Tennessee Waterfall Hike: Burgress Falls State Park

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I wasn’t sure how I was going to like living in Tennessee, after growing up in the beautiful Pacific North West, but I was pleasantly surprised! Tennessee is extremely lush and has hills and mountains. There a lot of waterfalls to visit! (Here’s another one of my favorite Tennessee Waterfalls).

This hike is right off of the main Highway that goes from Nashville to Knoxville. It’s a super easy road trip stop if you are traveling in the south!

The hike is super short and is manageable for all skill levels! I stopped at this waterfall after going to the UT, LSU football game in Knoxville! I was driving back to Nashville.

The falls are MASSIVE and absolutely stunning! I’m so happy and thankful that I decided to make the stop. I was in and out of there in about 1.5 hours!

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Middle Tennessee’s Best Hike, Waterfall, and Swimming Hole: Cummins Falls

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I lived in Nashville, Tennessee for a couple years and this waterfall and swimming hole is by far my favorite place in the State. 

Cummins Falls State Park, Tennessee Waterfall.

Also… side note! If you’re going to Cummins Falls you should definitely spend some time in Nashville! I will be writing up a post on the best spots to go in Nashville too soon. Also, feel free to email or message or comment questions about any spots as well! Happy to share the love.

The first time I went, was with my roommate, Hannah. She’s one of the most kind and caring souls I’ve ever met. We haven’t seen each other for years and I know for a fact she would be there for me if I called her in need. She’s a singer and songwriter and very talented!

We droved about an hour and a half west of Nashville. It’s a pretty easy route getting there and the trail head isn’t too far from the main highway! 

The trail is well labeled and marked! There’s a very large gravel/grassy parking lot. We didn’t have to pay, but rules can change so it’s always smart to bring a little cash.  

The hike is only about a mile each way. The first part of it is a well maintained trail that goes steep down to the river. The second part of the trail you hike through the river… there’s no avoiding hiking through the water! Make sure to bring shoes you don’t mind getting wet. I wore some old Nike’s, as did Hannah! 

She lost the Rayban’s of the top of her head… there’s so slippery spots. I wouldn’t recommend bringing anything too valuable unless it’s secured in your backpack!

This waterfall is absolutely breathtaking! There’s a natural grotto under that you can go relax under. 

The front of the waterfall is one big swimming hole! Such an awesome spot. You can jump off the small part of the waterfall as well into the swimming hole. But the water is shallow so be careful and don’t dive! A guy snapped his leg while we were there and a rescue team had to come.

On a happy note, we saw the sweetest little old couple who made it all the way to the waterfall. They were so proud of themselves. We took their picture for them. I wish I would have on my own phone too because of how much joy they were expressing. 

I went a second time with a guy friend. Also another awesome day! The sun was beaming perfectly and made a rainbow in front of the waterfall.

Cummins Falls, Tennessee

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Highly recommend this place! Worth going out of your way for. Stay safe and stay groovy!

Tennessee Waterfall Hike: Burgress Falls State Park

I wasn’t sure how I was going to like living in Tennessee, after growing up in the beautiful Pacific North West, but I was pleasantly surprised! Tennessee is extremely lush and has hills and mountains. There a lot of waterfalls to visit! (Here’s another one of my favorite Tennessee Waterfalls). This hike is right off…

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Oregon Water Fall Hike: Ramona Falls in Mt Hood National Forest

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Ramona Falls in Oregon is a Hidden little gem found in Mt. Hood National Forrest! My friend from Texas found it on the AllTrails app and we went for it! This hike made you feel like you are walking through a tropical rainforest, it was insanely green and lush! 

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The Trail Head

It’s not too far from Zig Zag, Oregon (yes that’s the towns real name haha, probably due to the windy mountain roads everywhere). If you type it into the AllTrails App it should pop up!

Luckily, when you get to the trailhead, there’s a nice big parking lot! We went later in the day right when we got into town, there was only one other car there. It said you needed a certain parking pass. It’s in a National Forrest, so I put my National Park Pass up in the dash! I would check online to see if you can get a day pass or something cheaper if you don’t have a National Park pass! 

The Adventure Up!

This hike didn’t have a ton of elevation gain, it would be suitable for most skill levels! It was about 7 miles long. 

For the first large section of the hike you are walking through the lush forest. It’s green everywhere! You could hardly see the ground aside from the trail because it was all covered in moss and other various plants. 

It almost looked fake in some areas! 

You follow along the river, which you can also see from the top of Mount hood, on McNeil Point Hike. It’s awesome to hike from ground level on it, and from seeing it up above (you can also see Ramona falls from up above on that hike). 

Mt. Hood breaks through the trees in some areas, it’s such a beautiful site to see. 

As you get closer to the falls, you start to hear the rushing water. It’s super exciting (at least for a nature junkie like me)!

The falls are absolutely BREATHTAKING!!

Ramona Falls Oregon

There are signs that say not to go off the trail near it, you can damage the surrounding area. It’s covered in moss and other plants. 

Ramona Falls

It was bigger in person than I thought it would be! 

We started this hike late in the day so we decided to go back the way we came, rather than do the full look just to be safe! We got to catch an amazing sunset as well!

Make sure to always bring your bear spray when hiking in the mountains! You never know what’s going to happen. Bear spray can be used on various animals and humans for self-defense! I usually hike alone, I just happened to have a friend this go around! 

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Stay safe and stay groovy!

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