Public Notice as of Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017: The Nature Center and surrounding grounds are closed for renovations. We anticipate reopening in May 2018. Visitors still have access to the suspension bridge behind the facility and still have the option of hiking to Fall Creek Falls from the area. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Rock climbing at Fall Creek Falls State Park is by registration only. Registration is free and available at Park Headquarters in the Taft Village Area and online.
There are over 56 miles of hiking trails around the park. Hikers can opt for short or long walks around the lake and to and from the base of Fall Creek Falls. There are two long distance overnight trails for the more adventuresome. The day-use trails are designed to accommodate recreational and educational activities including fitness walking, leisure walking and easy hiking, or exploring the parks' geological features and forest life typical of the Cumberland Plateau.
The Betty Dunn Nature Center, located near the North entrance of the park, is a popular trailhead. Trail information is available inside the Nature Center. Trails also originate or can be linked from the village area, campground, inn, group camp #2 entrance gate, the Falls parking lot and the Piney Falls parking lot.
Upper Loop (Cane Creek Overnight Trail) — 14.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Lower Loop (Cane Creek Overnight Trail) — 13.2 Miles — Natural Surface — Difficult
Gorge Overlook Trail — 1.2 — Natural Surface — Moderate
Woodland Trail — 0.9 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Turkey Pen Ridge — 0.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Base of Fall Creek Falls Trail — 0.4 Miles — Natural Surface — Difficult
Paw Paw Trail — 2.7 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Gilbert Gaul Trail — 4.3 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Link Trail — 4.6 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Bike Trail — 3.4 Miles — Paved Surface — Easy/ ADA
Wheeler Farm Loop — 1.9 Miles — Natural Surface — Difficult
Prater Place Trail — 2.9 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Cable Trail — 0.3 Miles — Natural Surface — Difficult
Campground Trail — 0.2 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
ArborTrek Treetop Obstacle Course
Join us in the trees for 2.5 hours of zip-riding, heart-pounding, bridge-crossing, breath-taking, tree-climbing, eco-friendly, unforgettable fun! Test your agility and resolve on 70+ aerial obstacles including ladders, wobbly bridges, rope swings, cargo nets, balance beams and zip lines. Following thorough instruction at Ground School, you will be let loose to explore six different 8-to-13-element routes ranging from serene to extreme.
The pool is open Sunday- Thursday from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and Friday-Saturday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The last day the pool will be open is Monday, Sept. 5. Admission is $5 per person for ages four and older.
Fall Creek Falls State Park is home to one of the most challenging 18-hole layouts carved out of the densely forested woodlands of the Cumberland Plateau. The course opened in 1972 and was designed by renowned designer Joe Lee. In 1998 the greens were rebuilt and restored to their original design and drainage work was performed in all 71 bunkers.
Aluminum jon boats may be rented year-round. Please bring your own trolling motor and battery. No privately owned, motorized boats or gasoline motors are allowed on the lake. Visitors may bring their own canoes and kayaks year-round. Paddleboats, kayaks and canoes are available for rent, April through October. Click "More Info" for complete details.
Fall Creek Lake (345 acre) provides catches of Largemouth Bass and is home to state record catches for Channel Catfish and Bluegill. Fishing is best in the spring and fall and is good from either a boat or the bank. Anglers enjoy bank and wade fishing in creeks throughout the park.
Fall Creek Falls is filled with deep gorges, dense and diverse woods, and bluff-top vistas, attracting awide array of bird life year-round. From the wide, panoramic views, such as famous Buzzard’s Roost, migratory broad-winged and other “buzzard hawks” soar with resident turkey and black vultures, frequently at eye level. The bluff tops also offer a peek into the canopy, with close looks at vibrantly colored warblers, vireos, and other neotropical migrants from mid-March to October. Year-round residents include barred owls, red-headed woodpeckers, Cooper’s hawks, and white-breasted nuthatches. Fall Creek Lake provides viewing opportunities in the winter for a variety of transient ducks, loons, and bald eagles. 140 species of birds have been observed throughout the year. For more locations, VIEW FLYER.
Upper Loop Trail (Moderate - 13.5 mile single track)
The Upper Loop Trail follows a little used backpacker trail. Because the trail was initially designed for backpacking, it contains some tight and twisty singletrack interlaced with open and flowing sections. The trail goes over rolling hills, with rocky sections and a few nice climbs. The Upper Loop can be accessed from the north entrance at the original park headquarters.
Chinquapin Ridge Mountain Bike Trail (Moderate - six mile out and back)
Located at the south end of the park between the Newton Ford Picnic Area and Group Lodge 1, this double track trail allows mountain bikers to visit some of the more remote areas of the park. This trail has several moderate inclines/declines with some creek crossings.
Piney Mountain Bike Trail (Moderate - eight mile out and back)
Leaving from the Group Camp 2 gate this out and back double track trail begins with a downhill ride crossing Piney Creek. This moderate ride will eventually end near the rim of Cane Creek gorge.
Trail Length: 24 miles
Trail Rating: Intermediate
The Nature Center at Fall Creek Falls offers hands-on environmental education through a variety of naturalist led programs. Additional programs include arts and crafts, movies, campfires, organized games and live musical entertainment. In addition to individual and family environmental education, the park offers extensive programming geared to school groups. Since 1996, the Environmental Education Center has been educating and facilitating environmental education through the parks vast natural resources by offering a low cost, high quality overnight field trip for school groups. The park serves as an excellent outdoor classroom with programs designed to relate to your school's required curriculum. For more information visit the Environmental Education Center or call the park office.