We love hiking out to see waterfalls. Recently, my family hiked around Fall Creek Falls State Park
near Pikeville, Tennessee. There are several waterfalls to see. Since it had recently been raining, the Falls presented a spectacular site well worth the visit.
Fall Creek Falls State Park
A paradise of more than 20,000 acres sprawled across the eastern top of the rugged Cumberland Plateau, Fall Creek Falls State Park is one of the most scenic and spectacular outdoor recreation areas in America.
Laced with cascades, gorges, waterfalls, streams, and lush stands of virgin hardwood timber, the park beckons those who enjoy nature at her finest.
While 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.
One of the highlights of Fall Creek Falls is the suspension bridge. It stretches high enough to present a fun challenge for the hiker. We hiked down under the bridge to enjoy the water below.
The trails on these hikes are well marked and range in difficulty. You can easily enjoy some of the overlooks without any serious hiking skills. But to see some of the Falls, you will need to navigate over some rocks and rougher trails. Consult the map before starting off on a trail.
Fall Creek Falls Overlook
One of the most popular destinations is the Fall Creek Falls Overlook. It is a very short trail that leads down a simple path. There are restrooms, picnic areas and park benches available. You can take many hiking trails off this path, but the direct overlook is easily accessible.
Fall Creek Falls
A little farther down the road is the Cane Creek Falls and Cascades. You can also take a few minutes and visit the free Nature Center at this stop.
We hiked on down to the bottom of the Cascades where the kids could feel the spray from the Cascades. In the summer months, this area is often popular with local waders and water lovers.
2009 Village Camp Road
Pikeville, TN 37367
Fall Creek Falls State Park Official Site
Cost for Admission
There is no charge to enter the park or hike.
Other Things to do:
The Fall Creek Falls State Park also has a full service restaurant, swimming pool, lodge, golf course, campsites, fishing locations and more. You can read more information about the other things to do here.
Have you ever visited Fall Creek Falls State Park? What is your favorite of the Falls? I’d love to hear your stories!