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Cumberland Plateau Region
Fall Creek Falls State Park
FALL CREEK FALLS STATE PARK
FALL CREEK FALLS STATE PARK
2009 Village Camp Road
Pikeville , Tennessee   37367

Phone: 423-881-5298
Reservations: 800-250-8610
Fall Creek Falls State Park

Fall Creek Falls State Park

Fall Creek Falls State Park
'Fall Creek Falls Lake Sunset 2'

Fall Creek Falls State Park
'Fall Creek Falls'
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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.

Fall Creek Falls State Park

Fall Creek Falls State Park
'Cane Creek View'

Fall Creek Falls State Park
'Cane Creek Cascades'
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Fall Creek Falls State Park
'Fall Creek Falls Sunset'

Fall Creek Falls State Park

Fall Creek Falls State Park

Fall Creek Falls State Park

Fall Creek Falls State Resort Park is one of the most scenic and spectacular recreation areas in America. Its waterfalls, cascades, sparkling streams, gorges, timberland and an unmatched variety of recreation facilities and activities have made it one of the most popular parks in the Southeast. Fall Creek Falls is one of the highest waterfalls east of the Rocky Mountains, plunging 256 feet into a shaded pool at the base of its gorge. The park's other falls, (Piney, Cane Creek and Cane Creek Cascades), though smaller, are just as impressive.

The oak and hickory forest that covers most of the park gives way to tulip poplar and hemlock forest in the gorges. The plants and animals of the moist, protected gorges are not unlike the species found in southern Canada. Mountain laurel and rhododendron are abundant throughout the park, as are other plants and animals.

The park is located in Bledsoe and Van Buren counties, 11 miles east of Spencer and 18 miles west of Pikeville. It may be entered from Highway 111 or Highway 30.
Cabins
The park features 20 two-bedroom cabins which can sleep eight and 10 three-bedroom villas which can sleep ten. All cabins are fully furnished, have central heat/air and are fully equipped for housekeeping with linens, cooking and serving utensils, telephone, vcr and color cable tv provided. Each has a fireplace with firewood provided during the months of October through May. The 10 fishermen cabins are two-story cabins located directly on Fall Creek Lake. Fisherman cabin guests enjoy outdoor cooking, sunbathing, and fishing from their private porches situated out over the lake. There are also 10 landside cabins located on a hill overlooking the lake, each complete with patio, picnic table, and grill for cooking and dining outdoors. One landside cabin is accessible to persons with a disability.

One cabin is available to guests with pets and all service animals are allowed.
Camping
Fall Creek offers 228 campsites in three campgrounds. All sites have tables, grills, and water and electrical hook-ups. Central bathhouses with showers serve the campgrounds and a dump station is provided for self contained camping rigs. Campers must register at the campground check-in station. The stay limit is two weeks and select sites can be reserved. Fall Creek has two group camps, both featuring rustic bunkhouses clustered around central dining halls, bathhouses, and recreation buildings. Both camps provide private swimming beaches, playfields, fire rings, and private staff quarters.

Backcountry camping is allowed. There are three backcountry campsites and a permit is required. Pack animals are not allowed in the park.

Campsite Regulations:Each site may contain no more than eight people. A campsite may contain only one camping unit (motor home, trailer, pop-up, pickup camper, lowed camper, etc.) This site may also contain one tent but no more than three tents. All parked vehicles must not infringe on a neighboring campsite or block the road in any way.

All sites must be paid for and the site marker posted. The site must be occupied by non-movable property. Examples of non- movable property are an erected tent, set up camper, vehicle, motor home, or human. Examples of non-acceptable property are coolers, chairs, tablecloth, rope or string. Sites held with non-acceptable property are subject to having property picked up by a ranger and the site rented.

Group Camping

Youth Camp 1:

Accommodates 100 people. The camp consists of non-winterized cabins grouped in sections with four to six bunks per cabin. Bathhouses are centrally located. The kitchen and dining hall is complete with cooking utensils, walk-in cooler and freezer, commercial dishwasher, and large mixer. You must bring your own linens, toilet tissue, soap, towels, etc.

