Are you the outdoorsy type? It’s hard not to be when you are surrounded by gorgeous waterfalls and some pretty amazing state parks. Luckily, there are a ton of amazing hiking trails in the Upper Cumberland around CHL.

10 hiking trails around Center Hill Lake

Tennessee

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Burgess Falls State Park

Sparta, Tennessee

4000 Burgess Falls Drive
Sparta, TN 38583

Distance: 1.1 mile | Baxter, Tennessee | Features: waterfall / dog-friendly
Rating: moderate | Base of waterfall accessible only by water. You can hike to the top of the 136′ waterfall though.

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Cummins Falls

Cookeville, Tennessee

390 Cummins Falls Ln, Cookeville, TN

Distance: 1.1 mile | Cookeville, Tennessee | Features: waterfall + dog-friendly (must be kept on leash) | Rating: moderate

 *Note the trails are very narrow.

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Window Cliffs

Baxter, Tennessee

8400 Old Cane Creek Rd,
Baxter, TN 38544

Distance: 5.3 mile | Window Cliff Estates, Tennessee | Features: waterfall / creeks / 200′ high cliff tops | Rating: moderate – difficult | Requires multiple creek crossings

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Bee Rock Overlook

Monterey, Tennessee

1400 Bee Rock Rd, Monterey, TN

Distance: 0.7 mile | Monterey, Tennessee | Features: overlook + dog-friendly | Rating: easy

 

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Rock Island State Park

82 Beach Road Rock Island, TN

Distance: 2.1 mile | Rock Island, Tennessee | Features: waterfall + dog-friendly | Rating: easy

 

  • Virgin Falls Trail

      Distance: 8.3 mile | Sparta, Tennessee | Features: waterfall + dog-friendly | Rating: difficult
  • Lost Creek Falls Trail

      • Distance: 0.2 mile | Sparta, Tennessee | Features: waterfall + dog-friendly

    (must be kept on leash)

      | Rating: moderate
  • Downstream Trail to Blue Hole

      • Distance: 1.6 mile | Rock Island, Tennessee | Features: waterfall + dog-friendly

    (must be kept on leash)

      | Rating: moderate
  • Polly Branch Falls Trail

      • Distance: 10.3 mile | Sparta, Tennessee | The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking. Features: waterfall + dog-friendly

    (must be kept on leash)

      | Rating: moderate
  • Amber’s Den Ridge Trail 

      • Distance: 4.7 mile | Sparta, Tennessee | The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding | Features: waterfall + dog-friendly

    (must be kept on leash)

      | Rating: moderate

 

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