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See Tennessee's Best Waterfalls

Explore the best waterfalls that Tennessee has to offer, all in one day. Limited to 12 people, this day tour takes you around Middle Tennessee to enjoy sweeping views of Burgess Falls State Park, Rock Island State Park — and our favorite stops in between. Every detail is carefully planned to make the most of your day.

6-8 hours


Middle Tennessee


  • See six of Tennessee’s BEST waterfalls across the state
  • Explore four of the falls at Burgess Falls State Park, which cascade down a total of 250 feet on our hike.
  • See the remaining two waterfalls at Rock Island State Park. This includes Twin Falls and Great Falls. 
  • We’ll also be stopping for lunch and treats throughout the tour.

Tour Details

On this tour, we’ve planned out everything on your behalf so you can focus on enjoying the sights. Expect expert storytelling and history from our passionate navigator. Each stop allows time to ensure you get to experience the food, culture, or scenery that Tennessee offers. Highlights include Burgess Falls State Park, where you’ll be able to hike and see one of Tennessee’s largest waterfalls, and a visit to Rock Island State Park to see some geology like none other in the state.

Here’s more of what you can expect during this small-group adventure:

Burgess Falls State Park is one of the best ways to start any kind of waterfall tour. Burgess Falls State Park boasts 4 waterfalls along the short trail hike, each fall larger than the last! The last fall along the trail has a beautiful over look that is perfect for photos. The Rock Island Market will be our lunch stop on the way to the next set of waterfalls, and boy does that place have a cult following. Open from breakfast to dinner, they have home cooked food to serve just about every appetite. Next we’ll be headed to probably oddest of the waterfalls, and that is Twin Falls inside of Rock Island State Park. Twin Falls is a gorgeous cascading group of falls in what appears to be the middle of a bluff. We’ll go into more details on the tour why it looks like Twins Falls is gushing out of the middle of the Earth! To sweeten up the trip, we’ll head over to the Rock Island Trolley Stop where you can enjoy the best ice cream, shakes, smoothies, sundaes, and more! Our next location is not too far away. We’ll then drive to Great Falls, which is also located in Rock Island State Park. Great Falls has a very unique horseshoe-shaped curve to the falls, and above the falls sits hundreds of rock mounds that seem like hundreds of small islands, hence the name of the park!

Tour Details - Tennessee's Top Waterfalls Tour - XPLR Tours


What is the group size of a Waterfall Tour?
The group size can depend on the navigator, but for this tour, having groups of 12 people or less per vehicle helps to best create a small-group adventure. 

How crowded does it get at the stops for these waterfalls?
While we can’t predict the crowds, our navigator know the best times to visit the stops on this tour to ensure you have the space and time to enjoy your surroundings.

Can you accommodate wheelchairs?
At this time, we cannot guarantee that individuals that need accommodations will be able to take this specific tour because of the nature of the trail at Burgess Falls State Park. Other than the trail at Burgess Falls State Park, other sites are ADA accessible, minus a few stairs near the overlook of Great Falls. Our vans, however, cannot accommodate for wheelchairs.

What should I bring on the tour?
XPLR Tours will provide snacks and water. Please bring money for lunch at the Rock Island Market and ice cream at Rock Island Trolley Stop (around $15 per person for lunch and up to $10 per person for ice cream), close-toed shoes, a hat, sunscreen and a camera.

Can you accommodate dietary needs and restrictions on this tour?
If you have special dietary restrictions that would not be able to be typically accommodated at a small town market restaurant, please let us know in advance so that we can coordinate. We will typically have coolers and can store a lunch that you may bring.

Who is this tour suitable for?
This is the ideal tour for families, couples, friends and friend groups, and solo travelers. We welcome ages 9 and up (over 57 inches tall for kids per Tennessee State Law) on this waterfall tour, and with just 12 people per vehicle, this is a family-friendly tour.

How much walking do you do on the Top Waterfalls tour?
This tour allows people to explore at their fitness and comfort level. Throughout the day, we make a handful of stops for people to get out and enjoy the lush and unique landscapes of Tennessee. All walks are optional, but the longest hike will be the Burgess Falls State Park waterfall trail, which is a moderate hike, and just over a mile roundtrip. 

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