At 256 feet, Fall Creek Falls is the second highest free fall waterfall west of the Mississippi River. The falls, located just below the Appalachian Trail in Fall Creek Falls State Park, are found in the northwest corner of Trousdale County in northwestern Tennessee. A short hike leads down from the main parking area atop the cliff to the falls themselves, providing easy access to the magnificent plunge pool of the waterfall. The falls were named after a local judge who was instrumental in promoting the waterfalls.
The water from which the falls are made reveals a mystery beneath its rugged cliffs. Over the centuries, small creeks had accumulated near the falls, and at various times, the water has poured down through openings in the rock strata and gathered in great heaps. In addition to providing a waterfall for hikers and travelers to view, the falls are an excellent place to kayak and canoe through. Many camping trips are also made within the falls themselves.
The first two miles of trails leading down from the falls are beautiful. The route proceeds past beautiful groves of oak and ash along the river’s course. The route then makes a gradual ascend toward the falls, which are visible from almost any viewpoint. It is possible to view the falls from a distance by using a special outcropping that extends from one fall to the other. Hikers will find spectacular views of the creek as they travel along the 2.5-mile trail along the falls.
For those interested in more than just the falls, there are a number of fishing spots nearby. Fall Creek Falls State Park is only ten miles away, making it convenient to explore. There are also several established fishing campsites in the area. Fall Creek Falls State Park also offers camping, picnic, and cabins. The campground closest to the falls is approximately eight miles from the falls, making it convenient for day trips and long weekend outings.
A few hours from the falls is the quietest spot for a romantic getaway: Kingston Ledge. This quiet locale is only fifteen miles from the falls and has some beautiful scenery surrounding it. Fishing is abundant here and one of the most popular autumnal activities is fly fishing. The waters are calm and stocked with northern pike, perch, catfish, and trout. The park offers guided tours of the falls and Fly Fishing excursions, for those looking to experience the sport without the distraction of other tourists.
Taking a vacation in Tennessee and booking a fall creek falls package is an affordable way to enjoy one of the most beautiful places in the southeast. All accommodations are rustic and comfortable. Food is plentiful and prices are reasonable. A Fall Creek Falls Vacation Rentals package is sure to be a hit during your next trip to this area.