We took a trip to Fall Creek Falls State Park this summer and it was lots of fun and exercise! I had wanted to see one of the several Tennessee waterfalls for a while now. If you like hiking and climbing, this is the place to go. This gorgeous little slice of nature boasts several waterfalls with this one having a drop of an amazing 256-foot waterfall cascading into the gorge below.
This was a day trip that we took with the kids. It is about 3 hours from Clarksville, Tennessee. We packed up lots of water and brought mini backpacks and good walking shoes.
First, we stopped to view the falls from the top. This is easily accessible for those who are not up to or can’t make the hike to the bottom of the waterfall. the overlook is not very far from the parking area. For us, however, it was “adventure on” and we had to see the bottom of the waterfall.
The hike down the Base of Fall Creek Falls Trail is approximately .4 miles down and is considered moderately difficult in several areas.
There are some rocks and edges to maneuver, but as long as you wear the proper hiking gear and are generally healthy, you should be able to enjoy it.
After a scenic and winding trek down to the bottom, we finally made it. The falls were shallow that day so the kids were able to climb the rocks right at the waterfall. The rocks here are fairly slippery so they went barefoot. It is so majestic.
The Other Fun Adventures at Fall Creek Falls State Park
Make plans to stay a while during your Tennessee vacation. Fall Creek Falls offers cabin rentals right on the banks of Fall Creek Lake. There are also quaint little abodes scattered along the hill close to the lake. Offering both two and three bedrooms, these cabins are perfect for a fun family getaway. Guests enjoy private porches, spacious dining and living rooms and comfortable beds.
Canopy Challenge Course
Although we did not have time to try out this fun attraction, it is one of many fun things to do at Fall Creek Falls State Park. The Canopy Challenge Course offers lots of zip lines ranging in difficulty and obstacles that are as challenging as they are fun. They are open every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day. They advise you to make reservations in advance.
There are numerous swimming areas around the park. Whether you want to swim near the falls or in a refreshing pool or the lake, the choices are endless.
If you love fishing, you’re in luck. Fishermen and women flock for miles to this beautiful lake to enjoy the peaceful serenity and catch some of the many species of fish that call this area home.
Vacationers rent canoes, fishing boats and pedal boats through the park office and take excursions. Private boats are not allowed on the lake. Pontoon boat rides are also available.
Birdwatchers love this area for the wealth of feathered friends. Species such as the American Goldfinch, Blue Jay, Robin, Carolina Chicadee and House Finch live in and around the park.
The Golf Course Clubhouse is a favorite to both locals and visitors.
Boasting an impressive 18-hole layout, it is landscaped from the forest of the Cumberland Plateau.
On-site Amenities include a snack bar, carts, club rentals, practice green, range and lessons are available as well.
Although we did not get to experience the many things to do at Fall Creek Falls State Park, I definitely think it is a great place to visit if you decide to come to Tennessee.