Fall Creek Falls is noted for tremendous canyons, numerous waterfalls, including the highest in the eastern U.S., and mature hardwood forests. Equally beautiful are some of the other waterfalls and cascades, especially Cane Creek Falls, which is the largest volume waterfalls in the park.
With their sheer size and steep walls, the canyons—called “gulfs” locally—are home to a variety of microclimates and rare plant communities. The park is home to at least six federally protected and carefully monitored species including bats, mussels, fish and plants.
A paradise of more than 20,000 acres sprawled across the eastern top of the rugged Cumberland Plateau, Fall Creek Falls is one of the most scenic and spectacular outdoor areas in America.
Fall Creek Falls was set aside in 1935, one of 16 “New Deal” parks. In 1968, development of Fall Creek Falls Resort Park began, with a 72-room inn, 20 cabins, an 18-hole golf course, the Betty Dunn Nature Center, an expanded campground, group lodge, and numerous staff residences. The inn was later expanded to 145 rooms, and 10 more cabins were built.
Movies filmed here include “The Jungle Book”, “Power Rangers Turbo”, “King Kong Lives”, and other films and videos.
Three miles of paved bike trails and 15 miles of moderately difficult mountain bike trails are offered. Please remember that mountain bikes are not allowed on hiking trails.
A Tennessee license and park permit are required to fish in the 345-acre Fall Creek Falls Lake. Fall Creek Falls is the home of two state record catches, Channel Catfish and Bream. The lake also offers largemouth bass. Fishing in the creeks is also allowed. No privately owned boats or gasoline motors are allowed on the lake. Pedal boats, canoes and aluminum fishing boats may be rented through the park office. Please bring your own trolling motor and battery.
There are over 34 miles of hiking trails around the park. Hikers can opt for short or long walks around the lake and to and from the base of Fall Creek Falls. There are two long distance overnight trails for the more adventuresome. The day-use trails are designed to accommodate recreational and educational activities including fitness walking, leisure walking and easy hiking, or exploring the Parks' geological features and forest life typical of the Cumberland Plateau.
The Nature Center, located near the North entrance of the park, is a popular trailhead. Trail information is available inside the Nature Center.
The Fall Creek Falls Overlook Trail is accessible to persons with a disability.
The park offers an Olympic-sized pool with a wading pool which is open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Modern bathhouses and a snack bar serve the pool users. The pool is accessible to persons with a disability.
Fishing boat rental is available year round. Paddleboats and canoes are available April through October. Please bring your own trolling motor and battery. For boat rentals, call 423-881-5500. Pontoon boat rides may be arranged through the programming staff at the Nature Center by calling 423-881-5708.
A three-time selection by Golf Digest magazine as one of the "Top 100 Public Places to Play" and honored as one of the top 25 public courses in America, this 6,669-yard course is both beautiful and challenging. There is a driving range and practice green on site.
Tee times may be reserved by calling the golf course or you may make Online Tee Time Reservations at Fall Creek Falls Golf Course.
The stables offer guided trial rides April through October by a privately leased operation.
Sixteen primitive walk-in sites and 3 primitive camping areas on the overnight trails are also available. Most campgrounds are accessible by persons with a disability.
The park has five covered picnic pavilions, each of which will accommodate up to 75 people. There are 12 picnic areas, most handicapped accessible, throughout the park. There are also a large number of individual tables and most sites have charcoal grills and water spigots nearby.
We have a residential environmental education center, which has been operating since 1996. We have had over 11,000 kids go through its programs, which usually consist of a stay in the park of 2 to 5 days.
Fishing boat rental is available year round. Paddleboats and canoes are available April through October. Please bring your own trolling motor and battery. For boat rentals: 423-881-5500. Pontoon boat rides may be arranged through the programming staff at the Nature Center by calling 423-881-5708.
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Fall Creek Falls Inn & Conference Center offers over 5000 square feet of meeting/banquet space in five conference rooms, which will accommodate up to 400 people. The Cascade Room opens onto a large patio and is perfect for receptions, cookouts, and parties. Banquet and catering services are available.
The Fall Creek Falls Inn is situated on scenic Fall Creek Lake and has 145 guestrooms with lake views. All rooms have full baths, cable TV, and coffeemakers. The Inn also features an heated outdoor swimming pool, fitness room, and game room for guest use. The Inn at Fall Creek Falls State Park has been Tennessee Green Hospitality Certified by the Tennessee Hospitality Association.
The stables offer guided trial rides April through October by a privately leased operation.
The park's amphitheatre seats 300 and can be scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis.
Fall Creek Falls boasts an outstanding nature center with many attractive interpretive displays. Naturalists present daily programs during the summer and by arrangement at other times of the year. These may include nature demonstrations, art and crafts, movies, campfires, organized games and live musical entertainment.
