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Burgess Falls State Natural Area

Burgess Falls State Park is located between Cookeville and Sparta in middle Tennessee. Park activities include day hiking trails, fishing and a play area with swings and slides.

There are 24 first come first serve tables, 12 that have grills. There is also a large covered picnic shelter that can be reserved up to a year in advance by calling (931)432-5312. 

Burgess Falls State ParkThe hiking trail is about 3/4 of a mile long a runs along the top of a natural cliff line,  so children should be supervised closely.

The hiking trail parallels Falling Water river and passes above three waterfalls, the largest,  Burgess Falls is about 130 feet.

Burgess Falls is the last waterfalls along the trail. If you are not capable of walking the hiking trail there is also a gravel maintenance road that is pretty level and leads to the Burgess Falls waterfall overlook.

There is also a short trail and a metal stair system that leads to the bottom of Burgess Falls. This portion of the hike is not suitable for young children and all kids should be supervised closely as many accidents have occurred on the rocks and stairs around the waterfalls.

Burgess FallsWaterfall Stats
Height: 130 feet
Lat: N362'38"
Lon: W8535'54" 

There is fishing in Burgess Falls lake. There is no boat ramp but I have put in canoes and kayaks there. There is also fishing at the base of Burgess Falls in Center Hill Lake. Standard state fishing license required. 

You can also Kayak or canoe to the bottom of Burgess Falls from Center Hill Lake. You can also take boats to the bottom of the falls when water levels allow.


Directions: From I-40, take Exit 286. Turn South off the 286 ramp onto State Highway 135. Proceed on Hwy 135 for 7 miles following the signs to the park.
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