Cummins Falls in Tennessee

Looking out over the waterfall down below at Cummins Falls State Park in Tennessee

Looking out over the waterfall down below at Cummins Falls State Park in Tennessee during our Tennessee Waterfalls trip.

It is difficult to judge the height of these waterfalls, but this one is 75 feet tall, which to me is a pretty good size, because, as I have mentioned before, we don’t have waterfalls of any size near where we live. You can at times access the base of the falls. However, it requires a permit, strenuous hiking, wading through water, and climbing and crossing slippery rocks. Besides all of that, the gorge trail was closed on the day that we were there because of all the rain that had come through before our visit. But that is okay, because we still enjoyed the view from the overlook.

Laura at the waterfall overlook at Cummins Falls State Park in Tennessee

Although I have not presented the parks in the order of our visit, Cummins Falls was the third of the four Tennessee State Parks that we visited. The park was slightly smaller than the others, and it has only the one waterfall that you can see here.

Cummins Falls is a relatively newer state park, created in 2011. It has a very nice visitors’ center, which included an interpretive center and some knowledgeable and helpful rangers. And the trail that takes you through the park to the falls overlook and through the woods is well-maintained, too. So it was definitely worth our time and a great stop on our Tennessee Waterfalls trip.

Make It Known

I love waterfalls. I love the beach and the ocean. Lakes and rivers are pretty nice, too. I like the water. There is something fascinating about a large body of water. There is something powerful about water rushing over a waterfall. There is something calm about a still lake or a lazy stream. There is so much to love about water.

You may have figured out my love for water things from the various Burnsland posts that include beaches, waterfalls, oceans, rivers, and so on. You might also figure out other things that I love by seeing patterns in some other regular subjects in these posts, too. You can tell what I love because I let you know.

We are called by Jesus to love one another. And Jesus said that people will know that we follow him if we have love for one another. Do we truly love each other? Does it show in the things that we do and the words that we say? Are we as Christians different from the rest of the world because we let God’s love flow out of us?

If it is not obvious, we need to make a change. We need to show love to one another however we can, whenever we can. It is what we are told to do.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. - John 13:34-35

Love One Another

About the Photos

These photos were a little more challenging because of the sunlight. On the previous day, we were wishing for more sunglight and fewer sprinkles, and so we were happy to see the sun overall. But it did cause some uneven lighting on the waterfall in the gorge down below us. I was able to even out things a good bit, however, thanks to several photo processing techniques.

Sunlight is a blessing, but it can also make photos slightly difficult.

Photo: Each photo is a single Raw exposure, processed in Raw Therapee and GIMP.
Camera: Sony Alpha A7 II
Lens: Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens
Date: April 13, 2024
Location: Cummins Falls State Park, Tennessee

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Burnsland is Steve Burns, with generous help from his lovely wife Laura. Steve is a husband, father, photographer, webmaster, writer, podcaster, artist, Christian. Steve enjoys sharing his photography, art, and stories through, from the Burnsland World Headquarters in Tennessee.