An old deteriorating building on the grounds of Cummins Falls State Park located in Jackson, Co. Tennessee….Every February these daffodils pop up as if to let everyone know that Spring is almost here. If you are planning a visit to Cummins Falls soon, you will not only see this amazing scene, but also one of the largest and beautiful waterfalls in Tennessee!
Cummins Falls State Park is a 282-acre State Park park located nine miles north of Cookeville, TN. on the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River. It is located in the Cordell Hull Watershed, and the area has been a scenic spot and swimming hole for local residents of Jackson and Putnam counties for more than 100 years. Cummins Falls is Tennessee’s eighth largest waterfall in volume of water and is 75 feet high.
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From the moment I saw them I was in awe! Don’t let the name fool you…the Badlands are far from bad. The peaks and gullies, ancient rock formations and bands of color are mesmerizing and beautiful. Particularly in the golden hour of early morning and late afternoon, when soft low light throws shadows and brings the landscape to life. During those hours the true beauty of the Park reveals itself.
Our trip was in early September and surprisingly the number of tourists and traffic was pretty low. One morning I was up well before sunrise and in the park and to my delight barely saw any other people. I felt like I had the Badlands all to myself, but for the distant howls of a pack of coyotes.
On the first day I felt a bit overwhelmed by what seemed like an endless expanse of ridges, spires, buttes and otherworldly terrain, but slowly, as time passed, I began to focus on smaller areas and take in the more subtle aspects of the area and appreciate its detail. We had 3 days…we needed three times that.
In addition to the fascinating landscapes, there is a variety of wildlife in the Badlands. We saw Bison, Bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, jack rabbits and deer, but there are also rattlesnakes, black-footed ferrets and coyotes to name a few, not to mention, many species of birds.
It was a short trip, just 3 days. A good start to many more treks to South Dakota and into the Badlands.
The scenic road of my previous post looks pretty good going the opposite direction. If you consistently travel a favorite route in search of a subject to photograph, don’t forget to occasionally reverse directions. A change in perspective can look surprisingly different even though it might feel like the same old thing.
Blackburn Fork road runs along a portion of Blackburn Fork River. Located on the Highland Rim in the Upper Cumberland Plateau, Blackburn Fork river is a tributary of the Roaring River originating near Cookeville, Tennessee. The rivers most significant geological, scenic and recreational feature is Cummins Falls which is the eighth largest waterfall in Tennessee and is located within Cummins Falls State Park. Smallmouth Bass are a favorite catch for anglers who wade the river or fish from it’s rocky banks.