south cumberland state park

Greeter Fals by Jesse Lords

A couple weeks ago, following some amazing rain storms, I decided that go check out Greeter Falls. The thing about a lot of the falls in Tennessee (and I assume everywhere) is that if you don't go at the right time, they are rather disappointing. We had probably 8 inches of rain so i figured, this would be a good time. I was either lucky or right. Either way, I ended up wth an image I was happy with. Greeter Falls is in South Cumberland State Park, which is an amazing place for hiking, camping, and rock climbing in Tennessee. The hike down to the falls was easy, but of course I had to complicate everything by trying to cross the river to shoot the falls from the other side because I thought the composition with the light was better from the other bank. After about three hours of hiking and climbing down the river looking for a place to cross without success, I gave up and went back to the falls. By the time I made it back, the light had improved and I was able to get this shot.

The thing I find the most difficult about shooting waterfalls is dealing with the spray. My lens gets wet and droplets appear as fast as I can wipe them away. With all the frustration and headaches experienced on this trip, it would have been worth it even if I didn't get an image. Just being outdoors enjoying nature!

Location: Greeter Falls, Savage Gulf Natural Area, Lower Falls Trail, Altmont, TN 37301

Main Visitor Center: 931-924-2980

Park Brochure: 

Difficulty: Moderate 

Tips: Wait until there has been a really good rain, otherwise you might be going to see a cliff with nothing more than a trickle of water.

Gear Used:

  • Canon 5D Mk III
  • Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens
  • Lee Filters 77mm Landscape Essentials Kit
  • Lee Landscape Polarizer
  • Zomei Z888C Carbon Fiber Tripod and Ball Head