When you hear someone say they have a love obsession with water, you might instantly think of the ocean. We might include all forms of water, from a puddle all the way to the tides of the ocean. Either way, I think we all are a little obsessed with water in our own way.
JFK said it best when he spoke at a dinner for the America’s Cup Crew on September 14, 1962 when he said “I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came.”
With that in mind, until I make it back to the ocean, waterfalls will have to do for now.
Burgess Falls is named after Tom Burgess, a Revolutionary War veteran that settled along Falling Water River in 1790. Burgess Falls later became a state park in 1971, and is located in both Putnam County and White County, Tennessee. It covers 350 acres and has a 136 foot cataract waterfall that I can only describe as awe inspiring to see. From the overlook, you would swear that you were in another country with the way the water flows like a white ribbon over the side.
However, before you get to see the majesty of this particular waterfall, you have a choice to either hike a 1.5 mile trail that follows the bluff along the southern bank of a gorge, complete with cascades, or you can take the easy way and follow the gravel road that leads to the overlook.
Toward the bottom is a stairway that leads to the bottom of the falls; however, every time I have been, it has been closed due to flooding (usually, I either go around or over the big warning signs as safely as I can to get the shot I am looking for).
One thing to consider when visiting Burgess Falls is that cell phone reception is spotty, if not non-existent in places. If you go, be sure to forewarn anyone that knows your whereabouts that you are going and may not have cell signal so that they don’t worry if they cannot get ahold of you right away (I think I gave my wife a mini heart attack last time I went).