The Best Waterfalls in The Upper Cumberland

The Upper Cumberland Area has more than 150 waterfalls. It has one of the highest concentrations of waterfalls in the United States. Cookeville, a town within The Upper Cumberland, happens to be an abundant source of waterfalls, with the majority being within a 40 mile radius of the town. A lot of which are ranked as Tennessee’s prettiest waterfalls! Tennessee is usually associated with country music, but its ample amount of waterfalls has built its reputation as one of the most beautiful states! 

Cummins Falls State Park

390 Cummins Falls Ln, Cookeville, TN

Cummins Falls was named one of the 10 best swimming holes in America by Travel and Leisure Magazine. This state park is one you have to see. The waterfall is 75’ high, and is the 8th largest waterfall in Tennessee. 

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Burgess Falls State Park:

4000 Burgess Falls Dr, Sparta, TN 38583

Burgess Falls is located on the Falling River and is known for its natural beauty and 4 waterfalls. The last waterfall is the most spectacular in the 217-acre natural area, where the river plunges more than 130 feet into the gorge. You can kayak, boat, or hike to the bottom of the waterfall or hike to the very top. 

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Window Cliffs 

8400 Old Cane Creek Rd, Baxter, TN 38544

If you don’t mind crossing 18 creeks and aren’t afraid of heights, this waterfall is bucket list material. It’s a strenuous 5.3 mile hike with tall bluffs that give it its name Window Cliffs. The waterfall is a sight to see in itself and the trail to the top of the bluff goes right across the top of it. 

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Rock Island State Park

82 Beach Road, Rock Island, TN

Rock Island is a massive State Park that is home to the Great Falls, a 30-foot cascading waterfall located below the 19th-century cotton textile mill that it powered over a 100 years ago! The park is 870-acres across and is located on Center Hill Lake, near the Caney Fork River. 

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Fall Creek Falls State Park

2009 Village Camp Rd, Spencer, TN 38585

Fall Creek Falls is one of Tennessee’s largest and most visited state parks! It’s the biggest state park and waterfall on our list so far, spanning over 29,800 acres. The waterfall is 256 feet high, and one of the highest in the Eastern United States.

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