Fall Creek Falls Viewpoint via Base of Falls Trail and Cane Creek Falls via Gorge Overlook Trail

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Fall Creek Falls State Park

Fall Creek Falls Viewpoint via Base of Falls Trail and Cane Creek Falls via Gorge Overlook Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Spencer, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 561 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

muddy

rocky

This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closures

hiking
1 day ago

Great experience. We were worried it would be really crowded but it wasn’t the case. We got here around lunchtime on a Friday and stayed in total for about 2 hours. It started picking up as we were leaving but still not too bad.

8 days ago

Went on 5/23/20. Would've been WAY better if it had less people. There was just so many people. The falls were beautiful, not spectacular. If you bring your children, cool! Just please make room for everyone else to pass.

hiking
9 days ago

The previous commenter is right - this is 2 separate trails. The “Base of the Falls” trail is a bit steep but short enough that it didn’t present a problem for my kids (10, 9, and 4yo). The biggest problem is the crowd; you couldn’t pause anywhere to appreciate the scenery as that would be holding up traffic, and the end of the trail was so full of people it wasn’t enjoyable. As this trail goes only to the base, I wish the park would some how limit the amount of people entering the trail. The “Nature Center” trail was partially closed when we were there, but the portion we did home was beautiful, easy, with amazing views. Looking forward to returning and doing the whole thing. All in all this was a very well maintained park with nice visitor center and rest rooms. We’re looking forward to returning and spending more time here!

hiking
rocky
scramble
13 days ago

Loved this hike (with some rock scrambling) down to the base of the waterfall. You can get all the way to the pool. Get there before 10am to beat the crowds.

hiking
rocky
scramble
14 days ago

Beautiful Just Beautiful It So Was Worth The Drive

hiking
rocky
scramble
21 days ago

Very busy

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
21 days ago

What AllTrails classifies and maps as “Falls creek falls and Cane Creek Falls” is really two totally independent trails. It is really “The Base of the Falls” trail and “Nature Center” Trail. The Base of the Falls Trail begins behind the restroom, to the left of the falls over-look. It is a short yet fairly steep scramble over rocks the entire way. It involves careful footing on rocks. We were glad we brought our hiking poles. It is basically a declining trail the whole way to the base of the falls and a steady incline the whole way back. I would by no means classify this as an easy hike. Today there were hundreds of people on the trail and all along the way people were stopped to catch their breath before continuing back to the top. I would certainly advise folks to take a different trail if you want to bring your pooch along. Multiple people today were seen carrying their dogs back to the top. The Nature Center Trail is to the right of the falls over-look. It is a relatively flat/mostly easy trail through the woods. We ran into four groups of people on the entire trail. There were some muddy spots and sections that required scrambling around rocks. Follow signs for the “Nature Center.” The loop is made up of the Gorge Overlook and the Woodland Trail. There are several short side trails/overlooks. I would recommend taking them all for great views. The “Cane Creek Falls Overlook” is a must. The tree roots made it challenging but doable if you take it slowly. You can see two spectacular waterfalls on opposite sides of the gorge.

hiking
rocky
scramble
22 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

This trail had a lot of variation. Most of it was fairly easy, but there was one spot that required some serious scrambling. parts of trail still closed, but the parts that were open were nice. Beautiful views of the falls.

hiking
30 days ago

Nice trail. Recommend going to lower falls first. Cane creek is worth the hike over.

The trail down to the waterfall is pretty tough down and back up. The other trail is a bit more smooth with several stop offs for overlooks. Absolutely gorgeous place, very well kept. We hiked with 5 kids age 8-15. Highly recommend!! Perfect day!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail with some great views. I think previous posts have not been clear enough about the closed swinging bridge near the Nature Center. You must start this hike at/near the Falls Creek Falls parking area & walk towards the Nature Center then turn back at/near the closed bridge. The Overlook trail provides a partial loop within this hike. And the trail to the base of the actual Falls Creek Falls was suddenly closed 3-16-20. Unknown when it will reopen.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Trail was a little muddy probably because of the recent rain we got yesterday. Trail is very steep 2/3 of the way.

hiking
2 months ago

Strenuous trail!

recorded Recording - Mar 01, 02:37 PM

hiking
2 months ago

March 1st, Cane Ceek Falls trail was closed

hiking
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

I avoided this trail when I was told it was very hard for four years. I did it today and it was at best moderate. I think most people in good health can manage it. I saw a family with 5 kids all under 5 years old doing it. The trail is very well maintained and the grade of the steps as you descend is very nice. I would say that if you are here and only look at the overlook and don’t come down to the creek and look at the waterfalls from the bottom up... you are missing out!

hiking
3 months ago

This trail came recommended by a local & is my favorite in the area. We spent 8 hours there. There’s a swimming hole that’s a bit cold but very fun & suitable for all ages.

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