March Waterfall Tour 2020

Photos©Tim Gillahan


Based out of Cumberland Mountain State Park

  • Friday, March 6, Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8, 2020
  • $250 per person
  • Package price includes meals, all interpretive programming, taxes, gratuities, and transportation to various destinations. Price does not include lodging. (Cabins at Cumberland Mountain are available for an additional cost.)

Please join Tennessee State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath and Assistant State Naturalist Holly Taylor for this exciting, hiking tour of some of our favorite waterfalls! This tour has been carefully curated to capture the essence of Tennessee's unique and most remarkable areas. You will explore Tennessee’s Highland Rim and Cumberland Plateau, nationally known for the cascades, gorges, rock houses and waterfalls nestled among their lush forest lands. The tour includes legends and folklore, and other educational and interpretive programs unique to each location, most meals, and transportation during the tour.




Cumberland Mountain State Park
Burgess Falls State Park
Piney Falls State Natural Area
Cummins Falls State Park
Frozen Head State Park
Rock Island State Park


All times are central time | A sturdy walking stick is recommended for hiking throughout the tour. Walking sticks are available for purchase in the Cumberland Mountain gift shop located in the restaurant lobby.


Noon till 1:00 PM: Meet the guides, State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath and Assistant State Naturalist Holly Taylor, and fellow tour members in the meeting room at the park restaurant. Programs will be held in this room which is downstairs from the lobby. Directions can be obtained from the restaurant desk staff, and walking sticks are available from the gift shop.

1:00 PM: Our first excursion will be to Piney Falls State Natural Area where we will hike to see Piney Falls and the spectacular bluffs, old trees, and interesting plants. The trail is easy to moderate. We will return to Cumberland Mountain State Park by 5:00 PM.

6:00 PM: Dinner buffet in the Homestead Harvest Restaurant at Cumberland Mountain State Park awaits us on our return. After dinner, there will be an informal program by the State Naturalist about the waterfalls of Tennessee in the meeting room.


7:00 AM to 8:00 AM: Breakfast will be served in the park restaurant. A bag lunch will be provided to enjoy at the Burgess Falls picnic area.

8:00 AM: Our all-day trip will include Cummins Falls, Burgess Falls, and Rock Island State Parks. We will walk a total of two miles. The majority of the trail is easy, but there are short rugged sections. Good walking shoes, a backpack, and a walking stick are recommended. We will return to Cumberland Mountain State Park by 5:00 PM.

6:00 PM: Dinner  


7:00 AM: Breakfast in the park restaurant. Please make sure to check out of your cabin before the excursion— also remember to change clocks to Daylight Savings Time

8:30 AM: Our final day will be a trip to Frozen Head State Park where we will walk the easy 1-mile roundtrip trail to Debord Falls. We will return to Cumberland Mountain by 1:00 PM.

Printable Schedule (pdf)


Holly Taylor got her start with Tennessee State Parks as a Seasonal Interpretive Ranger in 2006, working six years at Edgar Evins State Park before working as a wildlife presenter for the Natural History Education Company of the Mid-South. She took time off to stay at home with her son before returning to TN State Parks as the assistant to State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath in 2018. She graduated from TTU in 2009 with a B.S. in Conservation Biology and also serves as the chapter coordinator for the Cumberland Mountain Chapter of the Tennessee Naturalist Program.

State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath has more than 36 years of experience with Tennessee State Parks. Randy served as a Ranger Naturalist at South Cumberland and Radnor Lake State Parks. He was appointed State Naturalist for Tennessee State Parks in 2007. A graduate of UT-Martin and former National Park Service Interpretive Specialist, Randy is one of the most sought after interpretive specialists in the southeastern United States.