Waterloo Falls

145 Virgil Murphy Circle, Cookeville, Tennessee

A waterfall and swimming area in Cookeville, Tennessee

Waterfalls in the Upper Cumberland Region


The secret is out! The Upper Cumberland region has a ton of waterfalls to see.

If you are new to the area or looking for cool places to check out, add Waterloo Falls to your list.

Like other waterfalls in this region, this area is newly opened to the public. The property is situated on 11 acres on a rolling hill, with over 2000 feet of river frontage on Spring Creek, a state scenic river.

While the largest waterfall isn’t as large as Cummins Falls or Burgess Falls, it’s still just as cool and worth checking out. If you’re looking for a low key spot that is not as crowded as the others, this is the place.

The largest waterfall is approximately 40 feet and the other is about 5 feet. Between these two waterfalls, there are smaller waterfalls. The water is shallow between the waterfalls so bring some chairs and kick it on the shoreline or in the river!

Located north of Cookeville, Tennessee, home of Tennessee Tech University, this spot is worth every mile to get there. If you’re coming from a larger city, you’re in luck. You know all those country songs about back roads and rolling Tennessee hills? Well, you will see them because this is the best of rural Tennessee!

For a $6 day pass, you can access Waterloo Falls which includes two waterfalls. To the right of the parking area is the largest waterfall and to the left (and near the bridge you drive over) is the smaller waterfall.

Waterloo Falls even offers a venue space making it the ideal spot to host your event. Amenities include a built-in bar, caterer kitchen, 2 bathrooms including handicap accessible, upstaris bridal suite, firepit and other guest-focused resources.

A few tips & guidelines:

Bring some lawn chairs – you can kick it at the top of the large waterfall or along the river. The water is shallow and keeps you cool! 

It’s relatively easy to access (for the most part). The wooded path and staircase to the bottom of the largest waterfall is strenuous and steep though. (Check out the photos below)

It’s dog-friendly. Just be mindful of others.

It’s not accessible by kayak, canoe or boat. This is a shallow area. It’s made to simply enjoy – that’s what makes this place unique!

There’s a rope that swings out onto the swimming area at the bottom of the waterfalls. Climb up to top of the waterfall, grab the rope and jump on in. It’s kinda a thing – so bring your A-game 😉

Wear good shoes. Just like the other places, forget the flip flops. The rocks are super slick and the paths leading to the bottom of the largest waterfall are rugged.

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