On our days off, Mr. Handsome and I enjoy spending time in the great outdoors. We love Tennessee because it is usually warm enough to be comfortable outside from March through November. When the hot weather hits, one of my favorite places to visit is Cummins Falls in Cookeville.
Located about an hour east of Nashville, Cummins Falls is best described as a natural water park. It truly is unique, and the best part is that it’s free! We make a point of going at least once or twice a year, and we love taking our family and friends. The hike to the waterfall is half a mile. The first leg takes you down to water level, and then you’ll walk through a shallow river to the base of the falls. The water in the river is clear and teeming with small fish, which makes for a beautiful stroll. Be sure to wear waterproof shoes with good traction.
The real jaw dropper comes when you arrive at the waterfall. And after hiking 30-45 minutes in the Tennessee humidity, the water feels so good! Cummins Falls has significantly grown in popularity since we moved to the area three years ago. When we came for the first time in 2015, we nearly had the whole place to ourselves, but once the Nashville newspaper got word of this hidden gem, the crowds started pouring in.
Visiting first thing in the morning is best, and as with any attraction, weekdays are better than weekends. Still, we are surprised by how many of our friends have grown up in the area and have never experienced it. Below is a short video that we made during our excursion to the falls this week.