Driving along the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway, you’ll find Jackson Falls, one of the Trace’s most popular sites at milepost 404.7. The falls are located along the intermittent Jackson Branch that empties into the Duck River and named after President Andrew Jackson.
There is a large parking area with bathrooms and a picnic area where we grabbed lunch before heading down the hiking trail.
Picnic area right off of the parking lot
From the parking lot, the trail leading to Jackson Falls is a short and steep concrete sidewalk that leads to a clear pool at the base of the falls.
Railings as you descend and drop offs become apparent
View of the falls from the end of the walkway
Base of the falls
Especially for children, be sure to bring bathing suits, towels, and footwear with good traction. The falls have steps that they’ll love climbing up to get their picture taken and there are natural slides going into the pools a the base of the slides that they’ll enjoy sliding into.
Our Shihtzu “Teddy” cooling off by the falls
Once you are done cooling off at the base of the falls there is a path to the right of the falls where you can climb onto the upper level. The upper level is flat and there is a large “platform” on which you can stand and observe the upper portion of the falls of which I tried to capture in the photos and video below.
View from the upper portion of the falls
Upper portion of the falls
Teddy watching the water move down past him
The steep concrete walkway back up to the parking lot.