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Visiting Jackson Falls and Stillhouse Hollow Falls in Tennessee

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A visit to Jackson Falls and Stillhouse Hollow Falls in Tennessee.

Two Beautiful Falls in Tennessee

I enjoyed visiting both Jackson Falls and Stillhouse Hollow Falls, and I have photos and videos of both falls below.

The Jackson Falls trail is paved and much easier and shorter than the trail to Stillhouse Falls. I saw families with small children there.

Stillhouse Hollow Falls is a slightly more rugged trip, and the falls have a ledge that is both tempting and a little hazardous. I have seen pictures of children climbing on the ledge that goes behind Stillhouse Hollow Falls. I wouldn't be comfortable letting my children climb on that ledge, but then I wasn't really comfortable climbing on it myself, so maybe it's just me. It would be easy to slip if you are not very careful. When it comes to heights, I am very careful. I hope that statement makes my wife feel better. She was not thrilled when she saw the video of me on that narrow ledge behind Stillhouse Hollow Falls.

1. Jackson Falls, Tennessee

Jackson Falls Tennessee on the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Jackson Falls Tennessee on the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Jackson Falls is less than an hour from my middle Tennessee home and is located on the Natchez Trace Parkway at milepost 404.7. The parking area includes a large bathroom facility and picnic area. The Baker Bluff Overlook with a beautiful view of the valley below is less than 1/2 mile from the Jackson Falls parking area.

The falls were not crowded this November day. There were a couple of cars in the parking lot when I arrived, and by the time I left, several more had arrived.

Jackson Falls Parking Area

Parking lot directly off of the Natchez Trace Parkway.  The area has restrooms and picnic areas.

Parking lot directly off of the Natchez Trace Parkway. The area has restrooms and picnic areas.

Paved path to the waterfall

Paved path to the waterfall

A Marker Tells of the Theft of Jackson Branch

The trail marker below says: "This trail descends to Jackson Falls, a beautifully sculptured cascade that seems ageless. But it isn’t. For thousands of years before the falls existed, Jackson Branch flowed into this high valley, isolated from the Duck River below.

Then in a classic case of “stream piracy,” the Duck River captured Jackson Branch. The flooding river and other erosional agents wore away at the bluffs, cutting a new channel through the faults in the rock. At the site of Jackson Falls, the diverted stream slipped down into the Duck River valley, abandoning its former course."

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Jackson Falls

Jackson Falls

Short Two-Minute Video of Jackson Falls

2. Stillhouse Hollow Falls, Tennessee

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Stillhouse Hollow Falls is 25.5 miles from Jackson Falls. The parking area has a rocky steep drive that does not even look like a road. It is directly off of Highway 43 near Mount Pleasant Tennessee. The trail to the falls is approximately 2/3 of a mile from the parking area, and it has some steps and bridges to help cross steep areas and creeks.

When you arrive at the falls you are near the top. The trail to the right takes you to the top of the falls. The view is nice, but the real view is seen by taking a left when you reach the falls. The path to the left also has some steep areas with stairs, and there is a bridge over a creek. After you cross that bridge, the trail turns back to the right and heads toward the falls.

Stillhouse Hollow Falls Sign

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Rules on the sign in the photo above:

  • Day use only. Area closes at dusk.
  • Stay on the trail. No off trail hiking.
  • Do not pick flowers. Leave them for others to enjoy. Collecting of any plants is prohibited.
  • No alcohol is allowed in the natural area or parking lot.
  • Do not litter. Pack out your trash.

Bridge Over Stream on Path to Stillhouse Hollow Falls

This is one of the longer and narrower bridges on the path to Stillhouse Falls.

This is one of the longer and narrower bridges on the path to Stillhouse Falls.

The Ledge Behind the Falls

A narrow, slippery rock ledge goes part of the way behind the falls.  I could only walk about 1/3 of the way behind the falls, because the narrow ledge becomes very steep, and gets even more narrow.

A narrow, slippery rock ledge goes part of the way behind the falls. I could only walk about 1/3 of the way behind the falls, because the narrow ledge becomes very steep, and gets even more narrow.

Stillhouse Hollow Falls and My Unsteady Walk Behind the Falls

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 Ron Grimes

Comments

Ron Grimes (author) from Tennessee on November 20, 2018:

Thank you, Norma Davis. I appreciate your comment. I love waterfalls too. Nature is filled with incredible beauty.

Norma Davis on November 20, 2018:

Hello Rom

Your presentation was inspiring. I have been wanting to travel and I love waterfalls. Thank you for developing this educational journey.

Ron Grimes (author) from Tennessee on November 19, 2018:

Poppy, thank you for the kind words. We love living in Tennessee.

Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on November 19, 2018:

What lovely photos and lots of information about this place. I briefly lived in Tennessee in the summer of 2014 and sometimes went on nice hikes like this. I would love to visit the USA again as the people there were always very friendly and welcoming.

Ron Grimes (author) from Tennessee on November 19, 2018:

Thank you, Liz Westwood. I very much appreciate your comment.

Liz Westwood from UK on November 19, 2018:

This is an interesting and well-illustrated article.