It’s late February, and the weather is finally warming up. It’s time to get up, shed those scarves and heavy coats, and put back on your hiking gear.

With the Great Smoky Mountains crossing through Tennessee and the 12 national parks across the state, we aren’t lacking on great places to take your family for good scenery, nature, and exercise.

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  1. Cummins Falls State Park

    1. Located Northwest of Cookeville in Jackson County, TN., this state park is named after this 75-foot waterfall off of Blackburn Fork State Scenic River.
  2. Big Falls at Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park

    1. Located in Manchester, TN., this trail is ridden with waterfalls and Native American history and artifacts.
  3. Grotto Falls

    1. Nestled within the expansive Great Smoky Mountains, Grotto falls is a 3-mile trail that’s abreast of forest and this 25-foot waterfall.
  4. Bald River Falls

    1. Located in Tellico Plains, TN., this waterfall is a soaring 90-feet tall inside the  Unicoi Range of mountains near the Tennessee/ North Carolina state line.
  5. Twin Falls

    1. Twin Falls can be found in the Rock Island State Park, a 883 acre expanse located in Warren/ White Counties on Center Hill Lake at the junction of the Caney Fork, Collins and Rocky Rivers.
  6. Stinging Fork Falls

    1. Stinging Fork Falls are located west of Spring City, TN. The waterfall is 30-feet tall, surrounded by an oak-pine forest and steep cliffs in the Stinging Fork gorge.
  7. Laurel Falls

    1. Also found within the Great Smoky Mountains, Laurel Falls is 80-feet tall and located on the Laurel trail, named after the Laurel Branch mountain shrub. With two sections and divided by a walkway which crosses the stream at the base of the upper falls, Laurel Falls is one of the most popular hiking trails.

National Parks are a great way to get your family together, and all of these falls have accessible spots for photo ops and nature-watching.

Whether it’s a day trip or weekend getaway, I’d suggest taking your family and loved ones through these trails to see the waterfalls of Tennessee.

To view more of Tennessee’s state parks and walking trails, visit the TN State Parks website.