Fall Creek Falls (Upper Loop)

MODERATE 6 reviews

Fall Creek Falls (Upper Loop) is a 12.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pikeville, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
12.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1614 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

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forest

river

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waterfall

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13 mile Upper Loop. Fall Creek Falls State Park. (Pass required for overnight) Walk through a hardwood timber forest while taking in local vegetation and wildlife. Suspension Bridge crossing Cane Creek provides beautiful view. Primitive camping allowed.

hiking
27 days ago

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.

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8 months ago

There hasn't been much rain lately so the falls were pretty much nonexistent. We had fun anyway hiking the trails and taking the dog with us.

backpacking
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Hiked this trail with a few friends last october. Fall foliage was beautiful. The hike was mostly through the hardwood timber forest, had hoped to hike the lower loop with the falls however due to arriving later in the day the lower loop trail was already reserved for other hikers. Nice vegetation and sparse wildlife were seen along the hike. Upon reaching the split where the trail begins its massive loop we took a left. It was a bit strenuous at times with a heavy pack on. The highlight of the first day was reaching the suspension bridge over cane creek and spending some time playing in the water. Stayed at Campsite #2 for the night. Enjoyed a nice campfire and sharing stories with friends. Hike out the next day seemed much easier. All in all a good hike. Not as exciting as it would have been to hike the falls, but anytime away from the rush of everyday and time in the woods with great friends is always a welcomed treat. Broke the camera or would have posted pictures.