November Waterfall Tour 2018
November Waterfall Tour 2018
Based out of Cumberland Mountain State Park
- Wednesday, November 14 through Friday, November 16
- $350 per person
- Package price includes meals, all interpretive programming, taxes, gratuities, and transportation to the 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 Ozone Falls, Piney Falls and Lost Creek. 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. Tour begins at 1:00 PM on Wednesday and ends at noon on Friday.
To register for tour:
To make cabin reservations at Cumberland Mountain:
Day 1: Wednesday, November 14
** 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 restaurant lobby.
1:00 PM: Meet guides Cara and Randy along with your fellow tour members in the meeting room at the park restaurant. Programs will be held in this room which is downstairs from the lobby. Directions can be obtained from the restaurant desk staff. The group will load up for the first excursion, which will be to Colditz Cove State Natural Area 35 miles north of Crossville. There we will do 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 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 great waterfalls of Tennessee which will be presented in the downstairs meeting room.
Day 2: Thursday, November 15
7:00-8:00 AM: Meet for Breakfast in the park restaurant. A bag lunch will be 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 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 do 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 PM.
6:00 PM: Meet for group dinner in the park restaurant followed by an evening program.
Day 3: Friday, November 16
7:30-8:30 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 Piney Falls and Ozone Falls State Natural Areas. The walk at Piney is a 2 mile mostly easy roundtrip with a short steep rocky area. 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.
ABOUT YOUR GUIDES
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 David 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.