March Waterfall Tour
March Waterfall Tour 2019
Based out of Cumberland Mountain State Park.
Please join Tennessee State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath and Ranger Cara Alexander for this exciting, spring hiking tour of some of our favorite waterfalls!
- Wednesday, March 6 through Friday, March 8
- $250 per person
- Package price includes meals, all interpretive programming, taxes, gratuities, and transportation to the various destinations. Price does not include lodging. (Cabins at Cumberland Mountain are available for an additional cost.)
Join State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath and Ranger Cara Alexander on a three-day exploration of some of our most beautiful state waterfalls. This outdoor adventure features the waterfalls at Burgess Falls State Park, the spectacular beauty of Cummins Falls State Park, Ozone Falls State Natural Area, Piney Falls State Natural Area and Rock Island State Park. Focusing on the beauty and history of these majestic falls, the tours include legends and folklore, and other educational and interpretive programs unique to each location. Tour begins at 1:00 PM on Wednesday through noon on Friday. Cabins are available to rent
Day 1: Wednesday, March 6
** A sturdy walking stick is recommended for the various hiking throughout the three days. For your convenience, you can find walking sticks available for purchase in the Cumberland Mountain gift shop located in the restaurant lobby.
12:00 PM: Meet guides Cara and Randy along with your 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. Our first excursion will be to Piney Falls State Natural Area where we will walk the 2 mile roundtrip trail to see the spectacular Piney Falls! We will return to Cumberland Mountain by 5 PM.
5:00-6:00 PM: Check into your Cumberland Mountain State Park cabin if you’ve chosen to stay with us.
6:00 PM: Dinner as a group in the park restaurant followed by an informal program by the State Naturalist about waterfalls of Tennessee which will be presented in the downstairs meeting room.
Day 2: Thursday, March 7
7:00-8:00 AM: Meet for Breakfast in the park restaurant. A bag lunch will be provided to enjoy at the Burgess Falls picnic area. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.
8:00 AM: Our all day trip will include the incredible beauty of Cummins Falls, Burgess Falls and Rock Island State Park. Good walking shoes, a backpack, and a walking stick are recommended. We will return to Cumberland Mountain by 5:00 PM.
6:00 PM: Meet for group dinner in the park restaurant.
Day 3: Friday, March 8
8:00-8:30 AM: Meet for breakfast in the park restaurant and please be sure to check out of your cabin before the excursion if you have chosen to stay with us.
8:30 AM: Our final day will be a trip to Black Mountain and Ozone Falls. We will return to Cumberland Mountain by noon.
All times are Central time.
Download printable schedule (pdf)
Ozone Falls State Natural Area
Piney Falls State Natural Area
About Your Guides
Park Ranger Cara Alexander graduated from U.T. Knoxville with a B.S. in Forestry and a minor in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. She began her career with Tennessee State Parks as the Seasonal Interpretive Ranger at David Crockett Birthplace and Fall Creek Falls State Parks. As a full time Ranger since 2011, Cara has worked at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville and at Fall Creek Falls State Park. Her interests include hiking, birding, and photography.
State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath has more than 35 years of experience with Tennessee State Parks. Randy has 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.