February Waterfall Tour 2020
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FEBRUARY WATERFALL TOUR
Based out of Cumberland Mountain State Park
- Friday, Feb. 7 through Sunday, Feb. 9
- $250 per person
- Package price includes meals, all interpretive programming, taxes, gratuities, and transportation to various destinations. Price does not include lodging. (Cabins at Cumberland Mountain are available for an additional cost.)
Please join Tennessee State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath and Assistant State Naturalist Holly Taylor for this exciting, hiking tour of some of our favorite waterfalls! This tour has been carefully curated to capture the essence of Tennessee's unique and most remarkable areas. You will explore Tennessee’s Highland Rim and Cumberland Plateau, nationally known for the cascades, gorges, rock houses and waterfalls nestled among their lush forest lands. The tour includes legends and folklore, and other educational and interpretive programs unique to each location, most meals, and transportation during the tour.
A sturdy walking stick is recommended for the hikes throughout the three days. Walking sticks are available for purchase in the Cumberland Mountain gift shop located in the restaurant lobby.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7
Noon to 1:00 PM: Meet your guides Randy Hedgepath and Holly Taylor at the Cumberland Mountain Restaurant. The tour meeting room is downstairs.
1:00 PM: The group will load up for the first excursion, which is to Colditz Cove State Natural Area, 35 miles north of Crossville. There will be a 1.5-mile walk, which includes some slopes with big rocks but has a spectacular rock shelter and beautiful Northrup Falls. We will return to Cumberland Mountain State Park by 5:00 PM.
6:00 PM: Dinner in the park restaurant.
7:00 PM: The evening program will be pictures and stories of great Tennessee waterfalls by State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath, in the tour meeting room.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8
7:00 AM: Breakfast at Cumberland Mountain Restaurant. Everyone will get a bag lunch to enjoy at the Fall Creek Falls picnic area. Please let the staff know of any dietary restrictions.
8:00 AM: Depart for the tour of Fall Creek Falls State Park including Cane Creek Falls, Cane Creek Cascades, Fall Creek Falls, and Piney Falls. On the return trip, we will visit the remote and wild Lost Creek Falls. We will take short walks at each falls of less than a half-mile, but there will be steep rocky terrain. The longest walk will be to the base of Fall Creek Falls, which is a rugged .8 mile hike. We will return to Cumberland Mountain by 5:00 PM.
6:00 PM: Dinner in the tour meeting room from the restaurant buffet.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9
7:00 AM: Breakfast
8:00 AM: Cabin check out
8:30 AM: Excursion to Ozone Falls and Black Mountain State Natural Areas. Our walk at Ozone is less than a quarter-mile, but the best view is from under the bluff, which is steep and rocky. Our hike at Black Mountain is about a 1.5-mile roundtrip but has a beautiful sweeping panoramic view. The tour will conclude when we return to Cumberland Mountain by 1:00 PM.
All times are Central time.
Printable Schedule (pdf)
ABOUT YOUR GUIDES
Holly Taylor got her start with Tennessee State Parks as a Seasonal Interpretive Ranger in 2006, working six years at Edgar Evins State Park before working as a wildlife presenter for the Natural History Education Company of the Mid-South. She took time off to stay at home with her son before returning to TN State Parks as the assistant to State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath in 2018. She graduated from TTU in 2009 with a B.S. in Conservation Biology and also serves as the chapter coordinator for the Cumberland Mountain Chapter of the Tennessee Naturalist Program.
State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath has more than 36 years of experience with Tennessee State Parks. Randy 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.