing! The middle falls and lower falls are very much beautiful as well, don't miss the chance to see all the falls. But I was little sad that the park ... more »
Such a gorgeous state park! But the terrain is rough and not for the disabled or faint of heart & should be extremely careful when taking young ones there. It was so incredibly difficult to get my grandson's jogging stroller through. Often it was carried over my son-in-law's head while someone else held the baby. But my father has been going to these falls since he was a child, & now he's disabled & on hospice. It meant so much that my son and son-in-law were able to fireman carry him down to see the top falls. The ladder to get to the base of the falls is broken. Hoping it will be fixed soon.
An amazing, must-see natural gem! The trail itself is not very long (less than a mile), but be advised that it may not be suitable for anyone with mobility issues due to the tough terrain and steep climbs. But if you are up for it, you are rewarded with fantastic views of not just one, but THREE amazing waterfalls, each larger and more incredible than the previous. The overlook for the second falls was closed due to damage. The third falls have another short but very intense hike to get you right to the edge of the falls (not for those with fear of heights!). Best enjoyed on a bright, sunny day. Comfortable shoes with good traction on we surfaces are recommended. Also know that there is virtually no cell phone reception in the area, even for emergency calls.
Awesome little park. The hike is easy/moderate with a strenuous section down to the base of the falls (not required to see the falls). The trail to the base is currently closed due to flooding damage. Be sure to check the website to see when it opens if that important to you. Otherwise It is still a great place. You get to see three waterfalls in about the span of .5 miles. The parking area has a playground for the kids as well as a few educational displays and a picnic area. I highly recommend this pain if you're in the area. It's by far my favorite waterfall.
Came here for the New Year Day’s hike. We had a great time hiking with Ranger Lee and Ranger Jonathon. Learned a lot about the history and plant life in the park. Will definitely be coming back!
Really beautiful place to visit. All it costs is gas money to get there. Great place to make incredible memories of nature!
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