Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

14 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

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
3 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

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

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!

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 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!

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.

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.

hiking
3 months ago

Lots to see in just a short walk.

hiking
3 months 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.

backpacking
3 months ago

Great Trail, very scenic and well marked. Great for backpacking! The only section of the trail that needed improvement is around the third suspension bridge that crosses over the cascades. It was very crowded and a lot of litter. Overall a great experience and I would highly recommend this Trail.

3 months ago

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!

hiking
3 months 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.

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

**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!

backpacking
4 months ago

Nice trail, very bland in sections but worth it for the views around the rim. The center bridge is a little iffy, boards are looking their age. The hike down and back up is the only hard section but it is very steep. Great overnight trip. 6/8 -6/9

backpacking
4 months ago

My Wife and I did this trail as beginners and I have to say it was the best hike of our lives the trail is very well marked till you get closer to the falls and nature center which are closed and no one at the camp check in told us but we finally made our way out breath taking views we took a few other trails on to get the full experience needless to say if your planning on this hike definitely go counter clockwise the climb up after the rope bridge crossing the river is very steep much easier to descend than ascend but all in all if your wanting to go backpacking this is the trip to take

Great for small children. Very short hike for amazing views

hiking
5 months ago

This was fun! The hardest part was the beginning. It was relatively short, but it leads to a breathtaking view. I wouldn't advise bringing children though.

a great trip for experienced backpackers

backpacking
5 months ago

We did this hike in April. If you go counter clockwise then campsite #2 is pretty much the halfway point. That’s where we stayed. It’s a pretty nice area, and there is a well there, but we still filtered the water just to be safe. The only really difficult part of the entire loop was hiking up out of Cane Creek gorge. It wasn’t all that bad, but it was fairly steep in some spots. Altogether you cross 3 suspension bridges on this loop, so that’s cool.

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