When we got to the bottom of the hill on Iron Gap Road, we were faced with a creek crossing. Dropping down into the creek was challenging due to the spring that wet the rocks about half way down and by the off camber nature of the drop.
This weekend I visited one of my favorite Tennessee State Parks. This is Burgess Falls State park in White country just south of Cookeville.
I think the Big falls there is the prettiest water fall I have ever seen. And on this trip the extra water made it even more beautiful.
There are three primary falls in the park. First falls, middle falls and big falls. There are also numerous small water falls in the park that don’t; even have names. Many of these are larger and more photogenic than other falls I have hiked long distances to see.
If you take the scary stairs to the bottom of the falls and hike along falling water river, you can see the remains of the old power station that was there in the 1930’s.
The stairs are on the supports of the old pipe line that run from the dam to the power station. There is also the remains of the suspension bridge where the pipe line took a short cut across the river and through the rock wall.
As we were leaving the falls we met several emergancy vehicles coming south from Cookeville. Aparently someone drowned in the the river below the falls. See the article here.
It is scary to think that this is likely one of the people we sat on the rocks with while we admired the water fall.