• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1.5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    623 Feet

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Waterfall
Swimming Hole

This family-friendly mile and half hike leads to the stunning 136 foot Burgess Falls.

If you like waterfalls, this hike is for you. Along the way you'll pass by Falling Water Cascades (20 ft), Little Falls ( 30 ft), Middle Falls (80 ft) and finally the main event, Burgess Falls (136 ft). There are a few spots for swimming so bring your suit if it's a warm day.

It's an easy hike suitable for children, but be sure to wear good shoes with grip - it can get slippery towards the end at the big waterfall.

You'll find the trailhead on the west side of the parking lot - it is well signed.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Swimming suit
  • Water and snacks
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Easy quick hike. I would do this hike and Cummings falls in the same day.

5 months ago
5 months ago

The stairs down to the lower level were closed due to flood damage, but you could still hike down to the upper half of the falls. We had a great time walking through the water and sitting on the ledge for a snack. Walk was steep but fine for my 2 year old to join us. Very fun hike, worth the drive!! There is also a small picnic area as well as a playground for kiddos!

9 months ago
9 months ago

... the trail to the lower falls was closed when we visited. I don't want to give it a lower review because the main waterfall looks AMAZING, but check the State Park's website to make sure the lower falls is open before you go. Other waterfalls are pretty too.

9 months ago
9 months ago

The trail is open all the way out to the lower falls overlook the stairs down to the bottom and one other lookout are still closed.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

I went to the state park about a month ago, driving 3 hours from GA. We found out that every single trail leading to any overlook or view of Burgess Falls is sealed off and closed from public use. We spoke to the ranger and he told us that the stairs to the base of the falls and the overlook platforms were super unstable. So there needs to be some serious reconstruction. He said that it will probably take months, maybe even a year. Just wanted to put this here for those of you who plan on going to see this waterfall anytime soon. You won't be able to.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

This is an easy hike with awesome waterfalls and riverside scenery to check out. Recently, the overlooks to several waterfalls were destroyed due to high rising river flow and weather conditions. These overlooks have been closed and the main trail to get down to Burgess Falls will not be repaired until next year because the bluffs eroded away.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

jeremiah Yoak

The mountains of Appalachia are what fuel my Soul, to hike, fish and camp in the various mountain ranges feeds my sense of wonder, and keeps me feeling alive.

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