What to do in Fall Creek Falls State Resort Park

Fall Creek Falls State Resort Park is one of the most scenic and spectacular recreation areas in America. Its waterfalls, cascades, sparkling streams, gorges, timberland, and an unmatched variety of recreation facilities and activities have made it one of the most popular parks in the Southeast. Fall Creek Falls is the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains, plunging 256 feet into a shaded pool at the base of its gorge. The park's other falls, (Piney, Cane Creek, and Cane Creek Cascades), though smaller, are just as impressive.

The oak and hickory forest that covers most of the park gives way to tulip poplar and hemlock forest in the gorges. The plants and animals of the moist, protected gorges are not unlike the species found in southern Canada. Mountain laurel and rhododendron are abundant throughout the park, as are other plants and animals.

The Fall Creek Falls State Park is home to one of the most challenging 18-hole layouts carved out of the densely forested woodlands of the Cumberland Plateau. The course opened in 1972 and was designed by renowned designer Joe Lee. In 1998 the greens were rebuilt and restored to their original design and drainage work was performed in all 71 bunkers. Fall Creek Falls Golf Course was recognized by Golf Digest three separate years as "One of the Top Public Courses to Play". Those years being 1984, 1988, and 1990, respectively. Fall Creek Falls was home to the
Tennessee PGA Junior Golf Academy for 20 years prior to relocating to The Golf House in Nashville, TN. The course also played host in 1973 and 1974 to the Tennessee PGA Sectional Championship as well as the Ohio Valley Conference Championship in 1979.

On site amenities include a driving range, practice green, pull carts, on site lodging, snack bar, and club rental. Lessons are available. Tee times required 7 days a week. Call to arrange times. We have the expertise and experience to customize your event. We have the staff to take care of all your golfing needs, as well as food and beverage. Call for our tournament outing packet. Golf Packages are available that including lodging and meals.

The restaurant at Fall Creek Falls serves Southern Style cuisine at affordable prices. The recently renovated dining area seats 220 and has two meeting spaces for private banquets. Also available is our conference center which has space for banquets and meetings up to 350 people.

Fall Creek offers conference style meeting room facilities to accommodate up to 100 people. Banquet and catering services are available. Equipment available include overhead projector, microphones, mic stands, screen, sound system, marker boards, phone, podium, lavaliere mics,
markers, Internet connection, TV and VCR, slide projectors.

The recreation building may be rented from 8:00 a. m. until 10:00 p.m. on any day from September 15 until May 15. The building includes a large game room with ping pong and billiard tables. There is a game room, with a fireplace, for various card games, checkers, and other board games. There is an auditorium, with a stage, which will seat from 170-200 persons (stack chairs and seven folding tables) and restroom facilities. This building is ideal for church outings or services, picnics, covered dish luncheons, club meetings, or just a day of fun. The recreation building is located near the softball field, basketball court, and tennis courts. There is also a limited amount of recreation equipment which can be signed out at no charge. For more information, contact the park office.

Other points of interest are the Cumberland Caverns, McMinnville, Cumberland County Playhouse and the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga.

Other than camping, hiking, fishing and golfing, Fall Creek Falls offers a variety of other activities such as basketball, horseshoes, ping-pong, a playground, pool tables, shuffleboard, softball (2 lighted fields), tennis courts, volleyball, board games, electronic games and exercise equipment.

From Nashville take I-40 East to Cookeville. Turn right onto 111 South (exit 288). Park entrance is on the left on Highway 284 (45 miles). From Knoxville, take I-40 West to Crossville to Peavine (exit 322). Take a left off the exit, turn right at the light and follow Highway 101 to Highway 30. Turn right on Hwy. 30, park entrance is approximately 6 miles on the left. From Atlanta, take I-75 North to Chattanooga, take I-24 toward Nashville, take Hwy. 27 North toward Dayton and follow Highway 111 North to the park entrance on the right.

Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.

Route 3 Box 300
Pikeville, TN 37367-9803

Phone: 423-881-5298

Fax: 423-881-5103

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