8 Under the Radar Outdoor Escapes

8 Under the Radar Outdoor Escapes

By Nashville Explorers Club
Wednesday, May 17 2017

There’s something about being the only person sitting by a waterfall, the only kayaker on the lake or the only hiker on the trail. These are the spots people don't talk about because once you discover them, you want them all to yourself. Treat your soul with these eight places of solitude. These eight wonders of the Volunteer State are brought to you by @NashvilleExplorersClub, a community of photographers who inspire fellow explorers to embark on new adventures. Follow along with @NashvilleExplorersClub on Instagram and their website, nashvilleexplorers.club.

Discover a Secluded Spot at Suter Falls at Savage Gulf State Natural Area
Photo by @whitethunder303

Discover a Secluded Spot at Suter Falls

I hadn't heard much about this spot and discovered once you arrive at the falls, you can stay on the path and access Horsepound trail to hop in the water for a nice swim before heading back.

Discover a Secluded Spot at Suter Falls
Free   .  Savage Gulf State Natural Area   .  Palmer
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Test Your Toughness on Fiery Gizzard Trail at South Cumberland State Park
Photo by @beauty_era

Test Your Toughness on Fiery Gizzard Trail

The lush greens popped as I took the rock steps down to the river and hiked alongside the water until reaching Sycamore Falls. You feel like you're not even in Tennessee anymore! If you're in it for the long haul, you can hike the whole 12.5 miles to Foster Falls, another great, quiet spot!

Test Your Toughness on Fiery Gizzard Trail
Free   .  South Cumberland State Park   .  Monteagle
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Escape to the Shores of Center Hill Lake at Center Hill Lake
Photo by @ayla_leah

Escape to the Shores of Center Hill Lake

I know what you're thinking, not really secret. But any spot this expansive is sure to have secrets of its own. I found a gravel road down to the lake, took my kayak out, and ultimately found my way to Burgess Falls!

Escape to the Shores of Center Hill Lake
Free   .  Center Hill Lake   .  Lancaster
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Voyage Through Vegetation to Virgin Falls at Virgin Falls
Photo by @hikechattanooga

Voyage Through Vegetation to Virgin Falls

Think you're up for something a bit more challenging? Try this nine-mile roundtrip hike through what feels like a jungle to Virgin Falls.

Voyage Through Vegetation to Virgin Falls
Free   .  Virgin Falls   .  Sparta
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Explore the Solitude of Bells Bend Park at Bells Bend Park
Photo by @eastcoasttrailsco

Explore the Solitude of Bells Bend Park

A quiet park close to Nashville where the trail hugs the Cumberland. Be sure to check out Old School restaurant afterward!

Explore the Solitude of Bells Bend Park
Free   .  Bells Bend Park   .  Nashville
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Experience the Great Outdoors at Natchez Trace State Park at Natchez Trace State Park
Photo by @natebirtwell

Experience the Great Outdoors at Natchez Trace State Park

A little over an hour outside of Nashville, I found Natchez Trace State Park. What a great spot, as we only saw about three other people in the over 9000 acres!

Experience the Great Outdoors at Natchez Trace State Park
Free   .  Natchez Trace State Park   .  Wildersville
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Marvel at the Beauty of Ozone Falls at Ozone Falls
Photo by @backpackersjournal

Marvel at the Beauty of Ozone Falls

I've been to Ozone Falls multiple times, and there's never been anyone else there. Definitely one of the region's best kept secrets. Even better—the 110-foot falls is only about a quarter of a mile from the road!

Marvel at the Beauty of Ozone Falls
Free   .  Ozone Falls   .  Rockwood
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Make a Stop at Jackson Falls at Jackson Falls Trail
Photo by @Elevation Maplogs

Make a Stop at Jackson Falls

On my way down the Natchez Trace Parkway, I opted to make a pitstop at Jackson Falls. There was once again nobody there but me!

Make a Stop at Jackson Falls
Free   .  Jackson Falls Trail   .  Duck River
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8 Under the Radar Outdoor Escapes
8 Under the Radar Outdoor Escapes