Tennessee

Photo Courtesy of the Tennessee Historical Society

For whatever reason, I never thought of Tennessee as having many waterfalls, let alone the massive and easily accessible falls that I did find. I guess it was because I never studied the topography. I assumed that it was mainly just flat plateau on the other side of the Smokies, and that any remaining mountainous terrain had been dammed by the Tennessee Valley Authority.

But I was very wrong. Not only does Tennessee have waterfalls, but they are much bigger than most you can find in the surrounding states. Even better, they don’t require a ton of work to get to and they’re all very unique. What’s deceiving is that a lot of the land close to the waterfalls I’ve visited is entirely unassuming. One minute you’re driving along rolling hills and farm land, and the next you’re standing at the top of a massive waterfall that resulted from a river slowly eroding the land around it before it caved in on itself.

Burgess Falls
Cummins Falls
Fall Creek Falls State Park
Great Falls
Ozone Falls
Ruby Falls
Twin Falls