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Fall Creek Falls

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Rated as one of top 3 waterfalls in the south, this falls plunges over 250
Near:Pikeville, TN
Distance:3 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:715 ft
Hike Time:2 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots

Summary: Trail is red blaze and the trail will split to the right named Gorge Trail. There are four overlooks within a short distance off the trail, all with different views. The Rocky Point Overlook trail can be tricky but is well worth the view. The fall Creek Falls Overlook will take you actually to the top of Fall Creek Falls! The trail will then re-join the Woodland trail, follow this to the main Fall Creek Falls Overlook. The hike down to the bottom of the falls is .4 miles, take note about halfway done the trail there are rock formations that have been separated, take a few steps inside and you will feel what we call the AC Duct. The temperature will be about 10 degrees cooler here and on a hot day that will be much appreciated. Follow the Woodland trail back to Nature Center. The trails are well maintained and the only caution areas will be obvious with rocks and large roots. Our hike time was 4 hours taking many photos and eating lunch at the falls
Trailhead: From I-40 exit 322 Crossville, travel Highway 101 South for 27.4 miles to Highway 30 West, 4.8 miles to Park Entrance follow signs to Nature Center. Park at the Nature Center, maps are available inside, Nature Center opens at 9 CST. Trailhead, Cords are 35 39.744N 085 21.019W, starts behind Nature Center crossing the swinging bridge. Trail is red blaze first marked with sign to Fall Creek Falls Overlook. The trail will split to the right named Gorge Trail. There are four overlooks within a short distance off the trail, all with different views. All are a must see except the Cane Creek Gorge Overlook. (Lat:35.66768 Lon:-85.35519)
Trail Guides for Fall Creek Falls:
40 Hikes in the South Cumberland
by Russ Manning ()

Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Fall Creek Falls State Park 423-881-5298
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Bobby Trotter, who has posted  74 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by Pam on 3/5/2012
Great hike. It was worth the drive Be aware though that this is actually about 90 miles from Nashville.

Reviewed by Jeffrey on 12/28/2007
I just added a map of all of the Fall Creek Falls trails to the South East Trail Guide:

Reviewed by Stansberry on 9/7/2006
I suggest going on a weekday, as the park gets very crowded on weekends, especially if a convention is in the area. Be sure to take the Cable Trail for an amazing view of the foot of Cane Creek Falls and Rockhouse Falls. If nothing else, follow the Grand Loop and see them from above.

Reviewed by Sutherland on 8/27/2006
The only problem I have with Fall Creek Falls is that it's too well known. Here are some photos. Comment if you like.

Reviewed by Bd on 9/8/2005
Rented bikes after the hike, had a wonderful time, cant wait to return

Reviewed by Jeffrey on 8/22/2005
Actually, there are three suspension bridges in the park. The third bridge is located on the lesser traveled Upper Loop Trail. This trail used to be 14.5 miles long, but a beaver dam creek resulted in a section of trail being rerouted to a forest service road for about a mile. Now the whole thing checks in at closer to 13.5 miles of mostly six inch wide singletrack. This trail is in great shape and the mountain bikers do their best to cut out the downed trees. This trial probably sees less than 25 people per week, including bikers. Ticks are real bad June-July. For a pic and recent trail reports checkout:

Reviewed by Julie on 4/4/2005
As confessed waterfall junkies the boyfriend and I trekked to this park after a season of no time for much hiking and it was LOTS of fun. The sunshine was great for hiking, not quite as good for photographing falls. The suspension bridges were fun and the views of the main falls from both the nearby overlook and the one across the gorge were spectacular. One or 2 quiet woodland trails were also very nice. Our favorite was the Cable Trail down to the bottom of the falls (get a map from the Nature Ctr). The rocks around and behind Fall Creek Falls are wet & slippery, but my boyfriend got behind it for some fantastic shots. Just go slow and use your best judgement.

Reviewed by Rachel on 5/29/2004
Fall Creek Falls is absolutely the best waterfall in TN! It is awesome and very beautiful. The view is so pretty and puts you one with nature! A definite waterfall to see!!! There are wildlife always around and beautiful leaves in the Fall. If you like swinging bridges, there are 2 in the Park. A definite day trip to be able to take everything in. Hiking, Camping, Waterfalls, Nature Center, and more.

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