7 Hidden Tennessee Waterfalls You Must See

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Tennessee offers some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the U.S. thanks to its unique topography and its extensive system of rivers and streams.

Many of the waterfalls listed in this article are located in Tennessee state parks and are completely free to access. Important to note, the best time to visit any of the waterfalls is during spring and summer, especially after heavy showers which birth some of the most powerful cascades.

Cane Creek Falls | Fall Creek Falls State Park, Spencer, TN

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This hard-to-find 85-foot tall waterfall is located near Spencer, Tennessee in the Fall Creek Falls State Park. Hidden within an extensive network of trails, take the Cable Trail to either the Gorge Trail or the base of the Cane Creek Gorge where you can take in unique views from the top and bottom of this waterfall.

Twin Falls | Rock Island State Park, Rock Island, TN

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A series of waterfalls situated side by side that pour out of a gorge, Twin Falls was formed inadvertently during the creation of the Caney Fork River dam. About 80 feet tall, these falls are surrounded by a few smaller cascades. Hidden within Rock Island State Park, to get to these falls you'll need to walk along the stairs down to the easy trail along the water. You can take in sweeping views of the falls from various angles while on the trail.

Greeter Falls | South Cumberland State Park, Altamont, TN

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Prepare yourself to hike the backcountry to see this spectacular waterfall. Hike the Greeter Falls Trail Loop for about 30 minutes and you'll stumble across this beauty. The stream falls 50 feet into a large basin and you'll need to travel down a steep man-made spiral staircase to access the ground below.

Stinging Fork Falls | Stinging Fork Falls State Natural Area, Spring City, TN

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Located about a mile into the woods from the parking area at Stinging Fork Falls State Natural Area, this 30-foot-tall waterfall leads to a beautiful clear blue plunge pool surrounded by flat rocks, the perfect place to relax on a hot summer day. Keep in mind, that the trail to this waterfall is moderate and increases in difficulty as you descend closer to the falls.

Cummins Falls | Cummins Falls State Park, Cookeville, TN

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Known as one of the best waterfalls in the state, Cummins Falls features an amazing natural swimming hole. This 211-acre park is located on the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River which gives way to this 75-foot-high waterfall. To get here, there are several trails you can take. To enjoy the swimming hole you'll need to acquire a $6 permit and hike the Downstream Trail. For viewing points that don't require a permit, hike along the Waterfall Overlook Trail.

Burgess Falls | Burgess Falls State Park, Sparta, TN

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Known as the smaller version of Niagra Falls, this incredible waterfall requires a pretty strenuous hike up the Burgess Falls Trail for a mile and a half. Well worth the sweat and effort, this waterfall drops 136 feet.

Ruby Falls | Chattanooga, TN

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Getting to this stunning waterfall is quite an adventure. Located deep underneath Lookout Mountain, visitors will descend 26 stories beneath the Earth inside a glass elevator before taking a guided tour through the incredible caverns where you can learn more about the ancient geological formations along the way. Tickets start at 24.95 for adults and $13.95 for kids 12 and under.

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