Burgess Falls State Park TN

 

 

Burgess Falls State Park TN

Is located just off Tennessee State Route 135 roughly halfway between Cookeville and Sparta in Putnam County and White County.  The park is open year-round, but is closed on days of high precipitation due to the Falling Water River’s volatility.

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Burgess Falls State Park TN

Burgess Falls State Park TN

Map of Area Burgess Falls State Park TN

 

 Burgess Falls  is a State Park Natural Area located on 350 acres taken care of by the Tennessee Department Environment and Conservation.

Falling Water River drops 250 feet in elevation in under 1 mile and flows into Center Hill Lake, Down stream from Burgess Falls.

Starting at the Old Burgess Falls Dam

1920’s threw 1944 a hydroelectric plant operated on the Falling Water River, the Dam was constructed in 1928 to 1929.

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Burgess Falls State Park TN has 16 open sites with tables / playground facilities/ grills/ toilet facilities and a picnic pavilion that can handle up to 80 people, The pavilion requires reservations. must contact park office.

Fishing is good year round at Burgess Falls State Park most common fish caught are brim,carp,small mouth bass, and large mouth bass.

The walking trails are very mild and fairly easy walking, the main trail is about 1.5 mile round trip and will take you past the four falling waterfalls on the Falling Water River. To where you will see a 20 foot drop small fall, Little Falls is 30 foot drop, Middle Falls is 80 foot drop, and Big falls which is Burgess Falls is a 136 foot drop. Spectacular site’s to see.

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Burgess Falls State Park Tn. offers year round interpretive programs for adults and children. And the Butterfly Garden Celebration on the 3rd saturday of each June.

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Burgess Falls State Park, located on the Falling Water River is noted for its natural beauty and four waterfalls that cascade down from over 250 feet in elevation. The last of these falls is the most spectacular, plunging more than 130 feet into the gorge. The area was originally populated by Native Americans of the Cherokee, Creek and Chickasaw tribes. These tribes used the land as a hunting ground until the late 19th century when a gristmill and sawmill began operating on the river.

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Waterfalls of Buggytop Cave

 

Waterfalls of Buggytop Cave

Known as the Lost Cave, located in Franklin County.

Waterfalls of Buggytop Cave

The lost cave is known as Buggytop Cave, located in Franklin County. Very close to the Alabama border by Sherwood and Sewanee, Tennessee.

Buggytop Cave is part of the Carter Natural Area which is part of the Cumberland State Park. There are three entrances :

  1. The Buggytop entrance is about 100 ft. wide and about 80 ft. high.
  2. The second entrance is much smaller and is located in a upper section of the cave area.
  3. The third is called Peter Cave. This section opens into a room called the Indian Room. In this room Archeological Artifacts from the 19th century have been discovered.

 

Waterfalls of Buggytop Cave

The Buggytop Natural Bridge  is a natural bridge and wow is it a sight to see ! The bridge is about 4 to 5 ft. wide and gets real narrow in spots and is about 145 ft. long. I be-leave it was created by the flow of the water from the natural spring.

The trail to Buggytop Cave is about 5 miles long with rough footing and steep descents, it is a very beautiful hike through the woods plus marked trails and a path that is covered by rock and tree roots. I would say you could classify it as moderate hike.

On your hike you will come across a old road called Old Crows Creek Road, which doesn’t allow traffic on it because of it’s very poor condition.

Waterfalls of Buggytop Cave                                                                                                                     The area where the cave is located looks like a giant sinkhole.

photo taken by Billy J Habben

Waterfalls of Buggytop Cave.

 

Waterfalls of Buggytop Cave                                                                                                                           Is a  very well traveled cave.

There is much freedom in this cave being able to adventure where ever you want is a plus when you like cave spelunking make’s for a very exciting adventure. water does flow through the caverns all you can here is the sound echoing off of the ceilings.

photo taken by Billy J Habben

Buggytop Cave

This is where you will crawl through low areas ,slide down inclines and and also scramble up banks, all the different rock formations you will see will make this adventure one you will never forget .

with complete  darkness and the sound of the cave creek and cave waterfalls, this is a trip you wont want to miss out on …..As Always Be Safe ….And Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Hikers Check List

 

 

Day Hikers Check List.

