Jackson Falls Along The Natchez Trace Parkway

Photo of Jackson Falls in Tennessee

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.

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There is a large parking area with bathrooms and a picnic area where we grabbed lunch before heading down the hiking trail.

Photo of Jackson Falls picnic area
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.

Photo of concrete walkway to Jackson Falls
Concrete walkway
Photo of concrete walkway to Jackson Falls
Railings as you descend and drop offs become apparent
Photo of Jackson Falls
View of the falls from the end of the walkway

Photo of Jackson Falls
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.

Photo of our Shihtzu Teddy by Jackson Falls
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.

Photo of the view from the top of Jackson Falls
View from the upper portion of the falls
Photo of the upper level of Jackson Falls
Upper portion of the falls

Photo of our Shihtzu Teddy watching the water move down past him at the top of Jackson Falls
Teddy watching the water move down past him
Photo of the concrete walkway going back up to the parking lot
The steep concrete walkway back up to the parking lot.

 

3 Comments

  1. April 9, 2019 / 7:41 pm

    Jennifer Hammer Macdonald we should check this out while we’re in Nashville for DMB.

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