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Tennessee
Cumberland Plateau Region
Burgess Falls State Natural Area
BURGESS FALLS STATE NATURAL AREA
BURGESS FALLS STATE NATURAL AREA
4000 Burgess Falls Drive
Sparta , Tennessee   38583

Phone: 931-432-5312
Burgess Falls State Natural Area
'Summer Mist'
© Kens Portraitures

the Large Falls

Burgess Falls State Natural Area
'Wild fern'
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Along the Trail

Burgess Falls State Natural Area
'Blue Stream'
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My first Walk

Burgess Falls State Natural Area
'Middle Falls'
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Middle Falls of Burgess Falls

Burgess Falls State Natural Area
'Along the Creek Bed'
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Summer of 2007, Very Dry

Burgess Falls State Natural Area
'Slow Mist'
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The Large Falls

Burgess Falls State Natural Area
'Burgess Falls'
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Burgess Falls State Natural Area
'Burgess Middle Falls'
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Burgess Falls State Natural Area, located in Middle Tennessee, lies on the eastern edge of Tennessee's Highland Rim adjacent to the Cumberland Plateau. This is characterized by sheer bluffs, narrow ridges, rolling water and abundant mixed forest. The Falling Water River runs through the area, providing breathtaking scenery and numerous waterfalls.
Nature of the Area
Burgess Falls Natural Area is a sanctuary. All areas, features, including plants and animals (living and deceased), rocks, minerals, and artifacts are protected by state law. Violators are subject to prosecution. Fires are allowed only in grills. Trails are moderately rugged. Stay on the trails and watch your step. Help us keep the park neat and natural.
Boating
Boats are not allowed below the dam and fishing boats are allowed only in the shallow lake above the dam. Due to heavy silting, this is not a desireable lake for boating. Trolling motors are the only type of motor allowed on boats.

There is no boat ramp at Burgess Falls.


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Picnicking
Burgess Falls Natural Area offers picnicking below the dam with a scenic view of the river.

The park has 24 picnic tables, twelve of which are equipped with grills. Picnic tables are not covered and are available on a first come, first serve basis.

A larger, covered picnic shelter is also available and can be reserved up to a year in advance. The shelter is equipped with tables, grills and restrooms. It is ideal for supervised groups such as reunions and church groups.

Shelters can be reserved for a half day (either 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.) or all day 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Shelters may be reserved between April - October.
Trails
The primary trail is River Trail - ? mile long - non loop. This trail passes three waterfalls. It starts at the picnic area and ends at a platform overlooking the Big Falls.

Trails are moderate in difficulty. All are non-loop, foot trails (bikes, horses, etc., not permitted).

Children should always be accompanied by an adult.

Hikers should always stay on trails.

Combined total length of parks trail is approximately 1 ? miles.
Nature Programs
Throughout the year, the park manager conducts the interpretive programming. The park also conducts park programs to groups upon request within the community (primarily within 25 miles)
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 9 AWESOME FALLS AND PARK RANGERS! by Sandy Windrow
This is the most awesome falls and the park rangers and staff make the visits even more enjoyable!! Everyone should stop and get to them!!
August 21 Best waterfalls ! by ~Wisconsinite
On our trip from Wisconsin to the Smoky Mtns, we took this side trip and LOVED it. Looking back now, it was more spectacular than the Smoky Mtns!
June 8 by bhunt
Beautiful water falls.
June 7 spectacular falls by Brian Salters
May 11 The park shows GODS GREATNESS by Trisha


Area Fishing Related Businesses

Eddie's Bait & Tackle
7115 Sparta Hwy
Sparta, TN
(931) 761-2248


Stan Sloan's Zorro Baits
765 Liberty Rd
Sparta, TN
(931) 761-2295


Twin Lakes Catfish Farm
580 Gainesboro Hwy
Baxter, TN
(931) 858-2333


Caney Fork Outdoors
1189 Wolf Creek Rd
Silver Point, TN
(931) 858-5222


Area Cabins and Lodges
Alpine Lodge & Suites
2021 Hwy 70 E
Cookeville, TN
(931) 526-3333


Hurrican Dock Resort
1175 Floating Mill Rd
Baxter, TN
(931) 858-2221


Howard Johnson Lodge
2021 Hwy 70 E
Cookeville, TN
(931) 526-3333


Hurricane Dock Resort
864 Floating Mill Ln
Silver Point, TN
(931) 858-2221


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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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