Waterfalls & Grottos
From the quiet trickle of a mountain stream to the low roar of sparkling cascades, Tennessee is painted with picturesque waterfalls. Discover your favorite.
From the more popular, easily accessible falls, to the remote, impressive cataracts that reward a strenuous hike, visitors cannot help but fall in love with Tennessee's plethora of picturesque waterfalls and grottos.
Visit Fall Creek Falls, the largest waterfall east of the Mississippi, or hike into the Smokies and feel the mist of beautiful Abrams Falls. Watch water pour over rock outcroppings at the impressive Ramsey Cascades, or visit Cane Creek Falls and see water plummet more than 125 feet into Cane Creek Gorge.
Visit some of the better-known falls, or set out to discover some of the lesser known. Either way, it will be a trip well worthy of a camera.
Although Abrams Falls is only 20 feet high, the large volume of water rushing over falls more than makes up for its lack of height. The long, deep pool at its base is very picturesque. ...more
Burgess Falls State Park
Burgess Falls, one of the first Natural Areas, is on Tennessee’s Eastern Highland Rim and is noted for its scenic splendor. Sheer bluffs, narrow ridges, rolling water and abundant mixed forest, characterize this area. ...more
Cane Creek Falls
Cane Creek Falls is the largest by volume of the many waterfalls in Fall Creek Falls State Park. The falls is easily seen from a pair of overlooks, but the best reviews require an exciting descent down the cable trail. ...more
Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge
Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge lies in the Lower Mississippi River floodplain along the Chickasaw Bluff in western Tennessee. Chickasaw NWR currently encompasses 25,006 acres and includes the largest block of bottomland hardwood forest in Tennessee. ...more
A wonderful river to fly fish, bring a stealthy approach, delicate presentation and small flies to the Clinch River, one of America’s premier trout streams. The Clinch tailwaters flow 13 miles from Norris Dam, at River Mile 80, to Highway 61 Bridge in Clinton, Tennessee, at River Mile 67 and can be accessed at several locations. ...more
Colditz Cove State Natural Area
Colditz Cove is one of Tennessee's newest natural areas. It is characterized by high bluffs, rugged gorges, lush rhododendron, large trees and a beautiful waterfall. ...more
Fall Creek Falls State Park
A paradise of more than 20,000 acres sprawled across the eastern top of the rugged Cumberland Plateau, Fall Creek Falls State Park is one of the most scenic and spectacular outdoor recreation areas in America. Laced with cascades, gorges, waterfalls, streams and lush stands of virgin hardwood timber, the park beckons those who enjoy nature at her finest. ...more
Falls Mill & Country Store
Nestled in a lush green cove along the banks of beautiful Factory Creek stands historic Falls Mill. Built in 1873 as a cotton and woolen factory, the mill was later converted for use as a cotton gin, then as a woodworking shop. ...more
Foster Falls Small Wild Area
Enjoy one of the most scenic, wild areas in Tennessee with a visit to the Foster Falls Small Wild Area. Operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority and located near Tracy City, Tennessee, this recreation area provides a safe and beautiful base for exploring the south end of the Cumberland Plateau. ...more