Location: 1081 Cummins Mill Road, Cookeville
Drive time from Nashville: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Located in Jackson County, Cummins Falls is one of Tennessee’s most popular waterfalls. The hiking is perfect if you’re ready for a bit of a challenge, so make sure you’re wearing shoes that can get wet and dirty. Most of the hike is wading through water, which only makes the reward of getting there even better! Seeing the water splash over the rocky ledges will make you want to dive right in the swimming hole as soon as you get there. Take a dip or lounge on the rocks as you take in the greenery and streaming water surrounding you.
Fall Creek Falls
Location: 10821 Park Road, Spencer
Drive time from Nashville: 2 hours
If you’re in the mood to kick back and relax while taking in a great view, Fall Creek Falls is the place to do it! Although it’s not a waterfall you jump in to enjoy, the colossal, 256-foot plunge is absolutely amazing. In fact, it’s the highest waterfall in the eastern United States. Both the base view and overlook are astonishing. Walk a little farther onto the park’s swinging bridge for another adventure that will leave you feeling like a true explorer.