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Burgess Falls State Park, 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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  • First time went to Burgess Falls State Park, the waterfalls and trails are beautiful especially the Burgess Falls! We went there the day after a raining day so the water volume was big which made the ...  more »
  • We stopped here while passing through town and we are so glad we did! It was a wonderful sight! My ten year old had no problem with the hike to see the falls. I wouldn't recommend this for anybody tha...  more »
  • This is a must-see when in this area bring your cameras and hike for about 2 miles of waterfalls great pictures great seeing them beware must bring sneakers no sandals all you will regret it this was ...  more »
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  • Visit here after a rain showers to see the most incredible show God created this side of the Smokey's. Great place for a picnic. Bring a camera!😮
  • Fun side trip! The walk was not as strenuous as the sign stated. There was an easy path back as well along the top of the falls/driveway.
  • Beautiful water falls bit of a walk. If you walk the gravel road at the end of the parking lot you can walk the road to the big falls. The two smaller are along a hiking trail that's pretty exhausting.
  • It was a nice break from driving. We did a little over 600 miles driving, so it was good to move around some and enjoy the scenery! Nothing beats a little bit of Mother Nature -and the weather was just perfect!
  • So glad we made the 3.5 hr trip. It was definitely worth it. We were not sure what to expect from a free state park, but this place is awesome and a hidden treasure. The views of the falls are incredible and would highly suggest you seeing for yourself, pictures don't justify being there.

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