November Waterfall Tour 2019
November Waterfall Tour 2019
Based out of Cumberland Mountain State Park
- Friday, November 1 through Sunday, November 3
- $250 per person
- Package price includes meals, all interpretive programming, taxes, gratuities, and transportation to various destinations. Price does not include lodging.
Join State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath and Ranger Cara Alexander on a three-day 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 Lost Creek. 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 Friday and ends at noon on Sunday.
Day 1: Friday, November 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 Cumberland Mountain gift shop located in the restaurant lobby.
Noon: Meet guides Cara and Randy along with your fellow tour members in the meeting room at the park restaurant. The room is downstairs from the lobby. Ask the restaurant desk staff for directions. Tour programs are in this room.
1:00 PM: The group will load up for the first excursion, to Colditz Cove State Natural Area, 35 miles north of Crossville. The 1.50-mile hike includes some slopes with big rocks, a spectacular rock shelter, and beautiful Northrup Falls. We will return to Cumberland Mountain by 5 PM.
5:00-6:00 PM: Check into your Cumberland Mountain State Park cabin if you’ve chosen to stay with us.
6:00 PM: Dinner as a group in the park restaurant followed by an informal program by the State Naturalist about the magnificent waterfalls of Tennessee, presented in the downstairs meeting room.
Day 2: Saturday, November 2
7:00-8:00 AM: Meet for Breakfast in the park restaurant. A bag lunch is provided to enjoy at the Fall Creek Falls picnic area. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.
8:30 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. There are short walks at each falls of less than a half mile, but there will be steep rocky terrain. The longest trek will be to the base of Fall Creek Falls which is a rugged .80 mile hike. We will return to Cumberland Mountain by 5 PM.
6:00 PM: Meet for group dinner in the park restaurant followed by an evening program.
Day 3: Sunday, November 3
7:00-8:00 AM: Meet for breakfast in the park restaurant and please be sure to check out of your cabin before the excursion if you have chosen to stay with us.
8:30 AM: Excursion to the Ozone Falls and Black Mountain State Natural Areas. The walk at Black Mountain is about 1.50 miles roundtrip but has an impressive sweeping panoramic view. The walk at Ozone is less than a quarter mile, but the best view is from under the bluff, which is steep and rocky. The tour will conclude when we return to Cumberland Mountain by 1 PM.
All times are Central time.
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About Your Guides
State Naturalist, Randy Hedgepath has more than 35 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 David Crockett Birthplace and Fall Creek Falls State Parks. As a full-time Ranger since 2011, Cara has worked at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville and Fall Creek Falls State Park. Her interests include hiking, birding, and photography.