Hike to Fall Creek Falls

Tennessee Fall Creek Falls State Park

Added by Clare Healy

Explore every inch of the highest free-fall waterfall east of the Mississippi River from the rim trail to the base of the falls. Then continue on the trail to see 5 other waterfalls and a swinging bridge within the park!

Fall Creek Falls State Park is sprawled across the eastern top of the rugged Cumberland Plateau. The 20,000-acre park is one of the most scenic parks in the country and is the largest recreation area in the state of Tennessee. It is home to a 256-foot waterfall, cascades, gorges, 5 other waterfalls, campsites, cabins, and more than 34 miles of hiking trails.

You can park right at the Fall Creek Falls overlook and be awed with a view from above the towering falls in just seconds. Then be sure to follow the orange blazes for the Base of Fall Creek Falls Trail, a half mile downhill trail that will let you experience the falls from below. You can even go for a dip during the warmer months!

The Woodland Trail (yellow blazes) is the main 1-mile trail connecting the Fall Creek Falls overlook to the Nature Center. Take this to cross the Cane Creek Cascade via swinging bridge and hope over the to the Gorge Overlook Trail (red blazes) for overlooks of Cane Creek Falls and Cane Creek Gulf. Additionally, there are two long distance overnight trails for backpackers while the day-use trails are designed to accommodate recreational activities for all ages.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Wind breaker/ jacket
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Skill Level:



Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



3 Miles

Elev. Gain:

715 Feet




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7 months ago

Awesome Place!

This is a great place with a beautiful waterfall. Camped at the state park, which I loved. My favorite part was hiking to the base of the falls. It was certainly cold but being at the bottom and looking up at such an awesome waterfall was pretty sweet. There's a boulder at the bottom in front of the waterfall which is great for photographing people in front of the falls. There are other great spots, too. Fair warning though, if it's not summer, it can get pretty cold down there. It's also pretty slippery, so tread carefully!

7 months ago

8 months ago

A Must-See

A beautiful hike that you won't want to miss! I highly recommend packing a picnic and spending your afternoon by the waterfall.

8 months ago

8 months ago


I went camping here with my family several times growing up. Great memories climbing behind the waterfall around the rocks.

8 months ago

9 months ago


Fall Creek Falls is a perfect weekend getaway. There's plenty of day hikes and plenty of water to cool off in. Bring a camera, you definitely want to bring some memories home from this trip.

9 months ago

Added by Clare Healy

Adventure and travel storyteller from the west, but currently soaking up the South from Chattanooga, TN. If you're in the area, let's go on an adventure.

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