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

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.

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.

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

Bee Rock Overlook

Monterey, Tennessee

1400 Bee Rock Rd, Monterey, TN

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

 

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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