2020-12-03 – Road Trip to Burgess Falls State Park

Dateline: December 3, 2020

Jim Pierson and I did a Road Trip to Burgess Falls State Park located on the Falling Water River near Sparta, Tennessee.

“This day-use park 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. The Falling Water River was used to generate hydroelectric power for the city of Cookeville from 1928-1944. In 1973, the territory became a designated Tennessee State Natural Area, protecting the diverse forest and aquatic habitats.”  (credit: Tennessee State Parks)

We got there a few moments before the gates were opened, and we were first in line when the Lady Ranger unlocked the gates.  There were a couple of cars behind us that came in at the same time and we all social distanced our cars.

We got our gear out of the car and headed down the trail to the upper falls that is accessible by foot.  We worked the scene fairly well and then decided to go to the big falls at the end o the trail.  We took the roadway to the big falls and then worked our way back on the trail.

We stopped at several different locations that the upper falls were visible and took a few shots of each.  At least with most of the foliage gone from the trees we were able to get a better shot of two of the upper falls that are not accessible on foot.↓

↓ Below is my Gallery of the images of Burgess Falls ↓

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