  • Small Flashlight.
  • Insect Repellent.
  • Rain Gear.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Day Pack.
  • Field Glasses.
  • Nature Guides.
  • Snacks.
  • Camera/Film.
  • Extra Socks.
  • Hat.
  • Sun Glasses.
  • Bandana.
  • Boots.
  • Water.
  • Water Bottle.

You want to make sure you are prepared before you head out on the trails for that day hike you are planning . Use the check list above for a guide to help you be prepared. Be safe and always be aware of your surroundings.

 

Rock Island State Park, Tennessee

 

 

Rock Island State Park, Tennessee

Rock Island State Park, Tennessee

Is located in Warren and White County, Tennessee  the State Park is named after the community of Rock Island, Tennessee. The park consists of 883 acres.

The Caney Fork absorbs the Collins and enters the Great Falls Gorge. Beyond the gorge, the river enters the upper extremes. Rock Island, the park’s namesake, is an island located in the Caney Fork.

 

The Bosson Mill, built around the time of the Civil War, was one of the first major mills to use the waterpower of the Great Falls Gorge.

photo taken by Billy J Habben

The Bosson Mill, built around the time of the Civil War.

 

Water from the falls was used to power a grist mill on the mill’s first floor and a carding factory on the second floor.

 

 

 

 

www.tnvacation.com   While natural attractions draw visitors from across the country to Rock Island, the area also has a rich history dating to prehistoric time. World-record fish caught in the “Blue Hole” keep fishermen coming year after year, and its true depth remains a mystery, with sunken rock pillars indicating the possibility of a collapsed underwater cave.

photo taken by Billy J Habben

Blue Hole.

 

 

tnstateparks.itinio.com   To check availability and reserve campsites at Rock Island State Park, select your desired arrival and departure dates, then click Next. You may reserve up to 5 sites per reservation.

 

Rock Island State Park, TN is a great place to go hiking, backpacking, camping,fishing, kayaking, whitewater kayaking,or just a picnic.

Come play in the waterfalls at Rock Island State Park, TN.

Rock Island State Park,  looks forward to welcoming you and hope that you enjoy your stay.

Fiery Gizzard Trail Grundy Forest TN

 

 

 

Fiery Gizzard Trail  Grundy Forest TN.

This trail is perhaps one of the most diverse and beautiful in the State of Tennessee .

The terrain in the gorge is steep and extremely rocky . The millions of rocks you must step on or across all seem to move as you step on them, making the footing very precarious . This is possibly one of the most rugged and difficult trails in Tennessee.

Fiery Gizzard Trail Grundy Forest TN is located on Monteagle TN and is part of the Cumberland State Recreation Area.

This 233 acre natural area was donated by a group of local citizens in Tracy City who acquired it by subscription in 1935 and the group asked that the tract become a state forest suitable for accommodating Civilian Conservation Corps Camp . A trail was built down to the Fruit Bowl , and a picnic shelter was constructed by 1937 . The area soon became one of the most popular scenic attractions of the region .

Remember –Safety comes first when planning a rewarding back country outing .

photo taken by Billy J Habben

Grundy Forest –Fiery Gizzard Trail.

 

Fiery Gizzard Trail is operated by the Tennessee Department Of Environment And Conservation . It is unique in that it is located almost totally on private lands. The land owners along the trail have been gracious in allowing the public to use their lands .

Obey trail regulations and enjoy your hike along The Fiery Gizzard TRAIL.

 

A monthly schedule of free public programs and guided hikes is provided by park staff and volunteers . A copy of the schedule can be obtained at the visitor center, any one interested in helping maintain the trail system or other volunteer activity with the park is encouraged to contact the park office.

The South Cumberland Recreation Area is a group of 10 separate park area managed as a single park . Totaling over 16,000 total acreage .

The park head quarters and visitor center is located on U.S.41 between Monteagle and Tracy City just 4 miles from Interstate 24.

 

Rutledge Falls Tullahoma , TN

 Rutledge Falls Tullahoma , TN

Rutledge Falls Tullahoma , TN

  • The  Waterfall  has a 40 foot drop.
  • Crumpton creek feeds the fall .

Rutledge Falls is located in Tullahoma ,Tennessee (Coffee County).

Rutledge Falls Rd.
Tullahoma TN, 3738

Map to Rutledge Falls

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Natural area for hiking, picnicking, swimming in ice-cold water. Privately-owned. Dawn – dusk. Free of charge.   www.tnvacation.com

Photo taken by Billy J Habben

Rutledge Falls Tullahoma TN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch You Tube video of Rutledge Falls …
 


From the parking area were you park your car to Rutledge Falls is very short , down to the bottom of the Falls is a mild climb down , you can follow crumton creek all the way to Lake Normandy through Farley easy hiking trails through the valley .

