Burden Falls Wilderness is in Pope County, in the North West corner of the Shawnee National Forest. Just a short drive from Bell Smith Springs and Jackson Falls. I would highly recommend combining this with one of these other hiking trails.
Burden Falls Wilderness is composed of hiking and horse trails, but why most people visit is the actual Burden Falls.
The top of the waterfall is located almost directly off the parking lot, making this ideal for someone who doesn’t want to hike far. When entering or exiting the tiny parking lot, you probably drove through Burden Creek that becomes the waterfall in a few feet.
The upper cascades is only a few feet tall, but very lovely to see the creek dropping over standstone ledges.
The path crosses Burden Creek after the first upper cascade. From the north you can see a side view of the main falls. Continuing down the rock wall will give you the best views from the bottom of the falls.
View of the falls as you’re coming down the side of the rock wall.
In dry summer weather, the falls are only a trickle. But if you manage to visit after a rainy period, you can really see it flowing. This is a great spot to visit in Spring, when it’s rainier and not as hot.
I hope you’re all blessed with friends who will dance under waterfalls with you.
View of the creek as it flowed away from the falls.
Disclaimer: Some of these were taken on a cell phone in 2016, so they aren’t up to my normal dslr quality.