"Tennessee's Finest: Fall Creek Falls State Park" Fall Creek Falls State Park by Stephen-KarenConn
Fall Creek Falls State Park Travel Guide: 25 reviews and 38 photos
Fall Creek Falls State Park is the largest and most popular state park in Tennessee, and also my personal favorite. It has also been rated as one of the top state parks in America, yet it remains undiscovered by the vast majority of tourists to the Volunteer State.
Perhaps that is because Fall Creek Falls is not actually close to anywhere, and it is on no well-traveled route. However, for those who seek it out, the park is only about 90 minutes from either Chattanooga or Knoxville, and two hours from Nashville, located approximately in the center of the triangle created by these three cities. It sits at about 2,000 feet elevation, atop Tennessee's picturesque Cumberland Plateau, one of the most rugged and least populated parts of the state.
The centerpiece of the park is Fall Creek Falls, which, at 256 feet, is the highest waterfall in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. However there are also at least four other impressive waterfalls in the park, as well as high cliffs, deep gorges, caves, fabulous swimming holes, a large lake, and a host of modern ammenities, including a great lodge, restaurants, and swimming pools.
Karen and I love this area so much we have bought 7 acres of land just a few miles from the park entrance and are planning to build our retirement home there.
Please don't visit Fall Creek Falls. Instead go to the Smoky Mountains with all the other tourist hordes, and leave this prettiest spot in Tennessee to those of us who love having the place all to ourselves.
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