South Cumberland State Park

Winter Waterfall Tour February 2018

February Winter Waterfall Tour 2018

Based out of Fall Creek Falls State Park

  • Monday, February 19 through Wednesday, February 21
  • $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 Savage Gulf, Suter Falls and the Fiery Gizzard Trail. Focusing on the beauty and history of these majestic falls, the tours include legends and folklore, and other educational and interpretive programs unique to each location, 

  • Please call Connie or Renee to reserve your spot today at 800-250-8610.

Day 1: Monday, February 19

** 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 and give directions.

2:00 PM: Depart for tour of the scenic loop with a hike to the base of Fall Creek Falls. Check into your room when we return.  

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.

Day 2: Tuesday, February 20

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. We will walk a rugged two mile trail to the spectacular Suter Falls at the Collins West Trailhead. Lunch will be in Monteagle followed by a hike along the Fiery Gizzard Trail for three waterfalls with return to Fall Creek Falls by 5:00 PM.

6:00 PM: Dinner in the tour meeting room.

Day 3: Wednesday, February 21

7:30 AM to 8:30 AM: Meet for group breakfast at park restaurant and check out of your rooms.

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.

The hikes will be moderate in difficulty with the mileage on Friday of less than a mile, five miles of moderate rugged terrain on Saturday, and less than a mile on Sunday.

All times are Central time. 

Download printable schedule (pdf).

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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.