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There are four playgrounds located in the park.
The park has 238 campsites in three different areas. All sites have tables, grills, water, and electricity and are served by six bathhouses. Fifty sites have sewer connections. Some sites will accommodate an RV up to 45 feet in length. Ice and firewood may be purchased year-round. Sixteen primitive walk-in sites and 3 primitive camping areas on the overnight trails are also available. Most campgrounds are accessible by persons with a disability.
Campsites should be reserved in advance by calling the park or you may make Fall Creek Falls Campground Reservations online.
The Park features 20 two-bedroom, one-bath cabins and 10 three-bedroom, two bath villas, each furnished to sleep up to eight or ten people. All cabins and villas are fully equipped for housekeeping with linens, cooking and serving utensils, appliances, microwave, telephone, and cable TV. Each has a fireplace with firewood provided during the months of October through April. The 10 fishermen cabins are two-story cabins located directly on Fall Creek Lake. Fisherman cabin guests enjoy outdoor cooking, sunbathing, and fishing from their private porches situated out over the lake.
There are also 10 landside cabins located on a hill overlooking the lake, each complete with patio, picnic table, and grill for cooking and dining outdoors. One landside cabin is accessible to persons with a disability.
One cabin is available to guests with pets and all service animals are allowed.
Cabins should be reserved in advance by calling the park or you may make Fall Creek Falls Cabin Reservations online.
There are two group camps that accommodate 100 and 150 campers. Camp 1 has 19 rustic cabins with three bathhouses and Camp 2 has 24 cabins with three bathhouses. The camps consists of non-winterized cabins grouped in sections with four to six bunks per cabin. The kitchen and dining hall is complete with cooking utensils, walk-in cooler and freezer, commercial dishwasher, and large mixer. You must bring your own linens, toilet tissue, soap, towels, etc.
Both camps are available for rent April 15-October 15 and are accessible to persons with a disability.
Two lodges are available for rent. Group Lodge 1 sleeps 100 people with two dormitories and four staff rooms. It offers a large dining room with fireplace and meeting room. Complete kitchen facilities with steam tables, commercial dishwasher (bring your own detergent) and utensils are included. Lodge 2 accommodates 32 people and consists of two buildings, each sleeping 16 people. The kitchen contains two stoves, two refrigerators, microwave, and dishwasher. It is complete with all cooking and eating utensils. Both lodges offer a fully equipped kitchen. No linens are available.
Fall Creek Falls Restaurant seats 220 and serves southern style buffet cuisine daily.
Box lunches and catering is available for breaks, banquets, or cookouts throughout the park.
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The plants and animals of the moist, protected gorges are not unlike the species found in southern Canada. Mountain laurel and rhododendron are abundant throughout the park, as are other plants and animals. Fall Creek Falls, at 256 feet, is the highest waterfall in the eastern United States; other waterfalls in the park are Piney and Cane Creek Falls and Cane Creek Cascades.
With its many amenities and panoramic natural setting, it is little wonder that Southern Living magazine readers voted Fall Creek Falls the best state park in the Southeastern United States.
The park faces two big challenges: the die-off of bats due to White Nose Syndrome and the projected die off of the magnificanet Eastern Hemlock trees which line the canyons. These Eastern Hemlocks will be killed by the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid if prevention efforts are not begun. The park has 90,000 mature hemlocks in the park, some over 300 years old.
Programs include creek studies, forest ecology, geology, hiking, reptiles and amphibians, Native American and pioneers.
2009 Village Camp Road
Pikeville, TN 37367
Phone: (423) 881-5298
Phone - Toll Free: (800) 250-8610
From Nashville, take I-40 East to Cookeville. Turn right onto 111 South (exit 288). Park entrance is on the left on Highway 284 (45 miles).-----
From Knoxville, take I-40 West to Crossville, Peavine Road, exit #322. Take a left off the exit, onto Hwy 101 South. At the 4-way stop, go straight on Hwy 392, through the first traffic light (at Hwy 127). Continue straight to the 2nd traffic light (Lantana Road, Hwy 101). Take a left turn onto Hwy 101 South, and travel approx. 30 minutes to a dead-end. Turn left (still on Hwy 101 South) and go approx. 4 miles to Hwy 30. Turn right on Hwy 30 West. Park entrance is approx. 5 miles on the left (at Hwy 284).-----
From Atlanta, take I-75 North to Chattanooga, take I-24 toward Nashville, take Hwy 27 North toward Dayton and follow Highway 111 North to the park entrance on the right.
The park is open 24 hours with the road leading to the falls being locked at dark.