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A paradise of more than 20,000 acres sprawled across the eastern top of the rugged Cumberland Plateau, Fall Creek Falls State Park is one of the most scenic and spectacular outdoor recreation areas in America. Laced with cascades, gorges, waterfalls, streams, and lush stands of virgin hardwood timber, the park beckons those who enjoy nature at her finest. While Fall Creek Falls, at 256 feet, is the highest waterfall in the eastern United States, other waterfalls in the park are Piney and Cane Creek Falls and Cane Creek Cascades. The oak and hickory forest that covers most of the park gives way to tulip poplar and hemlock forest in the gorges. The plants and animals of the moist, protected gorges are not unlike the species found in southern Canada. Mountain laurel and rhododendron are abundant throughout the park, as are other plants and animals. With its many amenities and panoramic natural setting, it is little wonder that Southern Living magazine readers voted Fall Creek Falls the best state park in the Southeastern United States. The park is located in Bledsoe and Van Buren counties, 11 miles east of Spencer and 18 miles west of Pikeville. It may be entered from Highway 111 or Highway 30.

Best trail at this great park! This trail provides awesome lookouts of Cane Creek Gorge, Cane Creek Falls, and of course Fall Creek Falls, and it really isn’t that long of a trail. I recommend doing this hike early in the morning and catching a sunrise at one of the overlooks!

1 day ago

Definitely a difficult trail, but it is completely worth it for the view of Cane Creek Falls at the bottom. This view is far better than the other two overlooks.

18 days ago

A little short and pretty sure I could do it barefoot.. but it’s beautiful

Stayed overnight on the trail. Got in to the park Friday came out of the woods Sunday. Nice hike hard and steady or it will take you 3 days. Trail wasn't blazed well.

excellent short hike. beautiful snow and ice formations at all the falls last week.

stunning in winter with the ice and snow..beautiful area

Had a lot of fun in the park with the family. Looking forward to going back. ; )

This trail if full of amazing views and makes for a great weekend trip.

30 days ago

My son and I have went to the bottom several times and I have to say it never gets old. He loves swimming and standing under the falls.

Pretty cool place. Been wanting to check it out for a while. Was not disappointed. Took my 6 year old. Short walk from the parking area. Waterfall was really nice. The cave was closed d/t the bats hibernating. Will definitely go back when I can go all the way thru!

True, it isn’t very long...but it is TOUGH. I hike regularly on all types of trails and terrain, and as the review states, this is for experienced hikers. I feel like most of these reviews don’t accurately prepare first timer for the vertical decent and how it’s essentially scaling a rock wall in one area. Not for dogs and I personally would not attempt to bring children on this one. The falls at the bottom are BREATHTAKING though!

Steep trail. Great workout!

A quick hike for two hiking fans who don’t hike often! I was a little nervous about the moderate rating, but it was definitely manageable! We went down to the gorge so there were a lot of downhill steps which was the hardest part for me as someone with bad knees. Beautiful sight to see the bottom of the gorge and the base of the waterfalls this winter with icicles all about!

Don't be fooled, this is an intense steep hike. Be prepared.

1 month ago

Great trail that got me hooked on backpacking. Amazing views of the falls, great campsites with plenty of water available along the way. I love the suspension bridges. Great two day backpacking/camping adventure. Definitely some tough elevation changes.

Would have given I️t a 4 Star if this trail had better marking. The trail is beautiful and the overlooks are great. You can see at least two different waterfalls in the winter. The signage is confusing but we managed to make the loop. Once you park in the parking lot, then follow the trail that crosses the road, keep going until the trail splits. There are signs at the split but I️t does not mention a loop. Go to the left towards the outlooks and follow the purple blazes and I️t will loop you back around to that same split.

Short trail with spectacular views.

2 months ago

This trail starts in the parking lot that overlooks the main falls of the park. The trail starts off to the left and is basically a large staircase made of stone that brings you to the base of the falls.

This trail is exceptionally busy and you will pass many people while walking to the bottom. Most move at a slow pace due to children or dogs. For those looking to bring children or dogs maybe think twice if you want to actually go near the waterfall. The last tenth of a mile is completely soaked with water and the mist in the air makes the rocks slick and very slippery. It is possible to go all the way to the water's edge of the waterfall but the wind and extreme water splashing make it uncomfortable to stand there for long. Keep in mind if you do choose to get close you will be absolutely drenched within a second.

The trail outside of the final rocky part, which is not really a part of the trail, is very easy and short. The entire hike minus viewing time is maybe 25 minutes.

Short hike but worth it! Waterfall was amazing. The cave is to the left off the trail on the way back to the parking lot. It was closed for hibernating bats just a couple days ago when I was there. It isnt as hard to find as I had read- there are signs for it on the road.

Beautiful. Make sure you go all the way to the top of dam. Lots of water today although I do not know what normal water level is.

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