Although probably not the most well known or recognizable waterfall in Tennessee, Machine Falls has a special beauty all its own. The centerpiece of Short Springs State Natural Area, Machine Falls is perhaps most scenic in the early spring after heavy rains and the intense green of the season to frame the falls. It's located in the southern part of Middle Tennessee and is a short 15 minute hike from the trail head. It may be one of world's easiest trail heads to find as you park under a giant water tower with the name "Short Springs" on it.
Hiking in at sunrise during a rain shower in 45F degree weather pretty much eliminated all possibility of seeing anyone else. I enjoyed the short walk through the forest before the trail started to wind downhill with the loud rush of the stream and waterfall pulling me closer. There's not much of a trail once you arrive at the stream so a little bit of creek wading was necessary to reach the falls. But the cold and wet are quickly forgotten when you arrive at the base of the falls and take in the incredible scene.
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