Saturday, May 14, 2011

Burgess Falls, TN

Burgess Falls

From I-40, take exit number 286. Off the ramp take State Highway 135 South. Proceed on Hwy 135 for 7 miles and follow the signs to the park. The hike is 1.5 to 2 miles round trip.

We pulled into the parking lot of Burgess Falls State Park late afternoon.  The place was packed despite the rainy weather.  With such beautiful waterfalls and a really short and easy hike this place is very popular.  The park contains 3 waterfalls along the trail and a small cascade beside the parking lot.

Seeing pictures of Burgess Falls was one of the main reasons I wanted to go to Tennessee.  It is such an interesting looking waterfall.  You have water dropping down the rock at many different heights and directions all rolled into one huge fall over the edge.  It is one of the coolest waterfalls I have ever seen.

The hike is about 3/4 miles long and mostly level the whole way.  Little Falls and Middle Falls are both impressive and kind of like miniature Burgess Falls. These 30 ft. and 85 ft. falls wet your appetite before you come to the beautiful 135 ft. Burgess Falls.

At the Burgess Falls overlook a short trail runs down to the top of the falls and to the base.  You can walk down and get right up to the falls but you will definitely get soaked from the spray.  It was so bad that day I had a fun time trying to get some shots off while keeping the lens dry.  And I was standing as far away from the falls as I could get.  I'm sure on nice and warm days this place is packed with swimmers.

Most of my pictures came out messed up due to the strong wind, rain, and spray but here are a few I got that I was pretty happy with:

Little Falls

Middle Falls

Burgess Falls

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