Photo taken by Billy J Habben

Midnight

“THE MYSTERIOUS STATUE AT RUTLEDGE FALLS- A PIECE OF HISTORY.DIRECT FROM THE STATE CAPITOL
I was three years old when my family moved to live in the house at Rutledge Falls in 1953.

Many years passed before I got more curious about the statue, and was able to learn more of its history. Perhaps it started when I saw and bought an issue of The Tennessee Historical Quarterly that concerned itself with the history of the capitol building. It included pictures of the capitol during the Civil War and the next ninety years or so, when the north and south ends of the building were accented by four huge freestanding gas lamp fixtures, with three identical life-sized statues being part of each, as gaslight standards. Those statues were named Morning, Noon and Night, according to the article, and were ordered in 1859 from a firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that designed and fabricated extraordinary ornamental ironwork. The same firm, Wood and Perot, also produced all the elaborate ironwork installed in the capitol’s library room, visible there today. I am told by staff at the Tennessee State Museum that the figure at Rutledge Falls is Night.

Well, at least this one surviving statue and piece of Tennessee history is now safe and situated and available for public viewing in a uniquely beautiful natural place. Ms. Night now has a grand view of the waterfall . 

By DR.Bobby Young

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Creek Falls State Park , Pikeville TN

 

 

Fall Creek Falls State Park is one of the largest parks  in Tennessee and offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Tennessee.

Fall Creek Falls State Park , Pikeville TN.  A paradise of more than 25,000 acres spread out across the western top of the Cumberland Plateau . Making Fall Creek Falls one of the most scenic and spectacular outdoor recreation areas in America.

At 256 feet Fall Creek Falls is the highest waterfall in the eastern United States. Southern Living Magazine readers voted Fall Creek Falls the best State Park in the Southeastern United States.

There are over 34 miles of hiking trails around the park , you can decide for a short or long hike, there are two long distance overnight trails for the more adventuresome hikers. Also there are 3-miles of paved bike trails and 15-miles of moderately difficult mountain bike trails .

The park has 229 campsites in five different areas , most sites are equipped with grills , tables, water, and electricity. Also there are 9 primitive walk in sites and 3 primitive camping areas on the overnight trails . One would have a hard time seeing the hole park in just one weekend.

Fall Creek Fall Video     —THIS VIDEO IS DURING DRY SEASON.

Fall Creek Falls Inn and Conference Center is situated on Fall Creek Lake and has 145 guestrooms with lake views , all rooms have full baths, and Cable TV . Also there is a outdoor heated pool, fitness room, and game room for the guests use. The park also has 20- two bedroom one bath cabins and 10- three bedroom , two bath villas each furnished to sleep up to 10 people.  Fall Creek Falls Restaurant located at the Inn and Conference Center seats 220 and serves southern style buffet daily. The Conference Center offers over 5000 square feet of meeting / banquet space in five conference rooms  which will accommodate up to 400 people .

You what to do some fishing …Well Fall Creek Falls Lake provides 345 acres of water and is the home of two state record catches. Channel catfish , bream , and large mouth bass are abundant. Fishing in the creeks is also allowed. A Tennessee license and park permit are required to fish.

FALL CREEK FALLS        THIS VIDEO  SHOWS FALL CREEK FALLS FLOWING VERY WELL.

Fall Creek Falls has a outstanding nature center with many attractive interpretive displays, Naturalists present daily programs during the summer. The park also offers group lodges,picnic pavilions and playgrounds , boat rentals, Olympic size swimming pool , Horse back riding, Amphitheatre , and also a Golf Course.

Fall Creek Falls State Park , Pikeville TN  is open year round don’t miss out on this Fantastic Family Vacation.

Directions from Nashville TN —–Take I-40 East to Cookeville , turn right onto 111 South (exit 288) . Park entrance is on the left on Highway 284  (about 45 miles) .

The park is open 24 hours with the road leading to the falls being locked at dark .

Fall Creek Falls State Park   2009 Village Camp Road , Pikeville, TN 37367 .

