October 2017 Waterfall Tour ***SOLD OUT***
FALL WATERFALL TOUR **SOLD OUT***
Based out of Fall Creek Falls State Park
- Wednesday, October 25-Friday, October 27
- $269 per person based on double occupancy or $309 per person based on single occupancy
- Prices include all taxes and gratuities
- Also included are meals, lodging and transportation to our various destinations
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 spectacular beauty of South Cumberland State Park. Focusing on the beauty and history of these majestic falls, the tours also include educational and interpretive programs unique to each location.
- Please call Connie or Renee to reserve your spot today at 800-250-8610.
Photo ©Cara Alexander
Day 1, Wednesday, October 25
** 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.
1:00 PM to 2:00 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 tour of Scenic Loop in Fall Creek Falls State Park with the namesake falls, Buzzard’s Roost and Piney Falls. The total walking distance will be less than half a mile but will be rocky in places.
5:00 PM: Check in at the Fall Creek Falls Inn
6:00 PM: Meet the group in the Piney Conference Room for dinner followed by an informal picture show of waterfalls and fall colors by State Naturalist, Randy Hedgepath.
Day 2, Thursday, October 26
7:00 AM to 8:00 AM: Meet for breakfast in the park restaurant at a group table.
8:00 AM: Depart for Savage Gulf State Natural Area within the South Cumberland State Park. First stop will be Stone Door in Beersheba Springs for a two mile easy walk to the overlook and then lunch in the picnic shelter. Restrooms are available. Good walking shoes and a backpack for personal items like water, camera, and etc. are recommended. In the afternoon we will visit the Greeter Falls Area and walk the moderate 1.5 mile loop trail to see four waterfalls. The day’s tour will end upon arrival back at the Inn by 5:00 PM.
6:00 PM: Dinner in the Piney Room followed by an informal program by a guest speaker.
Day 3, Friday, October 27
7:30 AM to 8:30 AM: Meet for group breakfast in the park restaurant and room check out.
8:30 AM: Depart for Lost Creek Falls State Natural Area for a waterfall and a cave opening visit. On the return trip there will be a stop at the Cane Creek Falls and Cascades with the tour concluding by noon.
Note: Dinner will be from the Restaurant Buffet which the tour group will carry from the restaurant to the meeting room. Drinks will set up in the meeting room. Bar drinks will be available for guests for additional fees.
All times are Central time.
*Total hiking distance will be less than a mile on Wednesday, approximately 3.5 miles on Thursday and less than a mile on Friday. The hikes will be moderate in difficulty on rugged trails.
About Your Guides
State Naturalist, Randy Hedgepath has more than 33 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.