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Chasing Cascades: Nashville's Hidden Waterfall Gems within 2 Hours

Updated: Jan 30

When you think of Nashville, your mind probably wanders to music, cowboy boots, and hot chicken. But did you know that Nashville is also home to some stunning waterfalls? Yes, you read that right! So, to all my fellow adventurous souls out there, let's go chasing cascades and discover Nashville's hidden waterfall gems within 2 hours' drive.


Cummins Falls Sure is Beautiful
Cummins Falls Sure is Beautiful

Cummins Falls State Park

Our first stop on this waterfall adventure is Cummins Falls State Park. A picturesque drive an hour and a half from downtown Nashville, Cummins Falls is a 75-foot-high waterfall that cascades into a swimming hole below. The hiking trail is 2.5 miles long, but the reward is the breathtaking view of the waterfall. It’s important to note that the hike down to the waterfall is steep, so make sure you have good hiking shoes. And don't forget your swimsuit and towel, as you'll want to take a refreshing dip in the water after your hike.


Fall Creek Falls

Fall Creek Falls is a Must See
Fall Creek Falls is a Must-See

Located nearly a two-hour drive from downtown Nashville, Fall Creek Falls is the granddaddy of them all. It’s the tallest waterfall in Tennessee, measuring in at 256 feet. But that’s not all; there are two other waterfalls within the park. Don’t miss the Cane Creek Falls, which cascades into a beautiful turquoise pool. The hike to Fall Creek Falls offers multiple routes, varying in length and difficulty. Whether you’re up for a challenging hike or a leisurely stroll to the falls, this park has it all.







Burgess Falls State Park

Burgess Falls Also Doubles as a Kayakers Dream
Burgess Falls Also Doubles as a Kayakers Dream

Located about an hour and a half from Nashville, Burgess Falls State Park is truly a hidden gem. The hiking trail is approximately 1.5 miles and offers stunning views from above the falls. The park offers four waterfalls and each offers a unique experience. The highlight of this park is definitely the main falls, which drops around 130 feet down into the gorge. Make sure you visit the observation deck to get the best view of the falls.




Rock Island State Park is a Hikers Delight
Rock Island State Park is a Hikers Delight

Rock Island State Park

Rock Island State Park is located about an hour and a half from Nashville. The park offers a series of cascading waterfalls, creating a perfect swimming spot. The highlight of the park is the Great Falls, where the Caney Fork River drops 30 feet over a wall of rocks. Be sure to wear water shoes or sandals as the rocks can be sharp and slick. You can also rent kayaks and canoes to explore the river.


Lost Creek Falls is Worth Looking Up For
Lost Creek Falls is Worth Looking Up For

Lost Creek Falls

Located about an hour and fifteen minutes from Nashville, Lost Creek Falls is a moderate hike that rewards you with a stunning 40-foot waterfall. The hike is about 2 miles round trip and offers several stunning views of the surrounding forest. The waterfall is tucked away and can be difficult to find. However, the journey is definitely worth the reward.


Nashville's hidden waterfall gems are an adventurer's dream come true, and all within two hours' drive from downtown. These five parks offer different types of adventures, from challenging hikes to leisurely strolls. Don't forget to bring your hiking boots, swimsuit, and camera to capture memories that you'll cherish forever.


Chasing Cascades: Nashville's Hidden Waterfall Gems within 2 Hours

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