Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

This trail was amazing. The overlooks are the best part. Make sure to keep going and go down to Fall Creek Falls to the base of the falls. All of it together makes for a wonderful day.

Beautiful year round.

nature trips
9 days ago

beautiful in the autumn colors; peaceful in its isolation, almost other-worldly...

backpacking
13 days ago

Had a great overnight backpacking trip along this trail over the weekend. Car camped on Friday and 7 miles in to campsite 2 on Saturday. 8 miles out Sunday morning back to the parking lot (we went off some side trails adding to what would have been ~6 miles on Sunday). Would definitely recommend going counter clockwise. Hiking down into the gorge and back up the other side is the biggest stretch of elevation changes. If you're going clockwise you'll have this nice long ascent for the tail end of the hike. Going counter clockwise lets you get all that out of the way near the beginning when you should be fresher.

Campsite 2 has a well pump for water. Still recommend filtering the water but it is very convenient. Outhouses were fine to use. Clean enough, considering. Definitely recommend site 2 over 1, it is much closer as a half way mark.

The trail can be a bit difficult to find when you get closer to the nature center. Lots of fallen trees over the trail and parts were not very clearly defined. Not a big deal though, just had to take a quick minute to find a marker a few times. I saw other reviewers taking a star off their rating because of this. I don't think it was that bad. Still a five start hike in my opinion.

100% recommend this for overnight trips or long day hikes. Will likely be back

[TL;DR: A good starter trail if you want to do long day hikes. the only tough spot is at the top (middle) of the trail. Useful as a gear-check and practice for scrambles and rapid ascents.]

Did this 3 weeks ago; didn't have the app yet, so here's a belated review.

This is a longish beginner trail with one short (~1 mile) tough spot between the two campsites. I went clockwise (left at the junction), so after Campsite 2 I had a scramble down to the bottom, with a rapid ascent to Campsite one. Neither is overwhelming, and will be a good place to get some practice and try out gear.

The trails up to the 2 campsites are very smooth and easy. Near the Nature Center the signage and blazes go crazy, so I did the last bit on the road, as I kept getting directed to the wrong paths. I recommend parking at the Village. You've got some good connector trails and on return you've got all the food and facilities waiting on you.

This is another trail everyone I met was overnighing, but I did it in 7 hours, counting breaks, without pushing for speed at all. Very good beginner trail, but I may or may not do it again (the trails to the campsites are kind of dull).

Tough!

hiking
27 days ago

If you are looking for a solid overnight hike with friends I would check out this trail. We parked at the Overnight Trailhead parking and proceeded along the lower loop trail. There is a segment where you will take the paw paw trail to the remaining lower loop. As others have stated, doing this loop counter clockwise is the way to go. I would encourage anyone who is doing this loop to start here and follow the lower loop trail to campsite 1 and then down into the gorge. The gorge is absolutely treacherous so take your time here. The mileage to Campsite 1 is super flat and very quick, the gorge should take about as much time as the hike to it. On the other side of the the gorge that crosses Cane Creek, you will find Campsite 2. That is the campsite you want for your overnight trip. The hike out is about 7 miles and gets pretty dicey towards the Nature Center. Just follow the white blazes the entire time. It is very hard to find the rest of the loop, but stay with the Nature center on your left and you'll see the rest of the trail. The last 2 miles basically follows the road and pretty much sucks.

Campsite 2 has a working water pump and some dilapidated outhouses. It has great areas for hammock camping and open meadow tent camping. I would have given it 5 stars if it weren't for the terrible break down of the trail near the Nature Center.

29 days 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

Hiked Upper Loop. It still has a lot of garbage and even signs from an endurance event a month ago all over it. Lot of downed trees. I lost count of how many we climbed over. Missed a turn and had to back track cause a tree had fallen on a sign. The AllTrails app got me back on the trail. Good white blazes on one half of the trail going counter clockwise but the last 1/8 of trail had minimal red emblem blazes. The garbage really needs to be cleaned up. Any future events should require the participants to trek out their litter. Also should note, there is really no scenery on this hike. I only took pictures of the many water crossings. I saw zero people all day, but I went during the week.

backpacking
1 month 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

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
1 month 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

The Woodland Trail is a beautiful well tracked trail that starts with at the Nature Center with a cool suspension bridge overlooking a beautiful stream and waterfall. I would rate this trail as a moderate hike until you get to the part of the trail that leads you to the base of a huge waterfall then the trail becomes difficult. We loved this hike and did it as a day hike. The Gorge Overlook branches off the Woodland Trail and is also a beautiful moderate hike. There are a couple of very difficult spurs off the trail that lead you out to some of the prettiest views in Fall Creek Falls State Park!!!

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!

Great hike ...trail is good but the way down to the falls can be difficult, if it has been raining .very slippery a lot of people park at the top and are not really prepared to hike down. The weekend is busy.

A great short hike. My wife and I went with our 3 and 5 year old and the kids loved it. The woodland trail was very easy, and the trail down to the falls was not bad. The overlooks are amazing.

Short and sweet, beautiful in all seasons!

hiking
2 months 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 would be an awesome trail but it is dire need of some clearing and if there is a detour it should be more clearly marked. At the very least there should be some warning about the detours when you check in. If the government can demolish a 300+ room hotel and rebuild it then a little funding for trail maintenance should be a no brainer. Mile markers would also be very helpful.

Many trees are down across the trail,approx.30 or so.Overall a great trail, Need to be in great shape,and have plenty of time... Enjoy!

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.

hiking
2 months 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.

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