Burgess Falls State Park, Cummins Falls, Cane Creek Park, TTU Campus, Arda Lee's Hidden Hollow Park
Burgess Falls is a state park with 3 waterfalls, really nice little hike with a path and you can hike down to the bottom of the falls for the more adventurous. Cummins falls is on private property, several hundred feet drop, dangerous to hike down but beautiful overlook, Cane Creek Park great place for the kids: man made lake, TTU campus: intramural fields, etc., Hidden Hollow private park off the beaten path with a petting zoo, swings over the man made lake, volleyball court, waterfall, hiking, great fun for everyone. At night it lights up.
Burgess Falls State Natural Area
I mention Burgess Falls State Natural Area on my Tennessee page as an 'Off the Beaten Path' activity. If you are going to be in Cookeville for any length of time, it should be elevated to a 'Must See.' The park consists primarily of the land and water along a short section of river with three falls areas.
The upper falls appear more as a series of cascades. They are beautiful, but there is not a clearly defined falls. The middle falls are a great, wide falls and would probably qualify for their own park in many places. The lower falls are narrower but much higher than the middle falls. They are awe-inspiring as so many falls tend to be. I have a complete page on this area on my personal website at Burgess Falls.
The park has a little picnic area with various benches and a volleyball court. Many of the locals come there on nice days.
One of my favorite things to do is to take walks on college campuses. A good campus is always laid out in a way that creates many scenic walks. Older colleges are often better than new ones, but even some new ones are great.
Tennessee Tech is a good walking campus. The administration building sits at the end of two rows of buildings in the oldest part of the campus. A one-lane road goes down one row, circles, and then goes down the other. These are red brick buildings with some concrete features. One even has columns. Near one of the buildings is a fairly large ginkgo tree. The ginkgo is one of the oldest species of trees on the planet.
Beyond the administration building is the student union building. It isn't particularly exciting, but the road beyond it has a couple of more academic buildings and some trees. There's a big, wide open grassy area leading to the president's home.
To one side of the student union building are more academic buildings. The chemical engineering building was down there, and while it isn't really a gorgeous part of campus, it will always hold a special place for me.
A nice thing about the campus is that the football stadium has the track and is open to walkers and joggers when there are no events in the stadium. I used to go there and walk the stairs of the stadium. I never lost any weight, but I strengthened my legs very well. I also used to enjoy resting occasionally at the top of the stadium and just looking over the campus.