One of the things I love most about living in Tennessee is the gorgeous scenery it offers. Everywhere you look, there’s something to admire.
Whether it’s the changing of the leaves in the fall, the blankets of snow that cover the ground in the winter, or crystal clear waters to gaze upon, you’ll find no shortage of Mother Nature’s magnificence in Tennessee.
Just take a look at these waterfront spots to get an idea. The pictures certainly don’t do these places justice, but if this is just the tip of the iceberg, imagine how amazing they are in real life!
Summer isn’t over yet, so there’s plenty of time to cool down in front of these wondrous Tennessee water spots.
10. Dale Hollow Reservoir
Besides being a sight for sore eyes, Dale Hollow Reservoir is a popular spot for fishing. Those searching for smallmouth bass in particular will enjoy Dale Hollow Reservoir. It holds the world record for smallmouth.
Fishing aside, the reservoir (which is situated on the Kentucky/Tennessee border) has beautiful, clear blue water and luscious greenery. Other activities you can enjoy on the lake are wake boarding and water skiing.
9. Foster Falls
Surrounded by azaleas and hemlocks, Foster Falls is a 60-ft. waterfall that plunges into a deep pool of water. Hike to the top of the falls for a trail that takes you over a suspension bridge that leads to the base of the falls.
Considered one of the best climbing destinations in the Southeast, Foster Falls is located in a funny sounding city called Sequatchie. Enjoy exploring the area all year, but keep the weather in mind during winter months.
8. Narrows of the Harpeth
In 1818, a 100 yard tunnel was hand-cut through solid rock and is considered a landmark by the National Register of Historic Places. This tunnel is part of the Narrows of the Harpeth, a body of water inside Harpeth River State Park in Kingston Springs.
After gazing upon the waterfall tunnel, rent a kayak or canoe for some fun on the water. If hiking is more your thing, you can do that too, as there are many hiking trails. Your view will be amazing no matter how you spend your time here.
7. Ozone Falls
Located in Crossville is the 110 foot plunging waterfall Ozone Falls. It’s managed by the Tennessee State Parks System, and is so beautiful, that scenes from the movie “Jungle Book” were filmed there.
The area offers hiking trails, surrounded by many different types of trees. Magnolia, white pine, birch and red oak are a few of the most prominent.
6. Reelfoot Lake
If you like relaxing and want to enjoy peace and quiet exploring one of the world’s natural wonders, you’ve got to check out Reelfoot Lake. At 20 miles long and 7 miles wide, the lake was created when four earthquakes shook the New Madrid fault line in 1812.
The lake is known for its bald cypress trees, and you’ll probably encounter bald eagles at Reelfoot, as they frequent the area. In addition to bird-watching, you can also enjoy fishing, kayaking and hiking.
5. The Sinks
Inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg is an area called “The Sinks.” It’s where Little River flows over a 10-foot waterfall and then disappears for a small distance. You can actually kayak or canoe below The Sinks, where Little River is easy to navigate in high water.
People have been known to swim at The Sinks during the summer, even jumping off rocks into the water. The waters pot is easy to find, which makes it a popular stop along the way for road trippers.
4. Twin Falls
Inside of Rock Island State Park, you’ll find Twin Falls. It actually pours out of the walls of a gorge, not over the walls. It was created “by accident,” when the Caney Fork River was dammed.
The name of this waterfall comes from the two main streams that pour out of the gorge. The area offers scenic overlooks and paths for hikers, as well as places to kayak and go fishing.
3. Burgess Falls
Just outside of Cookeville is the amazing Burgess Falls. Four waterfalls make up the area, with the largest one cascading down more than 130 feet into a gorge. The falls are located inside of Burgess Falls State Park.
The area was originally populated by Native Americans, who used the land as a hunting ground. Today, you can hike along the trail beside the Falling Waters River, which gives you great views of the waterfalls. You can also head down to the fishing pier for some fishing fun.
2. Falls Creek Falls
The largest state park in Tennessee is Fall Creek Falls State Park. There you’ll find Fall Creek Falls, which is one of the highest waterfalls in the United States. At 256 feet, Fall Creek Falls is a sight to be seen!
Besides the gorgeous falls, the park also has 34 miles of hiking trails, along with cascades and campsites. There is an overlook where you can park that gives you an amazing view of Fall Creek Falls.
1. Cummins Falls
One of the most beautiful waterfront spots to check out in Tennessee is Cummins Falls, located just North of Cookeville. At 75 feet high, the waterfall is the state’s 8th largest waterfall.
Once you enter Cummins Falls State Park, you follow a long and rugged trail up to the waterfall. You can only get there by foot and caution should be exercised, as the rocks along the uneven terrain are very slippery. Once you reach the falls, you can swim in the water, or people watch on one of the large boulders surrounding it.
We’re still in the middle of summer, so now is a great time to visit these spots for a little cooling off. How many can you stop by before summer is over?