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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.

gorgeous view and fun water hole to play in

I wouldn't really consider this a "hike" but it is a beautiful destination. We had the falls all to ourselves the day we went. It was 98 degrees that day and we were very comfortable at the base of the falls and the water was cold. It is hard to find the Natural area. I recommend it for kids. The day we went the water only came half way up my calf but I'm sure that changes. If you want to explore in the cave or even just walk over to it, you will need your hiking boots but I recommend water shoes for the base of the falls. Its very rocky. Don't skip this experience! Enjoy Loves!

Well worth the drive and a great hike for children. The swinging bridge and falls made it well worth the trip. We had a 70 year old and a 7 year old and the hike was enjoyable for all.

Nice trails, main trails well traveled and wide; would have liked more blazes along the trail. Some overlooks were narrow and not well defined. Some had great views, others had views obscured by trees. Nice swimming near the nature center and suspension bridge. Very crowded after lunch - especially by the bridge and at the main falls. Get there early and you'll practically have the trails to yourself.

This was a great little hike!!

nature trips
29 days ago

Beautiful trail. It's downhill but very easy. The waterfall and scenery are breathtaking. Several scences from Walt Disney's Jungle Book were also filmed here. The cave is easy in and out. I took my daughters in several times when they were like 8 & 10. I do believe since it became a park, the cave is closed at times due to bat hibernation.

hiking
1 month ago

The Gorge Overlook Trail, Woodland Trail, and Base of Falls Trails are actually three separate trails, though you can do them together. I don't know why All Trails insists on lumping them together!

Woodland Trail is out-and back, leaving from the Nature Center, which is currently under construction. Signage is spotty, but start by crossing the suspension bridge. Mileage according to the park website: .75 mi each way, for 1.5 mi total.

Gorge Overlook Trail branches off from and rejoins Woodland, with a few spurs. Published as .65 mi, not including the spurs.

Base of Falls Trail can be accessed from the Woodland Trail or the parking area on Scenic Loop Road. It is .4 mi each direction, for .8 mi total.

Diverse well marked and worn Plateau trail.

Incredible views

Lots to see in just a short walk.

This trail was good after some tougher trails earlier in the day. There was some up down but nothing crazy. The overlooks were amazing. One side did require you to scramble down some rock face to view the gorge. The view was awesome! It would be an amazing spot for a picnic. The nature center is at the beginning and end of this loop and is currently under construction. There was a lot of traffic at the beginning of the trail do to the swimming holes.

hiking
1 month ago

I did this trail this past weekend. I stopped by the visitor center and asked about this trail. The lady at the desk was very nice and told me this would be difficult and the trail would be a little slick from the rain. I grabbed my pack with my pup loaded up and we headed out. The first look down was a little daunting. I love hiking yet I’m scared of heights. Go figure! The first 10 fret descent was easy enough. There was a section that you are not able to reach the cable and it’s almost a straight 5 foot cliff face. This part is a little tricky, especially with a dog strapped to your back. We made it down pretty easy after that. The view was worth it. Absolutely amazing. The hike back up was easy to get up til the one troublesome spot earlier. This is a steep climb so your heart will race.

Love this park! So many great hikes and beautiful views! There are tons of other activities for everyone in the family to enjoy like a ropes course, golf, horseback riding, tennis courts, and kayaking.

This is one of my favorite state parks in Tennessee, and the waterfalls rarely disappoint. I highly recommend

Hiked this trail to add more mileage to the Lower Loop Overnight Trail. Beautiful trail! very scenic!

backpacking
1 month ago

Great Trail, very scenic and well marked. Great for backpacking! Only part I didn't like was towards the end at the third suspension bridge over the cascades where it was crowded and no one seemed to know how to pick up after themselves.

Truly magical ... these falls are not only breathtaking but also fun to swim in for the whole family

Def. not for beginners or those not in good health. Also I am 5"5 and halfway down for a good portion of the cable trail I had to go without being able to hold onto the cable because it was up too high so keep that in mind for anyone 5"5 or shorter when doing cable trail. It was also very hard to find the trail head and the GPS directions kept taking you to another trail head when cable trail is on another road farther down from where the directions tell you it is. Despite those difficulties the hike was well worth it with the view and was a great place to swim.( make sure to bring a life jacket as it gets very deep towards the falls). Also watch for snakes in between and under the rocks. I saw two snakes in the rocks today.

This trail is best hiked in fall when the foliage starts turning colors. Very simple to navigate, no rough spots. Good for all ages and pets. The falls vary in strength due to however much rain the area gets. They won't be much if it hasn't rained in at least 3 days.

It's rather boring to me but if you want an easy, no stress stroll around the lake this trail is perfect. You can bring a picnic and watch the sunset.

Very steep trail that requires use of a cable to navigate. The swimming hole at the bottom is worth the effort but you should be experienced at rock/mountain climbing. Do not bring children or pets!

My favorite hike at this park! Easy to Moderate with some rock cliffs to get past, but most anyone and children can complete it. Wear shoes in the water at the base of the falls, sharp rocks are present.

hiking
1 month ago

I took my kids last year when they were 9 and 11. They were like a couple of mountain goats. It is a very steep, rocky trail that requires you to hold onto a cable for parts (thus the name). I wouldn't recommend for just anyone (super young kids or dogs), but we enjoyed it. Fun, short trail that ends with a very pretty view of Cane Creek Falls and a swimming hole.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike, well worth the effort. Lots of steps and a decent climb out. The water level was low but we could still swim in the plunge pool at the base of the falls.

I started my hike in the morning so I could enjoy some time swimming at the base of the waterfall (bring water shoes! Some rocks can be unforgiving). The trails are very well maintained and relatively easy. I was able to run up and down parts of the trail without any issues.

Did the Falls Creek Falls trail with my wife & kids (ages 7 & 5) without any problems. It's a great trail although it is a little rocky as you get up closer to the falls. The only disappointment for us was that there was not very much water in the falls themselves due to the lack of rain in the area. Other than that it was Awsome!

Great little hikel! The trail is rocky and could be tough if it were wet. The suspension bridge is awsome! My kids loved it!

After a good rain this waterfall was amazing! We ventured out into the cave to find that waterfall as well♡
Definitely would do it again!

**HEADS UP: The lower loop trail is partially broken up due to renovating the Nature Center. Instead of taking the Overlook trail, take the Woodlands trail instead.

Otherwise an awesome trail. Hiked this one day and the Upper Loop the next. Enjoy and LNT!

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