Fall Creek Falls State Park Travel Guide

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    On our way to the Falls
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Fall Creek Falls State Park Things to Do

  • Cane Creek Cascades

    Just behind the Betty Dunn Nature Center you will find a short trail leading to Cane Creek Cascades. This is a particularly popular spot not only because of it's scenic beauty, but it is also a favorite place to play in the creek and cool off on a hot summer day.Although many people wade in the shallow water both above and below the cascades,...

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  • Cane Creek Falls

    Just a few hundred feet below the Cane Creek Cascades is the spectacular Cane Creek Falls. The view from above the falls is somewhat limited, however, there is a stone platform which gives a side view of the falls and a better view of the natural rock ampitheatre which it has carved out over thousands of years.For the truly adventureous there is a...

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  • Millikan's Overlook

    Millikan's Overlook is one of several scenic vistas you will find along the Gorge Scenic Drive Motor Nature Trail, offering panoramic views of Cane Creek Gorge as Cane Creek passes out of the park. The overlook is named for Dr. Glen A. Millikan, a scientist who often visited the area before falling to his death while on a climbing trip in the park...

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  • The Old Swimming Hole

    There are two swimming pools at Fall Creek Falls, one at the Inn and also a public olympic-sized pool at the village, complete with bath house and lifeguards. However, many people, like myself, prefer to swim in one of the clear, cool swimming holes you will find, such as this one along Cane Creek. This natural swimming area, very popular with...

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  • More than You Can Do in One Vacation

    A visit to Fall Creek Falls State Park can be as relaxing or as activity-filled as anyone could desire. Here is a list of the many ammenities that await you:FACILITIES:Inn / RestaurantConference CenterCabins / VillasTop Rated Golf CourseGolf Pro ShopGroup Lodges / Group CampsIndividual CampgroundsNature CenterRecreation CenterGift ShopTennis...

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  • Fall Creek Falls

    The highest of four major waterfalls, and namesake for the state park, is Fall Creek Falls. This jaw dropping waterfall plunges 256 feet into a shaded rock-strewn pool, making it the highest waterfall in America east of the Rockies. The view of the falls from across the gorge is easily accessed via a short paved path. However, those who want to go...

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Fall Creek Falls State Park Restaurants

  • Just OK BBQ - Good for a Change

    Lunch is a good time to stop by the Fire House Grill. There is an antique fire truck out front, and a full-on smoker too! Now a take-out only establishment, you order inside (there is a little, tiny mini-mart too), then take your grub outside where you can eat on one of the picnic benches. No bathrooms (a problem if, like us, you are coming out of...

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  • Horrible Food Rude Owners

    We were greeted (no greeting) by a rude person. We ordered 4 pulled pork sandwiches. We started eating and within the first bite we were horrified by the salt! We thought there must have been a mishap in the kitchen, so we told them, they were so rude. They acted like we were crazy, "that's how we do it here, give me those sanwiches, and I'll eat...

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  • Stay away from the Memorial Day Buffet

    My family was the first in line to be served at the Memorial Day buffet which was supposed to open at 11 a.m. The buffet opened fifteen minutes late. Don't do this if you are in a hurry.We had read glowing reviews about how great the food was at this place. It seemed like a must do while we were in the park. To the folks who wrote a review on April...

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Fall Creek Falls State Park Transportation

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    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Everyone who visits Fall Creek Falls State Park will need their own vehicle since there is no public transportation available anywhere near the park. While here, you will definitely want to drive the one-way Gorge Scenic Drive Motor Nature Trail.

    This loop road begins about half way between the Fall Creek Village and Fall Creek Inn. It leads past the parking area to Fall Creek Falls, and takes you by several overlooks of Cane Creek Gorge that cuts approximately 800 feet into the Cumberland Plateau. The bottom of the gorge occupies about 2,000 acres and contains remnants of one of the few remaining virgin forests in the state of Tennessee. Access to the bottom of the gorge is only by hiking trail.

    A spur off the Motor Nature Trail leads to the trailhead for Piney Falls. This falls is a short easy hike and one of the prettiest spots in the park.

    Karen at Buzzard's Roost overlooking the Gorge
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Fall Creek Falls State Park Warnings and Dangers

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    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Most of the 20,000 acres which comprise Fall Creek Falls State Park is wilderness, and with that comes inherent dangers. There are high cliffs, loose rocks, swift water, poisonous snakes and plants and other dangers associated with the wild places. Please use caution and respect the dangers, however none of them should cause undue concern if your are careful. Obey all signage. Do not leave children unattended at any time.

    This photo is of my son, Jeromy, venturing much too close to the edge of a sheer 200-feet-high cliff. Such places make me nervous, and I stay well back from the edge. The cliffs are extremely attractive, but some people have fallen from them to their deaths.

    Jeromy Overlooking the Fall Creek Gorge
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Fall Creek Falls State Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Fall Creek Lake

    Fishermen will find outstanding opportunities within Fall Creek Falls State Park. Fall Creek Lake is home to the state record catches of two species, channel catfish and bream, and the streams in the park also are good for fishing. Canoes, pedal boats and fishing boats with electric motors may be rented at the boat dock. Privately-owned boats are...

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  • A Wonderland for Hikers

    There are 10 short hiking trails in Fall Creek Falls State Park, ranging in length from .2 to 4.4 miles, and also two longer overnight trails, 12 and 13 miles long. At least three of the hiking trails cross swinging bridges as the one pictured here. The short trails are rated from easy to difficult, and the overnight trails are rated hard and...

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  • Flora & Fauna of Fall Creek Falls

    Plant life in east and middle Tennessee is among the most diverse to be found anywhere on earth, with more different species growing here than in all of western Europe. The dominant forest of the plateau is hickory-oak, while the gorges hold lush stands of tulip poplar and hemlock. Numerous other species can be found: maple, white pine, sassafras,...

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  • A Haven for Rare Plants

    The cool deep gorges of Fall Creek Falls State Park form a micro-climate which provides a home to many plants which are more reminiscent of southern Ontario than of the southern United States. Many rare and uncommon species can be found in these sheltered coves, perhaps left behind from the last ice age.One of my favorite wildflowers, and one that...

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  • Home of Painter Gilbert Gaul

    The famous Civil War era artist, Gilbert Gaul, at one time owned a large tract of land of land that is now included in Fall Creek Falls State Park. Gaul was about 26-years-old when he came to the Fall Creek area, after inheriting the land from an uncle. He built a studio and during his stay in Tennessee did many of his paintings, including his well...

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