Tucked away in Tullahoma, Tennessee on private property, Crumpton Creek drops 40 feet at Rutledge Falls and flows west to Normandy Lake. Open to the public by the owners, this chilly water provides much needed relief in Tennessee’s hot Summers for the swimmers that visit. Summer is not the only season to visit this amazing spot though. The Spring wildflowers and Fall colors are incredible as well!
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An hour and 15 minutes southeast of Nashville, in the hills of Tullahoma you will find this gorgeous little hideaway. Located across Rutledge Falls Road from Rutledge Falls Baptist Church you will find the parking area and trail head. If you see the red barn and the driveway with the millstone in the middle you are in the right place. There is a little parking area near the entry. From there you take a short trail to the falls. Although the trail is short, the climb down can be tricky, be sure to wear shoes you are comfortable on slick rocks in. Once you reach the bottom you will be blown away by the beauty of these falls.
About Rutledge Falls
Height: 40 ft
Source: Crumpton Creek
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Things to do:
- Swimming in the Summer months
- Easy hiking
- Have a picnic
- Explore – this is a beautiful area, I promise you will find something engaging
“The Lady of the Falls”
As you make your way down the trail it is hard to miss the statue that watches over the falls. This mysterious looking lady was originally located at the State Capitol grounds and was produced by a company out of Philadelphia, Wood and Perot, as gaslight standards. A part of a set, these statues were named Morning, Noon and Night and were ordered in 1859. According to staff at the Tennessee State Museum the figure at Rutledge Falls is Night. They were removed from the capitol as part of a renovation project and the owner of the falls at the time B. “Pop” Jennings obtained permission to save this one. Jennings dubbed the rescued statue “The Lady of the Fall” and the name stuck.
Rutledge falls is private property. The public is allowed to enjoy it because of the generosity of the owners. Please respect that and pack your trash out (and extra if you can). Help keep this naturally gorgeous area stunning for everyone.
Rutledge Falls is a gorgeous waterfall that many locals have spent their entire childhoods swimming in. Its chilly water and stunning views make it a perfect destination for almost any season. If you come visit be sure to check out these other Tullahoma attractions and the fun stuff just down the road in Lynchburg too.
What are your favorite Middle Tennessee Waterfalls? Greeter, Cumming, Burgess, or some other hidden falls? Tell us in the comments.