Waterfalls in Putnam County


Go Ahead, Chase that Waterfall

Looking to explore the waterways of Tennessee? These waterfalls are can't miss spots. Explore their beauty with these itineraries that ensure the best views and excursions for getting there.

Burgess Fals
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Burgess Falls State Park

This park is known for its sheer bluffs, narrow ridges, rolling water and abundant mixed forest. The area is on the National Register of Historic Places. There was once a gristmill, sawmill and powerhouse on this site. The park is home to over 300 species of trees, plants and an abundance of wildlife, including the white-faced grey squirrel. Visitors can enjoy the large Native Butterfly Garden, fish and hike the 1.5-mile round-trip loop to see four waterfalls on the Falling Water River, the tallest being 136 feet.

4000 Burgess Falls Dr Sparta, TN 38583


Cummins Falls State Park

Cummins Falls State Park is an idyllic, but rugged, 211-acre day-use park located nine miles north of Cookeville on the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River on the Eastern Highland Rim. Located in the Cordell Hull Watershed, the area has been a scenic spot and swimming hole for local residents of Jackson and Putnam counties for more than 100 years. Cummins Falls is Tennessee’s eighth largest waterfall in both volume and height. It was also voted the 6th best swimming hole in the nation by Reader’s Choice Magazine.

390 Cummins Falls Lane Cookeville, TN 38501

Twin Falls
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Rock Island State Park

Rock Island State Park is an 883 acre park located on the headwaters of Center Hill Lake at the confluence of the Caney Fork, Collins and Rocky Rivers. The rugged beauty of the park includes the Caney Fork Gorge below Great Falls Dam. These overlooks are some of the most scenic and significant along the Eastern Highland Rim. The must-sees for any visitor to Rock Island are the two giant waterfalls, the 30-foot Great Falls next to the historic Cotton Mill building and the 80-foot Twin Falls on the other side of the Caney Fork River, both of which will "wow" you from almost any vantage point.

82 Beach Rd. Rock Island, TN 38581

Fall Creek Falls
Photo by: @j_kreiss

Fall Creek Falls State Park

Fall Creek Falls State Park is one of Tennessee’s largest and most visited state parks. The park encompasses more than 29,800 acres sprawled across the eastern top of the rugged Cumberland Plateau. Laced with cascades, gorges, waterfalls, streams and lush stands of virgin hardwood timber, the park beckons those who enjoy nature at her finest. Fall Creek Falls, at 256 feet, is one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States. Other waterfalls within the park include Piney Falls, Cane Creek Falls, and Cane Creek Cascades.

2009 Village Camp Rd, Spencer, TN 38585