Top Adventures in Cookeville

  • Hike to Cummins Falls

    Catch the trailhead down to the falls at the parking lot. The trail quickly approaches the rim of the river gorge to provide hikers with a great bird's eye view of the falls. After snapping a few photos of the falls from above, follow the clearly ...

    4 miles 800 ft gain

  • Hike to 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 ...

    1.5 miles 623 ft gain

  • Hike to Carmac Falls

    It is important to note that Carmac Falls is located on the private property of Evins Mill, a resort and special event venue that hosts weddings, conferences and other contractually exclusive events. As such, one must be a guest of the resort in o...

    1 miles 90 ft gain

  • Hike to Lost Creek Falls

    GPS Coordinates: 35.84102,-85.36123 Why We Love It: NO CROWDS- We only came across a few other people so, it’s a little more low key than some other popular Tennessee waterfalls. DISNEY LOVED IT- This was a filming location for Disney’s 1994 The J...

    0.5 miles 40 ft gain

  • Hike through Virgin Falls State Natural Area

    Beginning at the Virgin Falls SNA parking area, the Virgin Falls trail is approximately a 9 mile round trip (excluding any side trails) which will allow you to experience three waterfalls: Big Branch Falls, Big Laurel Falls, and the namesake Virgi...

    9 miles 1100 ft gain

  • Photograph Welch's Point

    This location was recently opened back to the public by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Tennessee Department of Conservation and Environment in the fall of 2014 after being closed for over a decade! It is one of the most spectacular sp...

    0.07 miles 0 ft gain

  • Hike to Twin Falls, TN

    Upon entering Rock Island State Park from the east, the parking area for this trail is located right after the old cotton mill (my friend and I actually ended up getting lost because it is tucked away there quite nicely). The trail that leads to T...

    1 miles

  • Camp at Rock Island State Park

    This little campground is nestled in Rock Island State Park. There are two campgrounds, this one is specifically tents only. Each campsite is pull in and provides you with enough room to set up two tents. In addition each campsite has a four sided...

  • Explore Ozone Falls

    This beautiful, 110-foot waterfall is an easy 15-minute walk from the parking area. Note that the walk down to the falls, although short, is steep and there isn’t a well-marked trail down. It’s more about choosing the path of least resistance.  Al...

  • Photograph Buzzard's Roost Overlook

    Located in the beautiful state park of Fall Creek Falls, you'll find this overlook along with Millikan's Overlook. Both overlooks showcase the views shown in my photos, however, Buzzard's Roost is a short walk down the side trail that gives a more...

    0.04 miles 10 ft gain

  • Hike to the Base of Fall Creek Falls

    Fall Creek Falls State Park hosts a variety of large waterfalls which can easily become confusing. The park's main attraction is the 256 foot waterfall dubbed "Fall Creek Falls." Fall Creek Falls is observable from a viewing platform less than a f...

    0.86 miles 299 ft gain

  • Hike to Rockhouse and Cane Creek Falls

    Fall Creek Falls State Park is home to multiple waterfalls. The main attraction and biggest waterfall, Fall Creek Falls, is often tourists' main destination, but I encourage you to visit the base of Rockhouse Falls and Cane Creek Falls to enjoy so...

    1 miles 500 ft gain

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    • Silver Point, Tennessee

      Hurricane Bridge

      Overview Hurricane Bridge Recreation Area is located on the shores of the scenic Center Hill Lake on central Tennessee's Highland Rim. The lake stretches 64 miles up the Caney Fork River, where vis...

    • Smithville, Tennessee

      Floating Mill Park

      Overview Floating Mill Park is located on the shores of the scenic Center Hill Lake on central Tennessee's Highland Rim. The lake stretches 64 miles up the Caney Fork River, where visitors come to ...

    • Gainesboro, Tennessee

      Roaring River Park

      Overview Roaring River Park is located on Cordell Hull Lake on the Cumberland River System, near Gainesboro, TN. The lake itself was named after one of America's outstanding statesmen and one of Te...

    • Sparta, Tennessee

      Ragland Bottom

      Overview Ragland Bottom Campground is located on the shores of the scenic Center Hill Lake on central Tennessee's Highland Rim. The lake stretches 64 miles up the Caney Fork River, where visitors c...

    • Silver Point, Tennessee

      Long Branch

      Overview Long Branch Campground is located below Center Hill Dam on the scenic Caney Fork River in central Tennessee's Highland Rim. Above the dam, the lake stretches 64 miles up the river, where v...

    • Gainesboro, Tennessee

      Salt Lick Creek

      Overview Salt Lick Creek Campground is located on Cordell Hull Lake on the Cumberland River System, just 10 miles from Gainesboro, TN. The lake itself was named after one of America's outstanding s...

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