Burgess Falls State Park
Burgess Falls State Park is a beautiful place to visit, and I'm excited to tell you about it!
The park is located in middle Tennessee, about 12 miles southwest of Cookeville. It's home to four waterfalls that cascade down over 250 feet in elevation through Missisippian, Devonian, and Ordovician rocks. The falls are surrounded by lush forests, abundant wildlife, and beautiful exposed geology in the form of riverscour and cliffs, making it a great place to go hiking, fishing, and camping. This is the kind of park that you can be comfortable bringing kids, or your grandma to.
The final waterfall, Burgess Falls (proper) is only accessible from below. One has to take a boat from Center Hill Lake to get to the base of Burgess Falls. If you don't have a boat or kayak, do not worry. Several outfitters run trips there throughout the year, and especially so in the summer.
In the late 19th century, a gristmill and sawmill were built on the Falling Water River, which runs through the park. The river was also used to generate hydroelectric power for the city of Cookeville from 1928 to 1944. In 1973, the territory was designated a Tennessee State Natural Area, protecting the diverse forest and aquatic habitats. The park is now managed by Tennessee State Parks, and it's open to the public year-round.
If you're looking for a beautiful and peaceful place to visit, I highly recommend Burgess Falls State Park. It's a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the natural beauty of Tennessee.
Here are some things you can do at Burgess Falls State Park:
• Hike the trails to the waterfalls.
• Go fishing in the Falling Water River.
• Camp in one of the park's campgrounds.
• Have a picnic at one of the park's picnic areas.
• Visit the park's visitor center to learn more about the park's history and natural resources.
I hope you enjoy your visit to Burgess Falls State Park!