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Gorge Overlook and Woodland Trails

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Fall Creek Falls State Park

Gorge Overlook and Woodland Trails is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Pikeville, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 856 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

Note: The bridge at the nature center is currently closed but you can start the loop at another one of its access points.

hiking
9 days ago

The suspension bridge is out, so you can’t cross Cane Creek by the Nature Center by bridge. Doable anyway, but the opposite shore is closed for bridge reconstruction. Better to circle around and start at the Fall Creek Falls trailhead.

The .4 down is very hard. But the water below is very pretty and you can swim. The longer part is a nice trail but the bridge to the nature center is out.

just did woodland loop

Some construction on the trail but we accessed it from the campground c. A few views are kinda blocked but it is mostly shaded and a easy to moderate hike. You can access other trails to make a bigger loop. Park doesn't have a very detailed map of the trails so thank goodness for the all trails app.

hiking
bridge out
closed
29 days ago

This trail, starting at the nature center as it’s described, is closed. The bridge is completely out for repairs and there is no way across. No signage at the park saying it’s closed, so we wasted some time trying to figure it out (there even was a big chalk sign in front of the nature center saying TRAILS OPEN! which is misleading...) We finally found a page on the bulletin board that said to start at the Fall Creek Falls overlook instead and combine another trail to reach Woodland. Apparently the suspension bridge has been out since December and they hope it will be back in July. As of June 8, no bridge by the nature center at all. Confused why other people are putting reviews up of this trail hah.

Nice little loop hike. Only got to see one waterfall. The other few overlooks were overgrown and you couldn’t see anything. The last one looked like it might have had a good view, but looked to risky for me to climb. Would not recommend bringing smaller children down that overlook.

Very nice. Mostly flat woodland trail. I love this kind of trail. We turned out to a couple of overlooks , but the trees blocked any spectacular views

1 month ago

Beautiful trail! best waterfall i have ever seen and we hike a lot follow our page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/255237219193007/

hiking
1 month ago

So many waterfalls to see at this state park! The hikes can be challenging, but the views are worth it! Very well maintained! Lots of rock climbing

hiking
1 month ago

This trail IS What AllTrails classifies and maps as “Falls creek falls and Cane Creek Falls” With the addition of the suspension bridge trail. The suspension bridge portion of the trail is closed for repairs. What remains of this trail 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
closed
3 months ago

Rocky Point overlook was worth the hike. All of the Fall Creek Falls area is closed, at least, until April 10th.

recorded Recording - Feb 16, 01:44 PM

hiking
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

Great trail,rocky,muddy at times! Great views, lots of bridges along the way and clear paths. on 2/16/20 the nature center was closed and they didn't put a sign up until you get to the loop.

hiking
6 months ago

Trail is currently closed for construction - per posted sign, hoping to re-open this July.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail... overlooks are tough to see. But all in all a nice hike.

Dog-friendly trail with good views of waterfalls. A bit challenging when wet due to slippery rocks. Seems like a popular spot for families.

hiking
7 months ago

Did this trail second week of November. Was surprised by trail to base of falls. Seemed somewhat dangerous. Falling rock and slipping and/or falling hazards abound. Enjoyable hike though.

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

Train to base of the falls is pretty rock so decided not to venture down. But the overlooks and the trail to mature center were easy. I was there early morning and pics were hard to take to get the full effect. Best time for pics would be afternoon when sun is shining on the falls and into the canyon below. Amazing views from overlooks.

hiking
8 months ago

This is the same hike as fall creek falls hike, just from a different trailhead. Worth the hike, especially for the fall creek falls waterfall. Other waterfalls were pretty much dry.

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

Hiked September 10 from Nature Center on Woodland Trail to Fall Creek Falls overlook, down to the base of the Falls and and back up, and returned to the Nature Center via Gorge Overlook Trail. Trail is well built and very well maintained. Base of Falls section is very rocky, so watch your step. Several very nice overlooks of gorge, streams, waterfalls plus huge hemlocks. Wildflowers were blooming in the gorge. Very dry so falls were not at full flow.

hiking
rocky
10 months ago

Great trail! Not great markers getting to the trailhead, but easy once you find the trailhead. Start by going across the suspension bridge, and follow the fall creek falls signs from there. Going down into the falls towards the middle end was very rocky and steep but we saw quite a few older/out of shape people, children and dogs all make their way down to the falls.

hiking
11 months ago

I saw the review by Matthew and decided to do the same route he had recommended, i.e., to the top of Fall Creek Falls, then to the base and then back to the nature center via the gorge overlook trail. It's likely that's he's (a) younger and (b) fitter than me but I did not find the trail to the base of the falls to be ridiculously easy. However, it was doable and completely worth the effort. I really loved this hike!

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful hike, lots to see. Make sure to go down to the Cane Creek Falls below the nature center to swim and play in the water. My kids loved it!

hiking
rocky
11 months ago

hiking
rocky
Tue Jun 25 2019

Good trail.

made it out alive!!

hiking
Sat Apr 06 2019

An instant classic of a hike that had something for everyone. It starts off with top-notch overlooks at the nature center, then kicks the hike off with the famous rope bridge, followed by easy hiking through the woods, the big overlook of Fall Creek Falls, the short and steep yet easier-than-expected hike down to the base of the falls, and then a return trip that offered some different views than the first half - all in just under 4 miles. We took the Woodland Trail at the first split after the bridge, then took the Gorge Overlook trail on the return trip. Both are similar in length, but I highly recommend that route order since you get some very rewarding payoff views close to the end of the hike on the Gorge Overlook. The trail to the base of the falls was surprisingly easy and also had a very rewarding payoff. The whole trail was well-kept, had very few areas of tricky footing, no stream crossings, and was well-marked. We've done almost every classic hike in the Smokies and this one can go toe-to-toe with any of them. We hiked with our 4yo and 2yo kids - the 4yo did every step of the hike, and the 2yo did more than half on her feet and rode in our Freeloader the rest of the time. The only part that the 2yo absolutely could not do was the base of the fall trails, but the 4yo had no problems with it. We saw a lot of dogs on the trail, but it would have been very difficult for our Corgi to keep up if we had brought him.

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