It’s hard not to stand in awe and amazement at the base of a 256-foot waterfall.  With spectacular cliffs surrounding you, and gallons of water pouring over the rock face, the magnitude of the situation is hard to deny.  Fall Creek Falls is just one of a dozen waterfalls within an hour of Cookeville, Tennessee. Here are few of our favorite waterfalls and parks!


Fall Creek Falls State Park

Fall Creek Falls State Park is home to one of the tallest waterfalls in the Eastern United States. While the volume of water varies based on the time of year and the amount of rainfall, this 256’ waterfall is one of the most spectacular sites in Tennessee. It is visible from an overlook adjacent to a parking lot. There is also a difficult trail descending approximately ½- mile to the base of the falls. Fall Creek Falls State Park is the most visited and well-known park in the state and this waterfall is one of the main reasons. Fall Creek Falls is such a great place to bring the whole family. The exciting activities to do here are just endless. Some include boating, a treetop obstacle course, swimming, golf, hiking, fishing, birding, and biking. To check out more great photos and activites, just click right here.


Ensor Sink Natural Area

This beautiful little park in the heart of town features picnic tables, two walking trails, a small amphitheater for lectures and other educational uses, a stone council ring for scout meetings and nature groups, as well as a gazebo with an informational kiosk on Cookeville’s sink hole system. To learn more about Ensor Sink Natural Area, click here.


Virgin Falls State Natural Area

This natural area, located in White County, is the home of 110’ Virgin Falls. An underground stream emerges from a cave and then plummets 110’ over the side of a cliff before disappearing again into another cave at the bottom of the sink. Doesn’t that sound like something you need to see for yourself? To learn more about Virgin Falls, click here.