Long weekends are great, but sometimes laying in bed and making brunch reservations and going to the same Happy Hour can get absolutely boring. Which is why we made the PERFECT waterfall weekend in Middle Tennessee, the best places to go, how to get there, and even a couple of restaurants to round out the week. Ready to head out and explore?
You can find a map and all addresses for our weekend itinerary,
1. First stop? Ledford Mill Falls.
Located right outside the historic Ledford Mill, and 1884 gristmill that has since been renovated into a B&B. Though the original mill went out of business years ago, the stunning forested area is absolutely beautiful.
2. Stay the night at Ledford Mill Bed & Breakfast.
And why not stay that night? The reviews of this three bedroom bed & breakfast is the perfect spot to spend a Friday night after your first waterfall, where you can enjoy a quiet evening in the forest to yourself.
3. Machine Falls
The Machines Fall Loop Trail is located in Short Springs Natural Area, it’s 1.6 miles and considered a moderate level trail. You can even bring Fido – just keep him on a leash.
4. Rutledge Falls in Tullahoma in next!
The privately owned area is open from dawn until dusk, and proves over and over to be one of the most amazing views in the state. In the summertime, the water is icy and refreshing!
5. Time to head on over to Burgess Falls.
Burgess Falls State Park is rife with stunning waterways, a day use park that is located on the Falling Water River. There are four waterfalls in the park, so you can even spend the whole of an afternoon chasing waterfalls.
6. Grab a delicious meal at Foglight Foodhouse
This rustic and fun restaurant is located in Walling and their main menu options include the best kind of Creole dishes of New Orleans. A platter of fresh seafood is the perfect way to end a hiking adventure on a Saturday – we recommend the jambalaya!
7. Piney Falls
Ready to walk off that amazing Creole meal with a hike in the Piney Falls State Natural area? At 1.6 miles, this Grandview-located hiking trail rewards your efforts with both upper and lower Piney Falls.
8. Cane Creek Falls
An 85-foot waterfall that runs in a sheet of a water from the waterway above is a beautiful view for any time of day. Located in Fall Creek Falls State Park, this Van Buren-based waterfall is perfectly Instagrammable.
9. We’d recommend camping out in Fall Creek Falls State Park.
Nights run from $13.75 — $31.25, which makes a quick campground easy on the wallet AND easy on the eyes. The park is chock full of stunning watery views, so you can even get up early and find a new trail yourself.
10. Fortes Restaurant on the Square
Good morning! Are you hungry? We’d recommend sleeping in and grabbing an early lunch when Fortes opens at 11. This cute and sweet place is great for families and hungry hikers just off the trail.
11. Ozone Falls
Ozone Falls State Natural Area is the last stop on our list, not too far from our lunch spot. Ozone Falls plunges roughly 110 feet into a gorgeous watery pool below, making this place straight out of a fantasy tale.
Don’t forget to check out our
waterfall weekend map! If you’re still looking to explore, these hidden places are just a lovely. Happy hiking!