5 Tennessee Waterfalls Worth the Hike

5 Tennessee Waterfalls Worth the Hike

Escape the hustle for waterfall heights Made in Tennessee.

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Take a break from the dog days of the summer hustle. Pack some water and snacks and get in nature. Marvel at natural wonders, cascading water from the highest of heights. Feel the cooling mist as the water pounds into deep pools. It's time to go chase these Tennessee waterfalls.


The 1.5 mile round trip hike to Burgess Falls is classified as moderately strenuous. The work is worth it, though, to experience the magnificent natural wonder in Sparta. Come face to face with cascades of 20 feet, 30-foot upper falls, 80-foot middle falls and 136-foot lower falls in height. Hikers can make the strenuous climb down to the main falls; but, most hike back to the parking lot along the service road.

Courtesy of South Cumberland State Park

Courtesy of South Cumberland State Park

Greeter Falls is located within South Cumberland State Park in Palmer. The natural area is one of Tennessee's most scenic wilderness areas and Greeter Falls contributes with its 15-foot upper ledge that flows over a 50-foot lower ledge in a plunge pool. With more than 50 miles of hiking trails, bring a picnic and enjoy the views.

Bald River Falls

The 90-foot Bald River Falls makes its roaring home in the Cherokee National Forest in Tellico Plains. Photographic opportunities are endless and it is hailed as one of the greatest waterfalls in the region. Visitors can either view the natural wonder from their vehicles or stretch their legs to hike above the falls along the Bald River Gorge.

Courtesy of Rock Island State Park

Courtesy of Rock Island State Park

The Great Falls is a cascading 30-foot horseshoe within the 883-acre Rock Island State Park. Professional freestyle kayakers from around the world try to tame the whitewater under their paddles. Hiking and scenic overlooks can easily fill any summer afternoon.

Fall Creek Falls

We couldn't write a waterfall hike post without mentioning Fall Creek Falls in Spencer which is one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States at 256 feet. The waterfalls are located in the state park of the same name, Tennessee's largest and most visited state park with 26,000 acres. Scenic overlooks and a beautiful gorge welcome visitors. More than 60 waterfalls are within a 40-mile radius of the Fall Creek Falls Inn.

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