Burgess Falls State Park and Playground

8400 Old Cane Creek Rd Baxter, TN 38544

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An impressive waterfall a short drive east of Nashville.

An impressive Waterfall just a Daytrip from Nashville.

If you're up for chasing waterfalls, Burgess Falls is worth the hour and 15 minutes drive east of Nashville, fairly close to Cookesville. It's an easy drive, largely along the interstate with only 10-15 minutes of country roads. The River Trail/Service Road Loop is 1.5 miles and takes about 15 minutes to reach the main overlook.

Directions: Immediately upon parking, take the marked trail that leads to the sound of rushing water, then take a quick left through a short, paved section that turns into a well-worn path. There are a couple of observation areas along the way and the main falls themselves are very impressive, after less than a mile walk in. The path is very easy and fairly flat the entire way (it was a breeze for my 4.5-year-old).

Due to significant flooding, the staircase that you used to be able to take down to the waterfall is inaccessible and closed indefinitely.  Seeing the falls from afar, however, is still worth your while!

Tips: Go early in the day to avoid crowds.

Note: Dogs are welcome on leashes.

One really nice thing about this short hike is that there's a nicely-maintained playground right next to the car park complete with a few shaded benches. Also, very clean bathrooms are found there as well. Summer weekend, however, can be crowded.




Emily O'Grady
Nashville, TN
Emily O'Grady lives with her daughters Eloise (5) and Charlie (3.5), husband Mick, and their two senior dogs Porter and Francie, in Nashville. They’ve called Music City home for 7 years this September. After Emily and Mick met in New Zealand over 15 years ago, they’ve hiked and backpacked extensively across the globe for months at a time. In their new roles as parents, they’ve hit pause on their most extreme adventures for now, but they are consciously raising their daughters to love and appreciate nature, getting outside and exploring as much as they can in the hills of Tennessee and beyond. During the weekdays, you can find Emily leading teams across Asurion’s Product Development team, bringing the company’s service strategy to life across carrier clients. Before joining Asurion, Emily was an Engagement Manager for McKinsey & Company for 4 years, as well as held Analyst roles with Telephia (Nielsen) and Bank of America Global Corporate and Investment Bank. Emily holds a BBA in Finance, French and European Studies from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.
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