Hiking Trails

greater cookeville, tennessee

+ the Upper Cumberland Region

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 region.

Here are 11 Hiking Trails in the Greater Cookeville Area

Cookeville City Lake

Cookeville, Tennessee

2010 Bridgeway Dr, Cookeville, Tennessee

A gorgeous park right off I-40 with a 35-acre lake and short, paved hiking trail that runs along a creek and ends at a stunning, large waterfall.

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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.

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

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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

Waterloo Falls

145 Virgil Murphy Circle, Cookeville, Tennessee

Cookeville, Tennessee | Features: waterfalls | Rating: easy

Lost Creek Falls

White’s Cave Rd, Sparta, TN

A remote 0.2 mile trail leading to a 40′ waterfall and cave.

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Welch’s Point

Welch’s Point Rd, Sparta, Tennessee

Sparta, Tennessee | Features: waterfalls & lookout point | Rating: easy – difficult

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Virgin Falls

Virgin Falls State Natural Area

A tough 9 mile hike ending at Virgin Falls. This trail entails other waterfalls, Martha’s Pretty Point and a few other trails.

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Martha’ Pretty Point

Virgin Falls State Natural Area

4.2-mile out-and-back trail near Sparta, Tennessee. This is a popular trail for backpacking, camping, and hiking. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash. This is a pit stop on the way to Virgin Falls and other waterfalls within the Virgin Falls State Natural Area.

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Northrup Falls / Colditz Cove State Natural Area

Jamestown, Tennessee

Features: waterfalls, bluffs, rock houses, creek | Rating: 2 mile loop trail – easy – dog friendly

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