South Cumberland State Park


Fall Waterfall Tour November 2018

Waterfall Tour Novmeber 2018

Based out of Fall Creek Falls State Park

  • Friday, November 16 through Sunday, November 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

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.

Friday, November 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.

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM: Meet Randy and Cara in the Inn lobby, where they will be waiting to welcome 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 walk to the base of Fall Creek Falls. This is a steep and rugged walk so participants should wear sturdy shoes and bring a pack for personal needs such as water and camera. We will also visit Buzzard’s Roost Overlook for the sunset.

5:00 PM: Return to Fall Creek Falls Inn.

6:00 PM: Meet the group in the tour meeting room for dinner followed by an informal picture show of waterfalls by State Naturalist, Randy Hedgepath

Saturday, November 17

7:00 to 8:00 AM: Meet for breakfast in the restaurant at a group table.

8:00 AM: Depart for Savage Gulf State Natural Area within the South Cumberland State Park. We will hike a rugged one and a half mile hike to see the spectacular, triple drop Suter Falls at the Collins West Trailhead. Lunch will be a picnic at the Foster Falls shelter, followed by a two mile roundtrip hike at Denny Cove. We will return to Fall Creek Falls Inn by 5:00 PM.

6:00 PM: Dinner in the tour meeting room. After dinner will be an optional program by a guest speaker.

Sunday, November 18

7:30 AM to 8:30 AM: Meet for breakfast in the park restaurant at a group table and check out of your rooms. Check out of your room and meet at the front entrance for the last tour.

8:30 AM: Meet at the front entrance for the last tour. Depart for Lost Creek State Natural Area with a stop at Cane Creek Cascades on the return trip. The tour ends at noon.

All times are Central time. 

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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.