Explore the most popular birding trails in Fall Creek Falls State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

11 hours ago

It's beautiful but it really difficult to steep go downhill and claim up to the hill, make sure wear the gloves since have to hold the cable wire railing and some the wire splitter will cut the hand or finger

backpacking
2 days ago

Overall this is a great backpacking loop. There is no log book at the trailhead, apparently if you don’t book a site, they don’t know if you’re out there. We started at the overnight lot and hiked to campsite 2 passing campsite 1. The first 3.5-4 are super easy to campsite 1. This took us about an hour and a half. We hung out at the bottom of the gorge for a while as all the waterways were rushing with water after a week of rain. The ascent up the gorge kicked our a$$. This definitely makes the trail a hard trail if you’re doing it with a full pack. Campsite 2 comes at the perfect time and I thought everything was well marked to campsite 2. There are two outhouses at campsite 2 along with a well that we used iodine tablets just to be safe. #3 is the best campsite I would say at campsite 2. From campsite 2 to the overnight lot was overall pretty easy. The reason I rated this a 4/5 was because the trail markings became sparse after hitting the fall creek falls area and especially the nature center. The nature center is under construction and we had to guess where to go. There was also an area where you had to go on the road that wasn’t clear before getting back to the trail. We ended up just taking the road back to the parking lot. Overall a great trail, I would probably pack lighter for that ascent in the gorge as it took almost as long to go that last mile as it did the first 5. Overall my Fitbit said 6.17 miles in 4:15 to campsite 2 then 7.22 miles in 3:57 to the parking lot.

Super steep but worth it if you feel comfortable

Fantastic hike featuring two major waterfalls: Cane Creek Falls and Fall Creek Falls. Also several gorge overlooks. Hardest part is the Base of the Falls Trail, which is steep and/or rocky for most of its distance. Start at the Nature Center for an extra Cane Creek Falls view and an extra adventure: walking over a high, swaying suspension bridge. Overall, best hike at the best park in central TN.

Nice trail - a bit strenuous/slow if you have little kids with you; but we made it all the way in and out with kids aged 3, 5, 6 and 8. They enjoyed it :)

Not much of a hike, but it’s beautiful. It’s great for kids, dogs, people who aren’t able to handle big/difficult hikes.

hiking
8 days ago

There are several areas of the trail that are difficult to follow due to fallen trees. A few fallen trees were trees that once marked the trail but the blazes were on the ground- not very useful. I would recommend doing this clockwise, so start on the paw paw trail part and then continue. It’s rough for a one day but kind of easy to split into two days. If you go clockwise and stay at the last campsite you’ll get about 10-11 miles in and only have about 2 to hike out. Those sites are backcountry 1 I believe. The section of the trail near the nature center is closed but you should be able to circumnavigate this, or just begin the trail at the nature center instead of the overnight loop trail head

Super easy hike. You have an amazing waterfall that you are able to walk behind on one side and a huge cave 500 yards away on the other side. I highly recommend packing a lunch and eating at the waterfall. I was told the waterfall was used in the children's movie the Jungle Book.

Great, short, steep trail down to a couple of great waterfalls, with very little foot traffic. Water was refreshing and the river otters were very playful!

Great short little hike with two trails and a couple of caves. The water fall was AMAZING!

This was a great trail. The Falls were really pounding over the cliff because of the heavy rain last week, over 10 inches. Good shoes are a must, as it is muddy and rocks are slick. The power of the waterfall is awesome. Hike back up was difficult, but I'm old and out of shape. Well worth the effort. I did see my first Tennessee copperhead snake sliding across the trail. Only 2 ft. long but we gave him his space.

Steep and slippery but fun! Did it with 3 littles (6, 3, & 1). Kids loved getting all wet at the bottom!

My friends and I enjoyed the hike, but the waterfalls are a little lackluster if it hasn’t rained for a while. The best part was the excursion to the bottom of the gorge - definitely the most strenuous mile (round trip), but so worth it!

An awesome trail! Put my 2 yo in the Tula, 5 year old walked. Was a little bit too much for 5 year old. As we got closer to the end on the way back, she got whiney from being tired. Tons of places to stop and rest. One of my fav hikes ever!

Short and sweet, beautiful in all seasons!

Definitely worth the 2.5 hour drive

hiking
1 month ago

Had no idea how exciting this trail was to bottom of falls. At 65, my legs are feeling it today, but I’d do it again tomorrow! Low water volume, but still pretty. Climbing over rocks was so much fun. Never felt stuck or scared. Enjoy!!

Easy on the way down, a little steep on the way back up. Slippery in places, but there’s a rail most of the way. This trail can get extremely crowded on a summer weekend, but weekdays are usually peaceful.

Easy trail. Suspension bridge is located here. If you go down and around after the bridge, cross the water again, and go through the woods a bit, you can get to the top of the falls.

This was a great hike. My daughter 18 and myself ( 40 in October lol ) completed 11.4 miles. We had lunch over looking the big falls Cane Creek. Beautiful view. Then we hiked to Fall Creek Falls waterfall. This was a great hike around the gorge with great views. The only reason I did not give this 5 stars is, people swimming in the waterfall. People are there to enjoy the sounds and the view, not look at grown mine in the falls. Other than that, we really enjoyed the hike.

The waterfalls are so awesome. Worth the drive out to see them!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Easy going down but tough coming back up!

Take this trail clockwise. After it descends nearly to the valley, you will find a spur trail to the right that takes you to Medley arch. If you continue to the right (off trail), you can work around to the back side, or continue further to the right to find a waterfall. There is a collapsed section of the former cave structure and an underground body of water. This alone is worth the hike.

When I went in July, the valley section was overgrown, making the trail difficult to follow. Once you get back to the hillside, before you make the climb up an old road, you will find a waterfall tucked into the hillside on your left.

Short trail. Moderate to difficult. Take time to explore.

Went on this trail today! Worth the hike! First part of the trail is easy then their is about a 50 foot section that is a little rough. I had both of my labs with me and had to bring them down one by one but all in all. Really fun trail and beautiful view at the bottom. I would recommend good shoes with grip.

on Base of the Falls

hiking
1 month ago

Wasn’t prepared for this hike take water lot of sweating exertion and don’t go in without trail shoes or hiking boots! Cool Trail

Sparsely traveled. lots of ticks. Hot when we crossed the meadow near the end. Easy terrain. Kind of anti climactic compared to all the waterfall trails.

The trail was ROUGH, but totally worth the effort. Took three dogs, they struggled in certain areas, but had a blast. If you’ve been to Cummins the trail is harder, I thought this trail was closer to strenuous than moderate because it’s really rocky.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a nice day hike. The trail itself is fairly unremarkable, the two things that make it great are the Cane Creek Overlook and the harrowing trip down the cable side trail to the base of Cane Creek Falls. We will definitely be back.

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!

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