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Don’t miss this waterfall!


On my drive north from Alabama last week I took a quick (or not so quick) detour 50 miles east of my route home to see Burgess Falls. Husband and I had been to see it several years ago in the middle of a summer when there was significantly less water flowing than this time of year.

A little waterfall on the hike back to the big one.

It rained hard the evening and night before I drove over to the falls, and it has been raining for months in the Southeast. There was a squishy walk of about a mile back to the falls. I didn’t mind, there were plenty of pretty things to see along the way. Plus I knew I had hours of driving ahead of me. A little walk would be just the thing.

Everything was damp and green and muddy.

The river was roaring, over it’s banks and moving fast. Just like all the other rivers I’d crossed the day before and would cross on my trek north.

My first clue that the waterfall would be ferocious.

I remembered, as I walked, our last visit to this park where we had trekked down a steep metal staircase, and then climbed over boulders to sit at the base of the falls. I was pretty sure that wouldn’t be possible, judging from the volume of water rushing down the river.

And I was right. See those boulders and trees down there in the river? That’s an island and we sat on those rocks and watched people swimming in the pool below the waterfall.

So much water. And the noise!

You wouldn’t want to be out there now. Still, some steps led down ‘to the falls’ so I went down to see what was what.

Wonder what’s down there?

Personally I think those stairs should be closed. It leads you right to the top of the falls where it would be so easy to slip and fall into the raging river.

Teenagers throwing sticks into the water. I couldn’t watch.

I scurried right back up, and told the family at the top who were contemplating the trip down not to do it, it wasn’t worth the climb, and it was too dangerous for their kids.

Other than that I enjoyed my brief time at the falls, and I’d go back again when some of the water dries up. I’m sure there will be plenty of repair work to do before it’s safe to go down to the bottom again.

It was worth getting a little muddy.

Regardless of the water flow this is one stunning waterfall and worth a detour to see it! And I got to see a few barns on the way over there.

Couldn’t resist stopping for this one.

And some more cows.

Cows and their barn.

So even though it added a few hours to my trip home I think it was all worth it. That’s the best part about a road trip –turning left instead of right once in awhile.

Such a pretty place, Tennessee.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

24 thoughts on “Don’t miss this waterfall!

  1. Very nice, high water and all. I’m sure it was worth the detour!


  2. Wonderful!


  3. Oh that was marvelous. I can almost hear the ROAR of the falls. Ferocious indeed. But, maybe like you, I’m surprised those stairs were open, not closed off. Just seems it would be so easy for someone to slip and fall into the water. But it was marvelous, just the same. How stunning your photo is of where you and Husband sat and what it looked like on this day that you were there. And then, to top it all off, cows and barns … oh, nothing could be better. 🙂


  4. Worth it is right to see those roaring falls. Really handsome barns, too.


  5. How is that red barn still standing. You’d think a truck would’ve side swiped long ago. Thank God not, but makes you wonder.


  6. That detour was certainly worth the stop! Just looking at your picture of the kids standing next to the falls made me nervous. I zoomed in and saw that they were just inches from the water. It’s a wonder that the stairs were open especially with the river so high. Glad you got to visit; it was easy to imagine the rock island where you and your husband during your last visit. Next time you visit it will be interesting to see if the high waters eroded the island. Thank you for sharing! 😊


  7. I love seeing waterfalls in the different seasons. Very impressive! Thank you for sharing.


  8. Ahhh, so much beauty! Sometimes turning left instead of right is just what the soul needs.


  9. That water really was churning!


  10. Pretty pics. The sound of churning warning is amazing.


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