Kayaking to The Base of Burgess Falls

Kayaking Trips, Waterfalls

This was a trip I had been wanting to do for ages. A friend had told me some time ago that this was doable, but would not share with me how to get there. People are funny. As if they are the only ones to know things and want to hold on to that power somehow. So, when I finally decided to do it,  all it took was a quick google search to find out where to put in.

I borrowed my brother’s kayak and the couple that went with us had an extra my husband could use. The only potential problem was the vehicle we had to take the one kayak. My husband’s car is a Prius. Yep. A Prius. The kayak would not fit in my sedan. We needed a car with a hatch and seats to fold down.

Believe it or not, we got it in there.

Burgess Falls

Ok, maybe not ALL of it fit, but most of it. We bungeed it to the seats and tied the hatch down and off we went.

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We put in at Cane Hollow Road at the Burgess Falls boat ramp. It is not far from the entrance to Burgess Falls State Park.

MAP TO KAYAK TO BURGESS FALLS

The paddle to the falls is about two miles and the water is very calm. Most of the boats that went by did their best to slow down so the wakes would not be too big. There were a few that did not, but it was no big deal.

It was hotter than blue blazes on the day we went. By the way, make sure to take PLENTY of water. I recommend freezing a few bottles the night before so they stay ice cold if you aren’t taking a small cooler.

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As the map above indicates you put in and then go straight across the lake to the cove that takes you to the falls. It actually dead ends right at the falls. The pic above shows the put in to the right. I was hanging out waiting for the rest of my group to hurry up so we could get the show on the road, or the water rather.

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The guys took off and left us. They have been friends forever and have a great time together. Always so much laughter when they get together. You would almost not realize that Kristie and I had to drag them out to do this. I think they were actually having fun.

Burgess Falls

Several times we had to pull over to the side and get some shade for a few minutes. There was almost no wind and it was in the nineties and, of course, 100% humidity.

The falls are absolutely gorgeous!

Burgess FallsI pulled over and got out so I could get my shots. As usual, I had all my gear and tripod. I knew that I would be taking my time here on this day. No hurries. The other three kayaked right up to the base and ended up hanging out on the side to wait for me.

Burgess Falls

The water level was high enough that some ‘bigger than kayaks and canoes’ boats could get pretty close. The larger pontoon and ski boats hung back and anchored and the kids jumped in and swam up to the falls. Please note I DID see a snake in the water.

Burgess Falls

After about an hour we headed back.

Burgess Falls

As you can see there were several on their way in as we were leaving. It was a beautiful day spent with great friends. We plan on going back to Center Hill Lake and exploring more of the waterfalls in the area.

For more information check out the links below.

http://www.southeasternoutdoors.com/public-lands/lakes/center-hill/cane-hollow-burgess-falls.html

https://tnstateparks.com/parks/activities/burgess-falls

Happy Kayaking!

Lori