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Fall Creek Falls State Park, Pikeville

Categories: Waterfalls, State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web
To see the highest free-falling waterfall east of the Mississippi, hike the trails of Fall Creek Falls State Park. Nestled in an area renowned for its geological formations and scenic overlooks, this state park spans over 8,000 hectares (20,000 acres). The park's namesake waterfall plunges from a height of 78 m (256 ft), creating a large pool of crystalline water surrounded by steep rocks covered in dense vegetation. The park also contains several caves, including one with the second-largest cavern chamber in the U.S. Open year-round, the site houses a restaurant, inn, 18-hole golf course, swimming pool, and three large campgrounds. Print or download a map of the park's trails and facilities before you visit. Take a look at our Pikeville itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Fall Creek Falls State Park and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Fall Creek Falls is arguably one of my favorite places to visit, especially during the fall. So many trails and beautiful palces to see. The falls were dried up due to the lack of rain, but it's still...  read more »
  • Very enjoyable day of hiking. Not too crowded. The fall stream was a bit thin due to the time of year, but still impressive. 
  • This is a lovely and large park with something for everyone. Beautiful waterfalls and great hikes. The Cable Trail is NOT to be missed. Very exciting and a great view from and at the bottom! Be sure t...  read more »
  • Very nice state park. We camped there and I love the size of the site's. There are plenty to choose from too! Wildlife everywhere. Beautiful waterfalls, fun trails. The lookout offered great views, we watched the sun start to set at buzzards roost, wish we could have seen the whole thing but they lock the gate at 6pm. Would definitely recommend! Would definitely visit again! Visited middle of August.
  • Good food and friendly restaurant staff. We love the park for pleasant walks and pretty drives in all's lovely in the winter too. Great water quality. We've rented cabins and boats in the past and have had great times, making this our favorite TN state park! They sell beautiful split oak baskets in the gift shop made by regional craftspeople.
  • Fall Creek Falls is stunning and lives up to its reputation of beautiful waterfalls. There are several different trails to hike, and those we went on all had their beautiful views to enjoy. The suspension bridge we encountered was a lot of fun, and we also rode horses at the nearby stables and had a great time. The lodge has wonderful food, and, like at many of the other state parks here in Tennessee, everyone was fantastic and helped ensure our stay was wonderful. The campground area is laid out in typical state park fashion with several loops, and they were tight but mostly easy to navigate. The slots are beautiful, though, and we will certainly be back at some point in the future!
  • Very nice, friendly staff. went there for photography. Don't do it unless there has been enough rain to keep falls running. could use better signage. Ask officer if I could fly drone and he was very kind but said no, they were very annoying. I ask what if i went out of park and flew in and he said they might have to shoot it down. lol one count of felony reckless endangerment plus there is nothing you can do if civilian, military drones or aircraft fly over cause you don't own the airspace. Again, nice and courtesy staff.
  • The sights were unbelievable. I wouldn't recommend going late summer if you are expecting thriving falls. The lack of rain made them barely a trickle. The reason Im giving it 1 star is solely based on the number of inconsiderate people smoking ON THE TRAILS. It made the experience terrible to breathe that in while in such confined areas, not to mention how dangerous this is. We thought we'd cool off in the pool and paid a fair price to do so and guess what...rule number 6 in the pool village was NO SMOKING. So you can imagine my surprise when a girl lit up behind me and was puffing away for me to choke on her smoke. I informed the life guards who told me that they don't really follow that rule and if it bothered me I WOULD HAVE TO MOVE! Excuse me? When did smoking in state and national parks become legal? So if you hate smoke and rude people, I would not recommend this park.
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