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A wealth of natural attractions await you in Tennessee and there are few things as thrilling and picturesque as a waterfall. Most waterfalls in Tennessee are in State Parks, so they’re free to visit, but there are also some special options that are worth every penny. Here at Culture Trip, we have chosen our favourite falls to visit in Tennessee.
Found in the eponymous 282-acre State Park near Cookeville, this is Tennessee’s eighth largest waterfall and stands at 75 metres high. It’s best seen from above, as the base is only accessible when the weather permits. It’s also important to note that the falls are found at the end of a strenuous hike: you may have to swim through water and sometimes climb across slippery rocks, but the reward is the view when you get there.
Bald River Falls is a popular 100-foot high waterfall, renowned for its spectacular cascade into the Tellico River. The best spot to admire them safely is from the bridge on Forest Service road 210. The fast-flowing white waters to the backdrop of woodland is a popular delight, especially in Autumn when the colours of the leaves contrast wonderfully. If you are lucky enough to see the falls frozen in winter or just after a very heavy rainfall you will see them in all their splendour. A very accessible choice.
Fall Creek Falls is a 256-foot-high free-fall waterfall set within its own State Park. The most visited in Tennessee. From the carpark, you only have to walk a short journey to the overlook. From there it is also possible to take a short-but-steep descent to the base of the falls where the view is even more impressive, but be careful as the rocks can get quite slick. This is a truly magnificent waterfall and a Tennessee highlight.