Fall Creek Falls State Park

Fall Creek Falls State Park

Fall Creek Falls State Park
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Johanna C
100 contributions
Family
This park has so many things to do. It's one of the few TN state parks that has kept its swimming pool after covid shut downs. We enjoyed swimming there and at the base of Cane Creek Cascades. The nature center was very interesting and the visitor center had many souvenir items to choose from. Our 8 year old enjoyed 2 really nice playgrounds and we all enjoyed a picnic at the Falls overlook. We had dinner at the lodge restaurant that was superb. We had a great view of the lake and a beautiful sunset from our table. Although we arrived by 10am, we ran out of time to try a hike or do some fishing. Guess we'll just have to go back. As we drove out of the park at dusk, we came upon 3 deer playing in the road, oblivious to traffic or the need to move, so drive this park with caution for wildlife. One could easily spend a week here and not be bored.
Written August 30, 2022
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We are glad you enjoyed your experience at Tennessee State Parks. Please visit us again soon!
Written September 6, 2022
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tksharris
Spring Hill, TN2 contributions
Couples
We made plans to stay at the lodge at Fall Creek Falls, knowing that we would have continental breakfast and dinner only in the lodge Mon-Fri. We assumed from our research that we would need to either plan on taking lunch items with us for our stay or drive a fair distance for options outside the park. We were very happy to discover the Snackbar Grill in the park! We both had the burger combo with fries/tater tots and drink for $9.99 each. Lunch was delicious! We will definitely go here again during our stay.
Written May 16, 2022
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We are glad you enjoyed your experience at Tennessee State Parks. Please visit us again soon!
Written May 18, 2022
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michellehouse
Evansville, IN262 contributions
We came on Memorial Day and we figured it would get crowded but weren't quite expecting the crowds that were there. We arrived early to the park (around 9AM) and stopped by the visitor's center for suggestions on exactly which hike to take. Super friendly staff was very helpful. Parked at the nature center and parking lot was about half full. Hiked from nature center across the suspension bridge (kids were 50/50 if that was fun or terrifying) out to the main falls. We then hiked down to the base of the falls. First part of the hike down is steep but a flat path, last part is a bit of scramble over rocks but our two preschoolers managed it. Hike back up was vigorous but not impossibly hard. Then we hiked back to nature center. At this point it was about noon and the parking lot was a zoo. We decided just to picnic at the nature center vs moving our car at that point. Stopped back by visitor's center on our way out for souvenirs and to use the very clean restrooms. Great visit would recommend but if coming on a weekend get to the park early.
Written June 29, 2021
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deanie13
Cleveland, TN176 contributions
This is the most confusing state park I have ever been to. We spent most of the time driving around trying to follow the horrible photocopied map I was given at the visitor center that made no sense. Apparently there are two bridges out and what are normally a nice hikes are no more. I stopped at the new visitor center and there was only one person working there and a long line of people waiting to talk to her. When I finally got to the front of the line, I could hardly hear her for the super-loud air conditioning system. We finally got to the the main falls and it was barely a trickle. A young couple just coming up from the base were clearly barely breathing and said the hike up and down was very difficult, slippery, and felt like coming up was like 30 stories of stairs. So we took the trail to the right of the main falls and after you cross a pretty bridge it just stops. There are two "overlooks" that don't overlook anything we could see. We ended up strolling for a bit around the lake on a paved sidewalk. If you come, download the map off the internet because what they have there is way too confusing. The nature center was completely unimpressive and not worth going into.
Written September 1, 2020
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We are truly saddened that your experience was not as great as we would have liked. We take bad reviews very seriously, and we would like to ensure that your experience is better next time. Please contact our Park Office or Tennessee State Parks at 615.532.0001 | Email: Ask.TNStateParks@tn.gov.
Written September 4, 2020
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nicolediane
Atlanta, GA705 contributions
We had read that it was a busy park and we were there on Labor Day so it was very busy. We fund a nice picnic area. It was fairly clean and had shade. Trash cans near by. We drove a little further to a parking lot for the falls. Parking lot was packed. No one walking around had on a mask so we did not feel comfortable getting out to see the falls. We stopped by a building near the picnic area but didn't see any information about trails. There was no charge.
Written September 29, 2020
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Written October 23, 2020
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vhash77
North Wilkesboro, NC936 contributions
This state park is breath taking! Such beauty. We visited all the waterfalls, hiked to the base of Falls Creek Falls - granted the tallest vertical drop falls east of the Rockies! The new suspension bridge at Rock House Falls was great as well. Each falls - Piney, Falls Creek, Rock House, Cane Creek has easy access, beautiful views, information provided.

We stayed in the new lodge just recently opened in January. It was very beautiful. Our view from our room was the pool and part of the lake. Staff were very friendly and helpful. The room was clean, had a coffee pot and mini refrigerator. The bed was comfortable as well. We enjoyed our balcony. The lodge also had a restaurant. If you were a guest of the lodge, they provided you a continental breakfast. We dined for breakfast, and lunch, then a late evening snack of brownie/ice cream. All of the food was flavorful. Waitresses were wonderful.

We visited the Visitor's Center. Lots of information, even a video to show what the hike to the base of Falls Creek looked like. Once again, very friendly staff.

This is a huge state park, in a remote area of TN. Closest actual grocery store is about 30 minutes away. They do have a general store stocked with a wide variety of items.

I've already recommended this state park to many friends to visit. It's beautiful.
Written February 26, 2022
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oakleyjim
Walnut Cove, NC92 contributions
Spent 3 days here hiking and photographing waterfalls. Had my 4 year old granddaughter and we went to the overlooks for several of the waterfalls. I did take her to the bottom of Cane Creek Cascades but thought the others would be too dangerous to take her to the bottom. We saw deer in the late afternoon and she enjoyed the playground. Facilities were clean and in good repair and the staff was very helpful. I would recommend that you arrive before dark if you are camping because this is a confusing place after dark. I would stay here again if in the area.
Written July 2, 2020
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Amber S
Roswell, GA247 contributions
Family
Probably the most spectacular waterfall I’ve seen! We were with family so we couldn’t hike all the way down, but the waterfall overlook was well worth it on its own. There’s also a trail that takes you across a swinging bridge which was really fun. We will definitely be back!!
Written August 7, 2022
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Cathy T
24 contributions
My husband and I went walking and hiking here with another couple. We enjoyed the views and some of us enjoyed the swinging bridges ( we found 2 in the one day we were there, there may be more).

Things to know:
1. for those with health issues, you can drive and park close to most of the overlooks
2. Most of the hikes are at least moderate.
3. The hike to the bottom of the main falls is very difficult because there are many large rocks on the entire trail, and one portion of the trail closer to the bottom has had a rock slide ( my guess) that has completely covered a section of the trail. It is about .35 miles one way so you talk yourself into thinking it will be easier than it is. It is worth it if your health / knees/ankles/lungs can hold up. Make sure to wear very sturdy shoes if you do it. AND only do it when the falls are really flowing so the payoff is better. FYI keep your eyes on your footing: the rocks are not steady on the trail. To be safe, stop to look around or take pictures- don't try to do it while you are moving on this trail.
4. The people in the interpretive center were helpful when it came to giving us information about the park.
Written January 8, 2020
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Patrick Threatt
Meridian, MS6 contributions
Outstanding State Park! It has plenty of hiking and lake activities to partake in. We spent three days there, and went hiking, pedal-boating, canoeing, and kayaking. We stayed at The Lodge on the lake, and it was a great location to stay.
Written July 3, 2022
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