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Burgess Falls State Park and Natural Area

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Site Description and Habitats

Burgess Falls State Natural Area, lies on the eastern edge of Tennessee's Highland Rim adjacent to the Cumberland Plateau and is noted for its natural beauty. Sheer bluffs, narrow ridges, rolling water and abundant mixed forest, characterize this area. The Falling Water River drops approximately 250 feet, providing numerous waterfalls, breathtaking scenery and overlooks. The park is home to over 300 species trees and plants and an abundance of wildlife. Park visitors can visit the large Native Butterfly Garden located adjacent to the upper parking lot. Additionally, there are excellent marked trails to see the falls.

This park has great potential but is underbirded. Please report your sightings to eBird!

Bird species of interest

Spring and Fall Migration: Nearly all warblers, vireos, thrushes, and flycatchers can be found in migration, including Blackpoll (spring only), Tennessee, Nashville, Magnolia, Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, and Chestnut-sided Warblers, Philadelphia and Blue-headed Vireo, Swainson's and Gray-cheeked Thrush, Veery, and Least Flycatcher. Eastern Whip-poor-willcan be common in the woods at dusk and night. Sandhill Cranes can be seen and heard flying over in Nov and throughout the winter.

Summer: Louisiana Waterthrush, Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, Kentucky Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher, Osprey, Wood Duck, Eastern Wood-pewee, Chimney Swift, White-eyed and Red-eyed Vireo.

Winter: Sparrows including Fox, White-throated, White-crowned, Field, Song, and Swamp can be found, Hermit Thrush, Winter Wren, and both kinglets. Sandhill Cranes may be flying over.

Year-Round: Eastern Towhee, Barred Owl, Eastern Screech-Owl, Cooper's Hawk, Killdeer, Red-tailed Hawk, Cedar Waxwing, and American Robin.

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Detailed directions for birding Burgess Falls State Park and Natural Area
From Cookeville: Take Hwy 111 South and follow signs to Burgess Falls State Park. Obtain a map at the visitor's center and exlore river overlooks and hiking trails.

Lat-Long (GPS) coordinates
Visitor's Center: 36.0440, -85.59453

Fees and Hours
No fees are required to access these areas. The park is open year round, 8 am to 30 minutes before sunset.

There are restroom facilities and hiking trails.

Burgess Falls State Park
4000 Burgess Falls Drive
Sparta, TN 38583

Info for other sites
Tennessee's Watchable Wildlife web site