Photos taken by Billy J Habben

Fall Creek Falls Pikeville TN

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DUCK RIVER ..OLD STONE FORT PARK …

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Duck river is the longest river in the state of Tennessee at 284 miles long . One of the areas along duck river called Old Stone Fort State Park is loaded with waterfalls on one side of the park you have little Duck river and on the other side of the park you have duck […]

CANE CREEK FALLS CASCADES

  CANE CREEK CASCADES IS LOCATED IN FALL CREEK FALLS STATE PARK IN PIKEVILLE TENNESSEE. THIS 45 FT. DROP WATERFALL IS BEAUTIFUL AND IS WORTH THE VISIT .THERE IS SO MUCH TO SEE IN THIS PARK IT IS HARD TO SEE EVERYTHING IN A WEEKEND . THIS PARK FEATURES WELL MARKED HIKING TRAILS ,A NATURE […]

MACHINE FALLS SHORT SPRINGS STATE NATURAL AREA ..TULLAHOMA,TN

MACHINE FALLS   SHORT SPRINGS STATE NATURAL AREA  IS A 420 ACRE  STATE NATURAL AREA.. LOCATED IN TULLAHOMA,TN  OFF OF SHORT SPRINGS ROAD ..IS A VERY BEAUTIFUL PARK  …MANAGED BY THE TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY …. WHILE VISITING THIS PARK THERE IS NO OUTHOUSE OR ANY OTHER FACILITIES  AROUND   SO BE PREPARED ……..THE HIKING TRAILS ARE WELL […]

BUSBY FALLS SHORT SPRINGS NATURAL AREA –TULLAHOMA,TN

 

BUSBY FALLS   –SHORT SPRINGS NATURAL AREA   TULLAHOMA , TN

BOBO CREEK FEEDS BUSBY FALLS , THE WALK TO BUSBY FALLS CAN BE DEMANDING AT TIMES , BUT ALL IN ALL THE WALK IS NOT THAT BAD . THERE ARE 3 OTHER WATERFALLS IN THE SAME  PARK AS BUSBY FALLS , THE MAIN ONE IS MACHINE FALLS …IN MY EYES IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WATERFALL IN THE AREA ..WE WILL HAVE A UP COMING SITE ON MACHINE FALLS  SO BE WATCHING FOR IT ..

ALWAYS BE CAREFUL WHILE HIKING TO AND AT THE WATERFALLS THERE ARE MANY DANGERS THAT ARE NOT IN PLANE SITE ALWAYS BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS WHILE HIKING .. WHEN WALKING THE WATERFALLS  IT CAN BE VERY SLIPPERY IN SOME PLACES ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR FOOTING IS GOOD ……NEVER DRINK FROM THE WATERFALL / CREEK / OR RIVER UNLESS YOU ARE PREPARED TO BE SICK …IF YOU MUST DRINK ALWAYS BOIL THE WATER FIRST —THAT KILLS ANY HARMFUL STUFF THAT MIGHT BE IN THE WATER ….ALWAYS BRING BOTTLE WATER / OR WATER IN A CANTEEN  …YOUR BODY ALWAYS NEEDS WATER WHILE HIKING..

THERE ARE NO BATHROOMS IN THIS PARK SO BE PREPARED TO USE THE GREAT OUTDOORS …AND PLEASE BE THOUGHTFUL OF THE PARK YOU ARE VISITING DON’T LITTER OR DEFACE THE SURROUNDINGS SO OTHERS CAN ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL VIEWS …

LIKE I SAID EARLIER THERE ARE A TOTAL OF 4 WATERFALLS IN SHORT SPRINGS NATURAL AREA –TULLAHOMA TN — BUSBY FALLS IS THE EASIEST ONE TO GET TO DONT GET ME WRONG THE HIKE CAN STILL BE DEMANDING AT TIMES .. HOPE YOU ENJOY BUSBY FALLS  TULLAHOMA , TN .

BOARD TREE FALLS SAVAGE GULF STATE NATURAL AREA TN

BOARD TREE FALLS IS LOCATED IN THE GREETER FALLS SAVAGE GULF STATE NATURAL AREA,OUTSIDE OF THE TOWN OF BEERSHEBA SPRINGS , TN

BOARD TREE FALLS IS INCLUDED IN THE LOOP TRAIL FOR GREETER FALLS OR YOU COULD JUST TAKE THE TRAIL THAT LEADS TO BOARD TREE FALLS THIS TRAIL IS  FAIRLY EASY HIKE . ONCE YOUR AT THE FALLS  YOU HAVE EASY WALKING AROUND ONE SIDE OF THE WATERFALL ABOVE AND BELOW.

