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