Burgess Falls

Sparta, Tennessee

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This destination is more than just one waterfall, though 136-foot Burgess Falls is clearly the jewel in the “triple crown” that also includes roaring Middle Falls and cascading Upper Falls. A fine trail leads along the aptly named and voluminous Falling Water River, culminating in a drop to the misty base of Burgess Falls. An alternate return route makes a loop hike possible. Burgess Falls State Natural Area stakes claim to this parcel of the Falling Water River, where a scenic stretch of water drops over 250 feet, creating three major cataracts and a host of lesser cascades in less than a mile’s distance. Protected for over four decades, this natural area was one of the Volunteer State’s first designated and protected environmental havens.
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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

This destination is more than just one waterfall, though 136-foot Burgess Falls is clearly the jewel in the “triple crown” that also includes roaring Middle Falls and cascading Upper Falls. A fine trail leads along the aptly named and voluminous Falling Water River, culminating in a drop to the misty base of Burgess Falls. An alternate return route makes a loop hike possible.

Burgess Falls State Natural Area stakes claim to this parcel of the Falling Water River, where a scenic stretch of water drops over 250 feet, creating three major cataracts and a host of lesser cascades in less than a mile’s distance. Protected for over four decades, this natural area was one of the Volunteer State’s first designated and protected environmental havens.

© 2015 Johnny Molloy /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sparta
Distance: 1.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1-1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Burgess Falls State Park, 4000 Burgess Falls Dr., Sparta, TN 38583, (931) 432-5312, www.tnstateparks.com
Local Maps: Burgess Falls State Park; USGS Burgess Falls
Driving Directions: Directions to Burgess Falls

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