ONCE A AGAIN I BELIEVE THIS PARK IS A GREAT PLACE FOR HIKING AND BACKPACKING.. GREAT SWIMMING HOLES ALL ALONG THESE WATERFALLS , JUST BE CAREFUL DURING THE RAINY SEASON –FOR THE WATER LEVELS CAN RISE RATHER QUICKLY , THERE ARE NO BATHROOM SITE IN THIS PARK SO BE PREPARED TO USE THE GREAT OUTDOORS.

YOU MUST ALWAYS KEEP YOUR EYE’S WERE YOU WALK THERE ARE DANGERS WHILE TAKING HIKING TRIPS IN TENNESSEE —POISONOUS SNAKE’S / POISON IVY / DROP OFFS ALONG THE TRAIL SO ON AND SO ON …..ALWAYS KNOW YOUR SURROUNDINGS …… TAKE PLENTY OF DRINKING WATER ALONG  WHEN YOU GO ON ONE OF THESE HIKES —THAT’S A MUST …..

IF ANY ONE HAS ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT BOARD TREE FALLS OR ANY OTHER ONE OF OUR WATERFALL SITE’S FEEL FREE TO LEAVE A REPLY AND I WILL TRY TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION AS BEST AS POSSIBLE .. THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN FOR VISITING TENNESSEEWATERFALL.COM ……PLEASE COME BACK SOON. ….YOURS TRULY BILLY J HABBEN.

 

 

GREETER FALLS SAVAGE GULF STATE NATURAL AREA TN

GREETER FALLS LOCATED IN THE SAVAGE GULF STATE NATURAL AREA , NEAR THE TOWN OF BEERSHEBA,TN  , PART OF THE SOUTH CUMBERLAND STATE PARK .. CREETER FALLS IS A GOOD PLACE FOR HIKERS  AND BACKPACKERS , THE GREAT THING ABOUT GETTING DOWN TO THE LOWER LEVEL OF THE FALLS  IS THERE IS A SPIRAL STAIRCASE […]

LAUREL FALLS SOUTH CUMBERLAND STATE PARK —STONE DOOR TN

LAUREL FALLS ….LOCATED IN STONE DOOR STATE PARK , SOUTH CUMBERLAND MOUNTAINS , BEERSHEBA SPRINGS , TN

LAUREL FALLS IS A BEAUTIFUL WATERFALL LOCATED IN STONE DOOR STATE PARK, STONE DOOR STATE PARK IS VERY NICE WITH EASY WALKING TRAILS , RANGER STATION , BATHROOMS , AND TRAIL MAPS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SIGN IN STATION, THE PARK HAS CAMPING,BEAUTIFUL HIKING TRAILS , AND ROCK CLIMBING . YOU CAN EASILY SPEND THE HOLE WEEKEND THERE AND NOT GET BOARD –THAT IS IF YOU LOVE THE OUTDOORS. THE OVERLOOKS IN THIS PARK ARE BREATH TAKING ……A MUST SEE FOR ANYBODY .. I PERSONALLY HAVE BEEN TO THIS PARK OVER A DOZEN TIMES AND STILL CAN,T GET OVER THE VIEW FROM THE OVERLOOKS ….THEY ARE SPECTACULAR ……….

LAUREL FALLS IS A SHORT WALK FROM THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO THE PARK , WITH EASY WALKING TRAIL LEADING YOU RIGHT NEXT TO THE FALLS . BUT YOU MUST BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU STAY OFF THE TRAILS BECAUSE POISON IVY IS VERY PLENTIFUL IN THE WOODED AREA’S .

STONE DOOR STATE PARK IS A MUST VISIT FOR FAMILY’S ON VACATION . I GIVE THE PARK TWO THUMB’S UP ..ONE OF MY FAVORITES ….

GREAT PLACE FOR BACKPACKING ,HIKING ,OR JUST OUT FOR A WALK..

LAUREL FALLS / STONE DOOR STATE PARK IS ONLY A FEW MILES FROM GREEDER FALLS —WHICH THERE WILL BE A UP-COMING SITE ON GREEDER FALLS FANTASTIC WATER FALL……. THANK YOU FOR VISITING —WWW.TENNESSEEWATERFALL.COM  — COME BACK SOON FOR MORE WATERFALLS OF TENNESSEE …………….