We camped at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Spencer, TN for 5 nights in early August, 2017 in our 1997 Georgie Boy Maverick Class C Motorhome. We were there just after locals schools had started and the week was quiet and peaceful, things began to pick up by Friday.
|Waiting for the nightly "Firefly" show... dreamy...|
|Overlook to view Cane Creek Falls - there is a difficult trail to get to the base|
called the "Cable Trail", really fun, but a lot of work up and down!
|What a day...what a view...exploring outside the park|
In a nutshell: Waterfalls, fireflies, hiking, incredible views!, bike riding, sweet forest scents, family fun, adventure, swimming holes, peaceful beauty all around, birds, flowers.
|Great swimming hole!|
|Fall Creek Falls|
Things to be aware of:
|Daunting edges! Know your own abilities,|
and please be careful!
This park is very natural and beautiful, this is actually one of the things we love about it, there aren't a lot of "safety" railings, etc... however, if you aren't careful it can be dangerous. There are high rocky edges that will most likely be fatal should you fall. Be sure to know your limits, check carefully before stepping close to edges, and don't allow your children to "run ahead" of you when you approach overlooks. It's easy to walk off the trail and many overlook spots end at a sheer drop off. Be cautious, be wise and enjoy the raw beauty.
|Sometimes water that isn't rushing makes for great photos.|
|We are several feet from this edge, but it can easily be accessed|
and is a sheer drop to the rocky bottom. Please be cautious!
|That is one of the overlooks along the loop trail...amazing views!|
Negatives: There was quite a bit of garbage in areas that I truly thought should have been clean. :( It made me sad, someone said the "locals" don't clean up after themselves, but I kinda thought the park staff should be doing that as well. :/
Wear a good spray! I came home with plenty of chigger bites! Ouch (still itching)...though I did put on spray..sigh.
We saw so many deer each day, both in the campground and throughout the park. Please watch for them and obey the speed limit within the park!
Fall Creek Falls is controlled by a Dam, and the water was not gushing when we visited this year. However, the first time we visited was in June (many years ago) and all the Falls were really flowing hard. I heard that spring is the best time for a full flow, however, it would be very cold for swimming! Choices choices... :)
Do a search to find other Falls and State Parks within an hour from this one (there are a few), also look into "swimming holes of Tennessee" if you like the more secretive "local" thing. Take a day or two to explore them.
If you like authentic Mexican food, go to El Tapatio Sparta! Yes, really, in Tennessee!!! I grew up on the border and I know real Mexican food when I taste it. Check out it out and maybe grab a movie at the Drive In afterward! :)
Go for a country drive outside the park to see some beautiful countryside, or just stay within the 20,000 acres of beautiful Fall Creek Falls and have a blast! I heard they have the BEST ice cream ever! So you should probably give it a try.
We love this park and always look forward to going back again! :)