Burgess Falls is in the Tennessee State Park of the same name, located in Putnam County. There are multiple ways to get to observation spots around the falls to take in this scenic landscape. This incredible park located less than an hour and a half east of Nashville makes for a great summer weekend destination.

Kayaking to the Falls
If you are an avid kayaker or are a bit newer to this mode of exploration, Burgess Falls is a great place for all skill levels. Whether you strap down your water rafts to the roof of your vehicle or rent one at the park, a kayak is one of the best ways to venture down to the big falls. I'm going to break down all the FAQs about kayaking to the falls for any future adventures you decide to take to this gorgeous location.


Burgess Falls in Tennessee is located in Putnam County, about 12 miles southwest of Cookeville off Highway 135 near the White County line.

State Park Hours
The state park is open from 8 am and closes down for the day usually 30 minutes before sunset.

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Boat Ramp Locations
There is a boat ramp and parking area located at the end of Cane Hollow Rd.

How long is the kayaking trek out and back?
The Big Falls is approximately two miles from the launch point and can take as long as an hour one way without breaking.

Dog-friendly destination?
Both the waterways and the hiking trails are dog friendly. Just take into consideration some safety measures if planning to kayak with man's best friend.

Beginner friendly?
This is a great spot for young members of the family and beginner kayakers alike. Burgess Falls is a class I rapids, which means it is a very easy-to-navigate area for those less experienced with paddling out.

Kayak rentals
There are several kayak rental facilities in the area, that also offer shuttle services to park visitors. Here are the names of a couple of those rental facilities:

Cumberland Kayak- Burgess Falls

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