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Cumberland Mountain State Park

November Waterfall Tour


Based out of Cumberland Mountain State Park

  • Wednesday, November 4 through Friday, November 6
  • $250 per person
  • Package price includes meals, all interpretive programming, taxes, gratuities, and transportation to various destinations. Price does not include lodging. Cabins are available at Cumberland Mountain State Park.

Join State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath and Naturalist Holly Taylor 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 Piney Falls and Northrup Falls. We will conclude the tour with a visit to Ozone Falls and Black Mountain State Natural Areas. The tours focus on the beauty and history of these majestic falls and include legends and folklore, and other educational and interpretive programs unique to each location. Tour begins at 1:00 PM on Wednesday and ends at noon on Friday.




Participants should be able to walk over rugged terrain for short distances and climb some steep grades. A backpack, water bottle, and walking stick or pole are highly recommended. Good hiking boots are needed and outdoor appropriate attire.


Noon to 1:00 PM: Meet State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath, Assistant State Naturalist Holly Taylor, and fellow guests at the Cumberland Mountain Restaurant. The tour meeting room is downstairs.

1:00 PM: The group will load in the vans for the first excursion, which will be 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 tour meeting room with food chosen from the restaurant buffet.

7:00 PM: Join State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath in the meeting room for the evening program featuring pictures and stories about Tennessee’s great waterfalls.


7:00 AM: Breakfast at Cumberland Mountain Restaurant, then everyone will get a bag lunch to enjoy at the Fall Creek Falls picnic area.

8:30 AM: Depart for a 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. Walks at each of the falls are 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

7:00 PM: Evening program to be announced.


7:00 to 8:30 AM: Breakfast and cabin check out.

8:30 AM: Excursion to Ozone Falls and Black Mountain State Natural Areas. Our walk at Ozone is less than .25 miles but the best view is from under the bluff which is steep and rocky. Our walk at Black Mountain is about a 1.5-mile roundtrip but has a wonderful sweeping panoramic view. The tour will conclude when we return to Cumberland Mountain by 1:00 PM.

All times are Central time.
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Cumberland Mountain State Park
Colditz Cove State Natural Area
Fall Creek Falls State Park
Ozone Falls State Natural Area


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 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.