Natural Swimming Hole Tour July 2018
Natural Swimming Hole Tour
Based out of Fall Creek Falls State Park
- Monday, July 16 through Wednesday, July 18
- $299 per person based on double occupancy or $399 per person based on single occupancy
- Prices include all taxes and gratuities
- Also included are meals, lodging and transportation to our various destinations
Please call Connie or Monica to reserve your spot today at 800-250-8610.
Join State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath and Ranger Cara Alexander on a three day tour of some of the most beautiful natural swimming holes in our state parks. The tour is a hiking and swimming adventure featuring three spectacular pools in South Cumberland State Park and three even more spectacular pools at Fall Creek Falls State Park. We will hike trails and explore the streambeds for four miles on Saturday at South Cumberland and do the same for one mile each day at Fall Creek Falls on Friday and Sunday. There is an optional half mile easy walk to an overlook at South Cumberland. The guides will tell you about the natural features along the way making the trip educational and fun. Participants should be a confident swimmer and adept at hiking over rugged terrain.
Day 1: Monday, July 16
** 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 Fall Creek Falls gift shop located in the Inn lobby.
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM: Meet Randy and Cara at the inn lobby, where they will be waiting to welcome the group and guide you to the tour meeting room. The front desk staff will also be available to answer questions, give directions and check in the guests.
3:00 PM: Depart for hike to upstream pool and top of falls at Piney Creek.
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM: Check in to room at Fall Creek Falls Inn.
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM: Meet for group dinner in the restaurant. After dinner, there will be social time and details for the next day’s tour.
Day 2: Tuesday July 17
7:00 AM to 8:00 AM: Meet for group breakfast in the restaurant.
8:30 AM: The all day tour will depart for South Cumberland State Park.
9:30 AM: Arrive at Greeter Falls Area for a three mile moderate walk and wade to visit two swimming holes- the hike will be on trails and in streambed.
12:00 PM: Picnic at Stone Door Area and take easy walk to overlook.
2:00 PM: Depart for Foster Falls Area.
3:00 PM: Walk the short but steep trail to falls pool.
5:00 PM: Depart for Fall Creek Falls
7:30 PM: Group dinner in the restaurant followed by a short music program.
Day 3: Wednesday July 18
7:30 AM to 8:30: AM: Breakfast at Fall Creek Falls Restaurant (check out of rooms).
9:00 AM: Depart for Cane Creek Falls to hike to the Cascades and descend on the short but steep cable trail to the plunge pool of Cane Creek Falls. Tour will end by noon.
All times are Central time.
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 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.