Burgess Falls State Park,
(5/30/2006, 30 mm, f/25, 1/4 sec, ISO 100)
This waterfall (really a cascade) is located in the lovely
Burgess Falls State Park. The park contains 4 separate waterfalls all
within one mile of the parking area - Falling Water Cascades (20'), Little Falls
(30'), Middle Falls (80'), and the namesake
Burgess Falls (136').
So really you don't come here to see the first two waterfalls. It's a freebie in
the waterfall world.
From the trail the waterfall is somewhat obscured by trees. I didn't
have time to explore but there may be a better viewpoint near the edge of the
The waterfall is on an honest-to-goodness river so all of the falls are
fairly impressive at least in volume and breadth if not in height.
Burgess Falls State Park is located in middle Tennessee near the city of
Cookeville. Directions can be obtained from the
state park website
or you can get
personalized directions from Mapquest.
Little Falls is located only a few hundred feet down the trail to Burgess
Falls. You can still see the remnants of an old swinging bridge just below
I had high contrast conditions when I was there since it was midday and
sunny, not exactly ideal photography conditions. I took the picture above
from the overlook. There may be a better view if you bushwhack down to the
riverside but you go at your own risk.
As with any of the waterfalls in Burgess Falls State Park the river is very
broad and open so sun is a constant problem except very early or late.
You will also want to use a
cut down on reflections.
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