Fall Creek Falls State Park – Tennessee
Fall Creek Falls State Park spreads across more than 26,000 acres on the eastern tip of the Cumberland Plateau, has 56 miles of trails of incredibly diverse forest — oak, beech, poplar, and hemlock are just some of the species that flourish here. The variety of trees makes for stellar fall hues of brilliant crimson, burnt orange, and golden leaves.
Adding to the beauty at any time of year are streams, gorges, cascades, and waterfalls, including the park’s namesake Fall Creek Falls. At 256 feet, it’s the tallest waterfall in the eastern US. In addition to Fall Creek Falls, others worth checking out include Piney Falls, Cane Creek Falls, and Cane Creek Cascades. Besides the falls and miles of trails, the park has a Canopy Adventure Course with wobbly bridges, rope swings, zip lines, and other challenges that are a fun way to spend a couple of hours.
The largest park in the state also has 222 campsites in five different areas. Consider backcountry camping at one of the 16 campsites located in four different areas along the overnight backpacking trails. You can purchase groceries at the camp store or buy prepared food at the snack bar. There’s even a coin laundry facility, open year-round. Rates are $8 to $35 per night.