Fall Creek Falls State Park


Waterfall Tour October 2018


Based out of Fall Creek Falls State Park

  • Monday, October 1-Wednesday, October 3
  • ​$299 per person based on double occupancy,  $399 single occupancy. All taxes and gratuities included.
  • 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 Cummins Falls, Burgess Falls and Rock Island. 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: Monday, October 1

** 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.

2:00 PM: Depart for tour of Fall Creek Falls Scenic Loop and Piney Falls. Short walks are part of the tour. Two of the trails have rocks and inclines so good walking shoes are needed but daypacks are not.

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM: Check in to room at Fall Creek Falls Inn.

6:00 PM: Meet for group dinner in the tour meeting room. After dinner the State Naturalist will present a program on waterfalls and detail the next day’s tour.

Day 2: Tuesday, October 2

7:00 AM to 8:00 AM: Meet for group breakfast in the restaurant and prepare for day long tour. Guests should dress for short walks with good walking shoes, daypack for personal needs, camera, etc.

8:00 AM: Depart for Burgess Falls State Natural Area and Cummins Falls State Park.

11:30 AM: Picnic lunch at Cummins Falls State Park.

12:30 PM: Depart for Rock Island State Park.

5:00 PM: Return to Fall Creek Falls.

6:00 PM: Group dinner in the tour meeting room.

Day 3: Wednesday, October 3

7:00 AM to 8:00 AM: Group breakfast in the restaurant and check out of rooms.

8:30 AM: Depart for half day tour within Fall Creek Falls State Park. Prepare for short walks involving stairs and inclines. Good walking shoes are needed but packs are not. Tour will end by noon.

All times are Central time. 

Download Printable Schedule (pdf)

Helpful Links


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.