Spring Waterfall Tour April 2018

SPRING WATERFALL TOUR  

Based out of Cumberland Moutain State Park

Please join Tennessee State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath and Ranger Cara Alexander for this incredible three day spring hiking tour of ephemeral wildflowers and waterfalls.

  • Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29, 2018
  • $350 per person which includes meals, taxes, tips, transportation to the various destinations and all educational programming.

Join State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath and Ranger Cara Alexander on a three-day, two-night exploration of some of our most beautiful state waterfalls. This outdoor adventure features the waterfalls at Fall Creek Falls State Park and the impressive cascades and plunges of Ozone Falls, Piney Falls and Lost Creek Falls. Focusing on the beauty and history of these majestic falls, the tours also include educational and interpretive programs unique to each location. 

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Day 1: Friday, April 27

** A sturdy walking stick is recommended for the various hiking throughout the three days. For your convenience, you can find walking sticks available for purchase in the Cumberland Mountain gift shop located in the restaurant lobby.

Noon-1:00 PM: Meet your guides Randy Hedgepath and Cara Alexander at the Cumberland Mountain Restaurant. The tour meeting room will be downstairs.

1:00 PM: The group will load up for the first excursion, which will be to Colditz Cove State Natural Area 35 miles north of Crossville. There, we will do a 1.5-mile walk which includes some slopes with big rocks but has a spectacular rock shelter and beautiful Northrup Falls. We will return to Cumberland Mountain by 5:00 PM.

6:00 PM: Meet for dinner in the park restaurant to eat as a group.

7:00 PM: Informal evening program with pictures and stories of great waterfalls by State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath in the tour meeting room.

Day 2: Saturday, April 28

7:00 AM: Meet for breakfast at the park restaurant.

8:30 AM:  Depart for tour of Fall Creek Falls State Park including Cane Creek Falls, Cane Creek Cascades, Fall Creek Falls, and Piney Falls. A picnic lunch at Fall Creek Falls will be included. On the return trip we will visit the remote and wild Lost Creek Falls. We will do short walks at each falls of less than a half mile but there will be steep rocky terrain. We will return to Cumberland Mountain by 5:00 PM.

6:00 PM: Meet for dinner in the park restaurant.

7:00 PM: Evening program to be announced.

Day 3: Sunday, April 29

7:00 AM: Meet for breakfast at the park restaurant.

8:00 AM: Cabin check out if staying at one of the cabins at Cumberland Mountain.  

8:30 AM: Excursion to the Piney Falls and Ozone Falls State Natural Areas. The walk at Piney is a 2-mile mostly easy roundtrip with a short steep rocky area. The walk at Ozone is less than a quarter mile but the best view is from under the bluff which is steep and rocky. The tour will conclude when we return to Cumberland Mountain by 1:00 PM.

All times are Central time.

Download printable schedule (pdf)           


HELPFUL LINKS

Cumberland Mountain State Park
Ozone Falls State Natural Area
Piney Falls State Natural Area
Lost Creek State Natural Area
Fall Creek Falls State Park


ABOUT YOUR GUIDES

State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath has more than 34 years of experience with Tennessee State Parks. Randy has served as a Ranger Naturalist at South Cumberland and Radnor Lake State Parks. He was appointed State Naturalist for Tennessee State Parks in 2007. A graduate of UT-Martin and former National Park Service Interpretive Specialist, Randy is one of the most sought after interpretive specialists in the southeastern United States.

Park Ranger Cara Alexander graduated from U.T. Knoxville with a B.S. in Forestry and a minor in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. She began her career with Tennessee State Parks as the Seasonal Interpretive Ranger at David Crockett Birthplace and Fall Creek Falls State Parks. As a full time Ranger since 2011, Cara has worked at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville and at Fall Creek Falls State Park. Her interests include hiking, birding, and photography.