Burgess Falls State Park,
(5/30/2006, 33 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec, ISO 100)
This waterfall is located in
Burgess Falls State Park along with 3 other waterfalls all
within one mile of the parking area -
Falling Water Cascades (20'),
(30'), and the namesake Burgess Falls (136').
The magnitude of this waterfall is not properly captured by the photo,
probably due to the width of the river. This waterfall appears much
smaller than it really is. Middle Falls would get a higher rating from me
but access to the falls is limited and close approach appears to be impossible.
As it is, the overall rating is pretty good at 6.0, not bad considering the main
attraction is not even this waterfall.
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.
The hike follows the Falling Water River downstream toward Burgess Falls.
There's a little up and down action on the trail but in general the trail is
fairly easy. You are following the river downstream so the overall trend
is downhill on the way out to the waterfall.
I had high contrast conditions when I was there since it was midday and
sunny, not exactly ideal photography conditions. As with Little Falls, I
took the picture above from the overlook on the trail. I did a small
amount of scouting for alternate photo locations. There were none along
the top of the bluff that weren't obstructed by trees and I definitely
wouldn't recommend trying to navigate down the bluff.
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 want to use a
cut down on reflections.
As far as a tripod goes, you really don't need one for this waterfall.
I know - shocking.
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