River and Ridge Combination Trail at Burgess Falls State Park

Sparta, Tennessee

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This very accessible area also has surprisingly beautiful waterfalls and cascades. The moderate-to-strenuous hike rambles along the Falling Water River as it falls deeper and deeper over cascades and waterfalls. This short trail has a lot of scenery packed into a short distance. A dam and lake are still there from days when a power plant was here. You will also see the remains of pipeline that moved water from the lake to the turbines used to generate electricity. This area is very popular, so you might want to schedule your trip during a weekday, especially in the morning, to avoid having trouble finding a parking spot, and to miss the crowds.
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by Kelley Roark and Stuart Carroll (Falcon Guides)

This very accessible area also has surprisingly beautiful waterfalls and cascades. The moderate-to-strenuous hike rambles along the Falling Water River as it falls deeper and deeper over cascades and waterfalls. This short trail has a lot of scenery packed into a short distance.

A dam and lake are still there from days when a power plant was here. You will also see the remains of pipeline that moved water from the lake to the turbines used to generate electricity. This area is very popular, so you might want to schedule your trip during a weekday, especially in the morning, to avoid having trouble finding a parking spot, and to miss the crowds.

© 2016 Kelley Roark and Stuart Carroll/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sparta
Distance: 1.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Burgess Falls State Park, 4000 Burgess Falls Dr., Sparta, TN 38583; (931) 432-5312
Local Maps: 7.5' quad: Burgess Falls
Driving Directions: Directions to River and Ridge Combination Trail at Burgess Falls State Park

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