Since our little family of four moved to middle Tennessee (south of Nashville) in 2015, we've sorta become addicted to chasing waterfalls. I think we were just so starved for natural beauty, green, and rushing waters after living in big city Dallas for 11 years! So we started taking mini road trips on Saturday or Sunday afternoons to explore the many waterfalls within a 2 hour drive of the Nashville area.
I've since learned a fun fact: waterfalls release tens of thousands of negative ions per cubic centimeter - 3 or 4 times the amount of normal fresh air. Negative ions help lift our mood, reduce anxiety, strengthen resistance to illness and even keep our airways functioning well. There are literally good vibes coming out of waterfalls! Which explains why we can't stay away.
In this post I'm keeping a running list of the waterfalls we've visited (and re-visited) so far - all doable and fun adventures with our two young girls (3 and 7 when we started). One day I'll be a hardcore rock climber wearing Athleta gear 24/7, but this is real life with small children, ya know?
Before you read, keep this big tip in mind: go to Instagram and check the hashtag (or location tag) for the waterfall you're wanting to visit. For example #fosterfalls. Look at the most recent posts and see how much water was flowing in the photos other people just posted.
Lesson learned the hard way...we once visited Foster Falls one October with friends from out of town and when got to the bottom, it was eerily quiet... there was no waterfall, just a big silent pool. Womp womp.
Now, I always check beforehand to ensure that the water is flowing.
Foster Falls (Sequatchie, TN)