Saturday, October 1, 2011

Hike # 14 Fall Creek Falls

Fall Creek Falls, Gorge Overlook and Woodland Trails.  3 miles moderate to strenuous.  Fall Creek Falls State Park, Pikeville, TN.  Hike Leader Nora Henn.

 Fall Creek Falls State Resort Park is Tennessee’s premier state park because of its awesome scenery, a  wide variety of activities, and superb accommodations.  Though a portion of the park is developed, two thirds of the park is a state natural area.  On the Fall Creek Falls Trail we will wind down into Fall Creek Gorge and stand at the base of the 256 ft. high Fall Creek Falls, the tallest waterfall in the eastern United States.  Back on top we will have a bird’s eye view of the tall waterfall .From the Falls overlook we’ll pick up the Gorge Overlook and Woodland Trails Loop.  This route takes us around a blufftop above Cane Creek Gorge with grand views, over Cane Creek Cascade on a suspension bridge and then onto the Nature Center before looping back to the Fall Creek Falls overlook parking area.  This hike is easy except for the steep but thrilling hike down to the base of the falls. (Steps and handrails are provided) 

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