Tennessee State Parks

Burgess Falls State Park

Activities

Fishing

Fishing is good for Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, and bream. The most popular fishing sites are below the dam and the main waterfall along the bank and at the fishing pier. There are no public boat ramps or canoe/kayak access areas on the park.

Hiking

River Trail  — 0.8 Miles — Natural Surface — Difficult/ strenuous
Trail to base of main falls  — 0.3 Miles — Natural Surface — very strenuous
Ridge Top Trail  — 0.5 Miles — Natural Surface — moderate

Birding

Barn and Northern Rough-winged Swallows sally out over the river, and Green and Yellow-crowned Night Herons may be seen during spring and summer at the river’s edge and on a lake created by an early concrete dam. An observation deck overlooks the lake next to the upper parking area, which embraces a large butterfly garden filled with native nectar and larval host plants.