Youth Camp II:

Accommodates 144 people. Arrangement similar to Camp I. The camp consists of non-winterized cabins grouped in sections with four to six bunks per cabin. Bathhouses are centrally located. The kitchen and dining hall is complete with cooking utensils, walk-in cooler and freezer, commercial dishwasher, and large mixer. You must bring your own linens, toilet tissue, soap, towels, etc.
Swimming
The park has an olympic-sized swimming pool, a wading pool for children and ample sun-bathing space. Modern bathhouses and a snack bar serve the pool users. Lifeguards are on duty during swimming hours.
Boating
No privately owned boats are allowed on the lake. Pedal boats, canoes and aluminum fishing boats may be rented through the park office. Trolling motors are no longer available for rent. Please bring your own trolling motor and battery.

Pontoon boat rides may be arranged through the programming staff at the Naure Center by calling 423-881-5708.

For boat rentals: 423-881-5500


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Picnicking
Fall Creek has 12 picnic areas scattered throughout the park with individual picnic tables. Grills are provided and water spigots are located nearby.

There are 5 picnic pavilions that accommodate 75 people each. Reservations may be taken up to 2 years in advance. Most all picnic areas are accessible to persons with a disability and have some paved parking.
Trails
Fall Creek Falls State Park offers a variety of day-use trails. Providing access to some of the park's loveliest areas, the trails pass into virgin woods, over fast flowing streams, and around awesome gorges and waterfalls. The day-use trails are designed to accommodate recreational and educational activities including fitness walking, leisure walking and easy hiking, or exploring the Parks' geological features and forest life typical of the Cumberland Pleateau.

The Nature Center, located near the North entrance of the park, is a popular trailhead. Trail information is available inside the Nature Center. Trails also originate or can be linked from the village area, campground, inn, group camp #2 entrance gate, the Falls parking lot and the Piney Falls parking lot.

The Fall Creek Falls Overlook Trail is accessible to persons with a disability.
Area Attractions
From 15km races, backpacking trips and bicycle excursions, to rock climbing workshops, Fall Creek Falls SP offers activities for the whole family throughout the year. No matter where your interests lie, Fall Creek Falls SP has something for you. Contact the park for more information.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 29 Wonderful Waterfalls by jenn
I great comdonation of adventure and beauty. A very peaceful park with great views and chances to get close to nature.
April 12 by Kip & Elsie cowart Helena, Al
It is by far the best camp ground that my wife & myself love to go several times a year. We love to play golf & it fits our needs as for camping. The people that work there are super nice.
May 3 Family Vacation Paradise by Suluap
My favorite vacation place for many years. The facillities are great and I love the staff at every level, especially in the dining room.
July 25 a great getaway by broken vessel
me and my family loves it up there. We go as much as we can. It is so beautiful and peaceful. If you just want to getaway. That is a great place for it.
June 25
Excellent lodge which is quite large considering this park is quite a ways from any city of 30,000 residents or more. Very nice golf course which is heavily wooded and built on rolling terrain. The course is very reasonably priced and can be walked or there are carts avaiable. Nice little nature museum in the park.
May 26 Rescue Sunday by R.Groot
Our son saved a man from drowning Sunday.He came up once and called for help so our son dove in an rescued him.Good ending to a possible catastrophe.


Area Campgrounds

Mountain Glen RV Park
6182 Brockdell Road
Pikeville, TN


Area Cabins and Lodges
Grandview Village Resorts
25 High Meadow Dr
Spencer, TN
(423) 881-5446


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Directions
From Nashville take I-40 East to Cookeville. Turn right onto 111 South (exit 288). Park entrance is on the left on Highway 284 (45 miles).

From Knoxville, take I-40 West to Crossville, Peavine Road, exit #322. Take a left off the exit, onto Hwy 101 South. At the 4-way stop, go straight on Hwy 392, through the first traffic light (at Hwy 127). Continue straight to the 2nd traffic light (Lantana Road, Hwy 101). Take a left turn onto Hwy 101 South, and travel approx. 30 minutes to a dead-end. Turn left (still on Hwy 101 South) and go approx. 4 miles to Hwy 30. Turn right on Hwy 30 West. Park entrance is approx. 5 miles on the left (at Hwy 284).

From Atlanta, take I-75 North to Chattanooga, take I-24 toward Nashville, take Hwy 27 North toward Dayton and follow Highway 111 North to the park entrance on the right.

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