Fall Creek Falls State Park
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Introduction

There is a lot to see and do in the state of Tennessee, but did you know that it is also home to one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States? In Bledsoe and Van Buren counties, you’ll find Fall Creek Falls State Park, which holds one of the tallest waterfalls around. Fall Creek Falls totals 256 feet, and it’s a sight that you don’t want to miss.

Along with that, you can also discover other waterfalls here in this park like Cane Creek Falls and Cascades, and Piney Falls. When you bring your RV to stay for a few days, you’ll discover all kinds of new things. The 26,000 total acres of park land is filled with fun and exciting activities for people of all ages and interests.

If you like to golf, you can do so at the golf course that’s located right here in the park. For the brave ones that enjoy challenges, you can head on over to the Canopy Challenge Course, where you can cross high swinging bridges, ride ziplines, walk balance beams, and much more. Of course, there’s also the typical relaxing park activities that you can enjoy as well, such as hiking, nature programs, swimming, and fishing. When you bring your RV for a camping trip at Fall Creek Falls State Park, you’ll have lots of fun things to get into.

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Transportation in Fall Creek Falls State Park

Driving

Getting to the park is made simple with modern day GPS, and once you’re inside the park, you can easily pick up a map to help you find your way around. This park is very welcoming to RVs of all sizes, so you should run into no difficulties with driving it inside the park.

Parking

There are various parking areas inside the park, but since they are a very popular park, it can become crowded and make finding parking a challenge. That’s why you should go ahead and set up your RV at a campsite before venturing out into the park, especially during peak season, weekends, and holidays.

Public Transport

Campgrounds and parking in Fall Creek Falls State Park

Campsites in Fall Creek Falls State Park

Reservations camping

The Campground at Fall Creek Falls State Park

If you’re planning on bringing your RV to this park, you’ll have plenty of options with 222 campsites to choose from within five different areas. No matter which one of these sites that you decide to go with, you’ll be guaranteed a picnic table, grill, water, and electric hookups. You can also get sewer hookups at 92 of these sites. Some sites can even accommodate RVs up to 65 feet in length, so if your RV is fairly large, you won’t need to worry. Nearby, you’ll find six bath houses that you can use to clean up, and if you need to do laundry too, there is a laundry facility that is open year round. If you need groceries or anything else during your stay, you can visit the camp store in The Village. All your needs will surely be met during your RV camping trip at Fall Creek Falls State Park.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Backcountry Camping

If you’ve decided that you’d rather leave the RV behind and try something a little more primitive to get in touch with nature, you can come backcountry camping here in the park. There are 16 sites spread out into four different areas. In order to get there, you’ll need to backpack a ways to your reserved site. This kind of camping can be a challenge for some, as you won’t have nearly as many amenities. But if you’re willing to accept the challenge, it can be a great way to get to know nature more up close.

Cabin Camping

If you’re actually looking for something a bit nicer than staying in an RV, you can choose to stay in a cabin instead. There are two types of cabins that you can stay at here at Fall Creek Falls State Park, and those are fisherman and landslide cabins. You’ll find the fisherman cabins right on Fall Creek Lake, making them perfect for those who like fishing and other lake activities. There are 20 of these here. Most of them are two-bedroom, but some are three-bedroom cabins. You’ll find the landslide cabins a bit further off, on a hill overlooking the lake. There are 10 of these types of cabins, and they are all two-bedroom. No matter what cabin you choose, you’ll be guaranteed the finest of amenities and a great stay.

Seasonal activities in Fall Creek Falls State Park

In-Season

Canopy Challenge Course

If you’re looking for an exciting and unforgettable adventure, then you’ve come to the right park. The Canopy Challenge Course is filled with obstacles like bridges and rope swings, ladders and cargo nets, and balance beams and ziplines for two and a half hours of challenges and fun. Test your teamwork skills or simply do it all on your own.

Golf

The golf course here was designed by Joe Lee, and it’s one of the most difficult golf courses around. So if you like to golf and you like a challenge, this is the place for you. The Fall Creek Falls Golf Course opened in 1972, and has been pleasing golfers ever since. Maybe even more so after 1998, when they did some work on it to keep it in top shape for all to enjoy.

Boating

If you want to get out on the lake, you can rent an aluminum jon boat from the park. You’ll need to bring your own trolling motor and battery though. If those kinds of boats really aren’t your thing, then you can bring your own canoe or kayak and take that out on the water instead. Nothing beats a hot summer day out on the lake.

Swimming

If you don’t really care much for the lake, but still want to cool off from the summer heat by jumping into cool and refreshing water, then head on over to the pool that’s located right here in the park. This Olympic sized pool is open seven days a week during the summer, and you can rest easy too knowing that there is a lifeguard on duty.

Rock Climbing

If you like to go rock climbing and would like to do so here at Fall Creek Falls State Park, then you will need to be registered, as the park will not allow rock climbers that aren’t. Luckily, this is free and easy to do. You can simply do it online or at the Park Headquarters, which is located in the Taft Village Area.

Off-Season

Interpretive Programs

There is always something going on in this park, and there’s no better way to learn a few things than through a hands-on learning experience. Better yet, during the winter and off season, you can check out all the fun holiday activities that are bound to be joyous and memorable for years to come.

Hiking

As popular as this park is, you might find that coming hiking during the off season will help you appreciate all the trails and nature. There are over 56 miles of trails for you to explore, and there is a trail for everyone. Some trails are short and perfect for a leisurely stroll, while others are long, treacherous, and even overnight trails for the more adventurous and daring.

Biking

If you like to go mountain biking, this park has the perfect opportunities for you. There are three trails that you can take, and altogether, they total 24 miles. These trails are considered intermediate, and you’ll find rocks, trees, and even creek crossings that you’ll have to take on with your bike. Just be sure to stay safe.

Birdwatching

140. That’s the number of species of birds that are found in this park through the year. When you come birdwatching in the park during the off season, you can see some migratory birds as well, and not have to worry as much about people scaring them off as you try to spot and identify them all.

Fishing

Fall Creek Lake has lots to offer those that enjoy fishing. Not only does the lake give you chances to catch plentiful Largemouth Bass, but you could also catch some impressive Bluegill and Channel Catfish. In fact, they have some state record catches of these fish at this lake. The best times of the year to come fishing are in the spring and fall, but the off season means less crowds and less competition.

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