Jackson Falls waterfall and river bed just off Natchez Trace Parkway in TN.

Bare Feet in a Waterfall

Go Go Power Rangers… Don’t. you. ever. stop.

Have you ever had this song in your head for 10 hours? My husband and I have.

I never know what I want to do for Mother’s Day every year that I’m asked. All I knew this year was that I wanted to get out of the house.

Waterfall at Jackson Falls on the Natchez Trace Parkway in TN
Photo: Audra Rogers

I’ve seen several pictures of Jackson Falls on social media from the moms in my moms group and I’ve always said we’ll go someday. They’re located on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tennessee near Columbia.

So this year I asked if we could please go find Jackson Falls and go on a short hike for Mother’s Day so that’s what we did.

I swear, every time we leave the house I can add new humorous items to 4o Things That Happen When You Travel With Kids

It’s about an hour’s drive to Jackson Falls on the Natchez Trace Parkway from where we live so it wasn’t too far, but far enough for “how long until we get there?”

The Falls did not disappoint. It’s a steep hike, but it’s short and the waterfalls were incredible and just right for kids.

Jackson Falls waterfall and river bed just off Natchez Trace Parkway in TN.
Photo: Audra Rogers
Photo: Audra Rogers

We started out with shoes, then water shoes to play in and then just ended up in our bare feet playing in the cool water.

It was so fabulous and refreshing. We climbed and frolicked around for a little while and then my 4 year old put his hand on his stomach and softly whimpered “mommy, I need you.”

I sighed and looked up at the sky. This means he has to use the bathroom, and I’m not talking number 1. We were all the way at the bottom of the Falls.

I would love to have ventured a little further down the river bed but we had to high tail it up the steepest part of the hike to make it to the public bathrooms. We made it in time, thankfully because I didn’t bring spare clothes for anyone.

He proceeded to sit on the toilet and grunt as loud as humanly possible for all to hear, which is kind of his thing. So we got several grins and a few laughs at the shelter from passersby and ultimately made our way on a 1/3 mile hike to the Duck River Lookout Point.

Taking a short hike to the Duck River Lookout Point from Jackson Falls located off of Natchez Trace Parkway in TN.
Photo: Audra Rogers

The path was pretty narrow in some points and there were a few frantic “Is that poison ivy??” bursts but in approximately 10 are-we-there-yets, we made it to the lookout point and hung out for a bit.

It was getting hot so we made our way back to the parking lot.

It was a typical family outing for us. It was a nice easy hike in the long run.

Taking a short hike to the Duck River Lookout Point from Jackson Falls located off of Natchez Trace Parkway in TN.
Photo: Audra Rogers

I was out and about in a natural area with my very favorite boys in the whole world which in my world spells heaven.

It was very much worth the drive and a few minor hiccups.

Taking a short hike to the Duck River Lookout Point from Jackson Falls located off of Natchez Trace Parkway in TN.

I  spent Mother’s Day with my bare feet in a waterfall holding hands with my kids. We rounded out the day with gas station drumsticks of the ice cream variety.

It was my very favorite Mother’s Day to date. Power Rangers, poops and all.

 

Stick your bare feet in a waterfall and hike at Jackson Falls off the Natchez Parkway near Columbia, TN.

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