Our second state park visit of the weekend, we made our way to Burgess Falls State Park. The hike was lovely passing by smaller falls making their way down to the large falls. The first part of the trail takes you along the ridge, through the trees and over bridges. We passed an old suspension bridge from the early 1900s, eerily swinging about the river. This part of the trail I would consider to be easy because it’s mostly flat and not a long distance. At the end of the first part is a great overlook of the falls. Continuing down the trail leads you to the second part which has a steep incline down some uneven steps and is more moderate hiking. When you get to the bottom though, you are met with the top of the falls cascading down the mountainside. To stand there at the top of the waterfall was really incredible. There is a third part of the trail that will take you down to the bottom of the falls, but when we went this was closed off due to some erosion on the trail. But the part of the park that we saw was truly amazing! We made our way back up the incline and back down the path where we rewarded ourselves by putting our feet in the cold water of the river. I would absolutely recommend this state park- it is easy to see why it is such a Tennessee favorite.
For more info on Burgess Falls State Park, go to: https://tnstateparks.com/parks/burgess-falls