special events

Welcome to Fall Creek Falls State Park! These are some programs planned for your enjoyment and education.

For questions, please call the Nature Center at 423.881.5708.
Note: A parent or guardian must accompany youngsters twelve years old and younger.

Matt Brown – Park Ranger II
Theresa Wheeler – Seasonal Interpretive Ranger

Last Updated: Sunday, August 3rd 2015

Please call the Nature Center at 423.881.5708 for information about scheduled activities or click here to download the weekly/weekend schedule..

Aug
2-9
August 2nd - 9th
Summer Activities

Summer vacation time is here and what a great place to spend it! The park provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some hiking, picnicking, boating, swimming, and wildlife watching while taking in the beautiful scenery. We encourage you to take advantage of the programs we have arranged for your enjoyment and enlightenment.
Detailed Schedule :: Short Schedule

Aug
14-15
August 14th & 15th
Astronomy Weekend

Would you like to learn about the night sky, the use of telescopes, star wheels, and binoculars, and why the seasons occur? Join us at the lobby of the Fall Creek Falls Inn to learn about all these things and observe distant galaxies, planets, exploding stars, and beautiful star fields through several large telescopes. Fall Creek Falls State Park is exceptionally well suited to night sky viewing. Make plans to attend any or all of the Astronomy Weekends to discuss constellations and spatial relationships in the solar system. Telescope viewing will also be offered, weather permitting. For more information, email Lloyd Watkins, or visit the Cumberland Astronomical Society.

Sep
4-5
September 4th & 5th
Tennessee Fall Star Gaze

View the night sky, learn about night sky viewing equipment, and engage in discussion with individuals experienced in the field of astronomy. For more information, email Lloyd Watkins, or visit the Cumberland Astronomical Society. Feel free to bring your telescope if you have one!

Sep
11-13
September 11th, 12th, & 13th
37th Annual Mountaineer Folk Festival

The Mountaineer Folk Festival’s jam-packed schedule includes handmade crafts, 2 stages of traditional mountain music, demonstrations of pioneer skills, country cooking, and much more. Don’t miss this event!

Oct
24-25
October 24th & 25th
Fall Colors Weekend

Bicycle tours, guided hikes, and slideshows focusing on the autumn splendor of Fall Creek Falls State Park are a great way to enjoy a weekend. Make inn, cabin, or campground reservations today!

Oct
31
October 31st
Wild Foods Day

Field trips identifying edible wild plants and workshops on preparing wild meats and breads are just a few of the activities. The real treat comes in enjoying the wild feast.

Nov
14-15
November 14th & 15th
Backpacking Trip

Embark on a 13-mile trek through some of the more remote portions of Fall Creek Falls State Park. This hike is for both novices and experienced backpackers and includes a 2-day guided hike with an overnight camp. There is a $10 fee and pre-registration is required. Contact the Nature Center at 423.881.5708.

Dec
4-6
December 4th, 5th, & 6th
Christmas on the Mountain

Make plans to attend a weekend of Yuletide fun, holiday music, handmade crafts and gifts for the little ones. Activities include making Christmas crafts, storytelling, breakfast with Santa, and a mountain craft show for everyone. (Tentative, based on Fall Creek Inn renovation schedule)

The Friends of Fall Creek Falls is not responsible for all activities, events or schedules posted. Therefore we recommend that you contact the park, the Friends group or other available contact provided for validation of dates, locations or times of events. All information should be verified by visitors wishing to attend any of the listed events.

Fall Creek Falls State Resort Park, situated on the Western Edge of the Cumberland Plateau, contains approximately 26,000 acres of rugged beauty. Inside the park are both first class recreational facilities and pristine wilderness. Resource management staff is available year round to assist park visitors. Fifty miles of trails, including twenty-five miles of backpacking trails, and twenty miles of biking trails, lead the visitor away from the roads and into the wilderness at Fall Creek Falls. Questions relating to the programs above should be addressed to the Nature Center, Fall Creek Falls State Park, 10821 Park Road, Pikeville, TN, 37367. Phone 423.881.5708. Cabins and rooms can be reserved at Fall Creek Inn by calling 423.881.5241 or 800.250.8610.

Stuart Carroll – Interpretive Specialist III
Matt Brown – Park Ranger II
Robert Becker – Park Ranger I
Dustin Crowell – Seasonal Interpretive Ranger
Henry Thompson – Seasonal Interpretive Ranger
Theresa Wheeler – Seasonal Interpretive Ranger
Jon Morris - Park Naturalist