Fall Creek Falls State Park Outdoor Adventures
Have you ever thought you would like to grab a paddle and weave your way through a river of rapids that sets your heart racing while you quickly tread the water to avoid boat-crushing boulders hidden just below the churning surface? How about learning to rappel down a sheer cliff that leaves you almost breathless as you take that first step? Or heed the call of Tennessee’s wild back country, meet the physical demands of the trail and spend peaceful evenings gazing at the impossibly bright stars overhead?
If so, you’re in luck. These outdoor experiences are waiting for those who venture during June to Fall Creek Falls State Park.
Get your toes wet during a three-day vacation package June 9-11 with guided tours that focus on the beauty and history of Burgess Falls, Cummins Falls and the six waterfalls of Fall Creek Falls.
Go the full monty with the five-day package June 22-27 that focuses on flat water and advanced whitewater paddling, rock climbing and rappelling, hiking and backpacking.This kind of outing is just the thing to celebrate a special event (think graduation, landmark birthday, anniversary or personal bucket list), especially if you aren’t quite prepared to head for the wilds on your own just yet.
My outdoors-loving daughter, Maria, and I set out on a paddling adventure during the summer of 1992. I decided we’d take a wooden strip canoe I’d built several years earlier. We planned to paddle and fish so we packed for overnight camping, took along our fishing gear and put in on one of the calmer sections of the Clear Fork tributary to Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Did I say calm? Belay that.
Not a trip for the faint of heart, in some spots there was no bank to scout from or even walk on, just big boulders and vertical walls straight up from the river. Once back on terra firma we noticed our legs were heavily bruised from bouncing against rocks and the canoe needed some fiberglass first aid, but we had a blast! A couple of decades later it is still a trip to be remembered.
This spring my son, Shell, and I spent some quality time quiet-water paddling and fishing during a visit to his home that was one of the highlights of my trip.
Paddling, like other escapades in the outdoors, lets you switch tracks and share a world that’s often missed as folks speed through life on interstate highways or sit in traffic jams on the way to the mall.
You’ll also have the opportunity to sleep under the stars on a three-day, two-night backpacking trip and join seminars on wilderness ethics, no-trace principles and wilderness survival. All that is required is a sense of adventure and a bit of chutzpah. It’s best to reserve your spot for this all-inclusive package by May 23 or call Connie Reece or Linda Scarbrough at 1-800-250-8610 during normal business hours 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday for details.
It sounds like fun.