July 2017 Natural Swimming Holes Tour
Natural Swimming Holes Tour
Based out of Fall Creek Falls State Park
- Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 16
- $269 per person including all taxes and gratuities-package pricing based on double occupancy
- Also included are meals, lodging and transportation to our various destinations
Join us as we explore some of the most beautiful swimming holes in our state parks on this hiking and swimming adventure, featuring six spectacular natural pools.
Day 1: July 14
2:00 PM: Depart for an adventurous hike to the upstream pool and top of Piney Creek Falls. For those that can arrive midday on Friday: meet in the Fall Creek Falls lobby to take this special trip.
6:00 PM: Check in at Fall Creek Falls Inn.
7:00-9:00 PM: Social time and group dinner at the Fall Creek Falls Restaurant.
Day 2: July 15
7:00 AM: Group breakfast at the Fall Creek Falls Restaurant.
8:30 AM: Meet in the lobby as we depart for a beautiful tour of South Cumberland State Park’s Greeter Falls, Stone Door and Foster Falls areas including three spectacular swimming holes. Lunch will be provided at Stone Door and we should arrive back to Fall Creek Falls by 6 PM.
7:30 PM: Group dinner at Fall Creek Falls Restaurant followed by a short music program.
Day 3: July 16
7:30 AM: Group breakfast at the Fall Creek Falls Restaurant and check out of your room.
9:00 AM: Meet in the lobby to explore the Cane Creek Falls area where we will hike to the Cascades and descend on the short but steep cable trail to the incredible plunge pool of the Cane Creek Falls. This tour will conclude by noon.
*Total hiking and wading distance will be 1 mile on Friday, 4 miles on Saturday and 1 mile on Sunday. Participants must know how to swim and be able to hike over rugged terrain.
About Your Guides
State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath has more than 32 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 Davy 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.