Burgess Falls: First Falls

There were three waterfalls at Burgess Falls State Natural Area: First Falls, Middle Falls, and Big Falls.


Location: Putnam County, Tennessee

Water Source: Falling Water River

Drop: 20-40 feet

Flow: Year

Directions: Take I-40 east from Nashville or west from Knoxville toward Cookeville. A few miles southwest of Cookeville take Rt. 135 south from I-40 for about 8-9 miles. Follow the signs to Burgess Falls SNA.

Comments: I visited Burgess Falls State Natural Area 22 January 2007. The hike from the parking area along the River Trail is about 100 feet to First Falls, .5 miles to Middle Falls, and .75 miles to the overlook above Big Falls.

The first two photos above are of the initial falls you come to from the parking area that are a drop of about 20 feet. Just downriver is the remnant of the Flume bridge, shown in the third photo. Just downriver from that is another waterfall that is about a 40 foot drop, shown in the first photo in the second row above.

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