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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.

This was an amazing hike! I took my daughter who is 15 & her friend who is 14. We were ready with headlamps and sturdy boots. The waterfall at the back of the cave was well worth the time it took us to go!

Not too hard. Worst part is from the nature center bridge to the top of the ridge. Of the three overlooks in the gorge overlook section, only the one closest to the nature center is worth hiking out to. My kids (9 and 11) did fine on this hike. Very crowded in spots, too. Had too wait in line to get across the swinging bridge both times we had to cross ( limit of 6 people at a time ).

Second trail in Tennessee and it's a lot different than what Florida has. It has some steep spots, but a lot of lookouts and great sights.

Pretty easy trail. Unfortunately the view was blocked by a large tree in the distance, so seeing the falls in all their glory couldn't happen. From what I did see, I'd say it's the prettiest in the park so far.

9 days ago

9 days ago

Exciting trail with a great end point, nice swimming hole.

14 days ago

Really cool waterfall and swinging bridge. My boys (9&11) loved the hike. Not very difficult.

14 days ago

Not too bad going in, but a little rough coming back up! Went with my wife and our 9 and 11 year old boys. Youngest ran almost the whole way down and back up. They enjoyed it. Really cool to see the water fall from the bottom.

Beautiful, short hike. The falls are gorgeous. We went into the cave to see the waterfall in there. It was about half a mile back in pitch black. When we finally got to the point where the falls were (we could hear them but not see them) we were not sure how to get over to them. The falls go into a big, deep basin and falling is probable if you are not careful. The cave hike is NOT for children. Make sure you have a strong flashlight and fresh batteries.

Be sure to check out Ryland Cascades also. These are located past the parking area on the left side of the road. There is a small pull off where you can park and then take the half mile trail to the falls.

The waterfall is beautiful and the cave is awesome. However, because of the rocks it's very difficult to explore the cave with young children.

This place was awesome. Best on the trip so far. We went sooooo far into he cave!!!

Took a day trip here to check out the trail and it was great! It was sprinkling all day, and we got there early, so there was a lot of morning life everywhere. The water may have been higher than normal, but there was one decently sized creek crossing - I was glad to have water sandals in my necessity pack. The suspension bridge was really cool a few miles into the hike. Made for a good 'destination' point. The trail was mostly clearly marked, with only a couple ambiguous spots, but it didn't take long to relocate. Definitely an all day affair! The ups and downs were not overwhelming, but a good little challenge for amateur day hikers. And, as expected from a heavily wooded, near water in parts type of trail - don't forget your bug repellant and tick check periodically!! I plan on return trips for sure.

27 days ago