Fall Creek Falls: Tennessee State Park for Waterfall Lovers!

Fall Creek Falls: Tennessee State Park for Waterfall Lovers!

Fall Creek Falls State Park – Overview

Home to the tallest waterfall in the eastern United States (256 feet FCF), this Tennessee state park is an ideal destination for nature lovers. The park has over 22,000 acres of land to explore. The park is located on the eastern edge of the Cumberland Plateau along the Upper Cane Creek watershed. For nature lovers, there are numerous hiking and biking trails, fishing, swimming, horseback riding and camping opportunities, and for the less adventurous, there is an Olympic-sized swimming pool, nature center, restaurant, playgrounds and pavilions for a picnic.


The six most impressive waterfalls in the park can be seen in one afternoon. 256′ Fall Creek Falls has a nice viewing area. Next to the big falls is Coon Creek Falls, best seen after a heavy rain, otherwise it’s usually an unimpressive trickle to the right of the bigger falls.

From the Nature Center you can easily see the 45′ Cane Creek Cascades. Walk across the suspension bridge and follow the trail around to see the 85-foot Cane Creek Falls and the 125-foot Rockhouse Falls.

Weather permitting, hike to the Piney Creek Falls viewing area. This 80-foot waterfall is across the gorge and is mostly hidden by trees. Walk the suspension bridge for a slightly better view, or better yet, wait to visit this one in late fall or winter for optimal views.

Moon bows

Cane Creek Falls displays an impressive lunar rainbow during certain phases of the moon and during particularly high flow. A lunar rainbow is a lunar rainbow produced by light reflecting off the surface of the moon. Lunar rainbows will always appear in the opposite part of the sky from the moon.


Known for its views and waterfalls, Fall Creek Falls also has a huge variety of plant and animal life. This is mainly due to the wide variety of topography and the presence of microclimates. During the summer months, the Nature Center offers daily programs, many of which explore this biodiversity in depth.

History of Tennessee

Acquired in 1935, construction of the park began in 1936 by the National Park Service using the efforts of the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) and the WPA (Works Progress Administration). In 1944, ownership of the park was transferred to the state. The park is located in middle Tennessee between Spencer and Pikeville, bordering Van Buren and Bledsoe counties.

Fall Creek Falls is a state park in Tennessee that should be on your bucket list. There are plenty of activities for nature lovers and it is sure to delight both adults and children. It is a reasonable driving distance from Nashville and Chattanooga. Make plans to visit this one-of-a-kind Tennessee treasure on your next vacation!

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