Beautiful natural experiences tend to be the calling card of the Volunteer State. Whether you’re looking to kayak down a river or hike to the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains, the best place to do it is right here in Tennessee. With your sunny-day adventures in mind, we’ve put together a quick list of easy-access waterfalls in Tennessee that are bound to up the ante on your hikes. Learn more about these gorgeous natural highlights below, and perhaps plan a trip for yourself. There’s no time like the present, right? Right. These are some of the best falls in the entire state.

If you’re intent on finding some of the best waterfalls in Tennessee, we hope this list helps. Have you been to any of these waterfalls? Which were your favorites? Do you know of any waterfalls you can drive to in the state? We’d love to see your photos and hear about your experiences there.

There’s more fun to be had in Tennessee, folks! One example is the beautiful Pogue Creek Canyon where you can enjoy stunning rock features and awesome views.

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What are some of the best hiking trails with waterfalls in Tennessee?  

Some of the best hiking trails with waterfalls in Tennessee include the following:

  • Cane Creek Cascades located within Fall Creek Falls State Park
  • Virgin Falls Trail at the Virgin Falls State Natural Area, a brisk 8.3-mile hike
  • Burgess Falls Trail near Baxter is just over a mile in length 


How many waterfalls in Tennessee are there? 

Tennessee appears to be home to more than 800 waterfalls. Many of the state's more than 80 state parks contain one or more (usually more) waterfalls, and the state and National Forests do as well. Though many of the falls are small and unremarkable, some are truly breathtaking. Fall Creek Falls is the tallest waterfall in the state, at an impressive 256 feet-plus in height. It’s one of the most-visited waterfalls in Tennessee. Other waterfalls of note in Tennessee include Caney Creek Falls, Piney Falls, Great Falls, Twin Falls, and Burgess Falls.

Where can I find some kid-friendly hikes in Tennessee? 

Some of the best kid-friendly hikes in Tennessee are located in the Nashville area. There's the easy half-mile loop called the Limestone Sinks Trail. Located in Cedars of Lebanon State Park the trail is beautiful, and the kids will love checking out the impressive rock formations along the way.

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