Welcome to Fall Creek Falls State Park! These are some programs planned for your enjoyment and education. Coming March 14-16, Waterfalls Weekend!
For questions, please call the Nature Center at 423.881.5708.
Note: A parent or guardian must accompany youngsters twelve years old and younger.
Last Updated: Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Friday, March 7th 6:00pm Nature Station – Stop by the lobby of the Inn between 6pm and 7pm to see what Ranger Matt has on his table! This is a great opportunity to ask questions about the park and familiarize yourself with some of the things you could encounter during your stay at Fall Creek Falls!
Friday, March 7th 7:00pm Night Nature Ramble – Meet Ranger Matt at the lobby of the Inn for a nature walk around the edge of the lake. This is the peak time to see some of the park’s nightlife like deer, raccoons, frogs, beaver, etc.
Saturday, March 8th 9:00am Invasive Exotic Plant Removal – Matt Ranger Matt at the lobby of the Inn to participate in a phragmites australis seed head removal project. This invasive plant out-competes native plants like cattails and takes over their habitat. We will carpool to various locations around the lake from the Inn. Be prepared to stay out until around 12pm.
Saturday, March 8th 2:00pm Hike to the Base of Fall Creek Falls – Meet Ranger Matt at the Main Overlook of Fall Creek Falls for a short but strenuous hike to the bottom of the falls. Along the way, we will discuss our park’s forest ecology and geology.
Please call the Nature Center at 423.881.5708 for more details or click here to download this week's schedule.
We will offer both easy jaunts and strenuous hikes to look at some of the area’s beautiful waterfalls. Please call the Nature Center at 423.881.5708 for more details or link to the weekly activities under SCHEDULES
33rd Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
This is a very special weekend! We will explore the park and see many early spring wildflowers and breathtaking views. A variety of hikes, workshops, driving tours, and slideshows will be offered.
Join us in the Village Area for an Easter egg hunt on Saturday. A morning sunrise service will be offered at Millikan’s Overlook on Sunday morning.
Tennessee Spring Star Party 2014
Programs are entry level to professional level. Professional and amateur astronomers will be giving presentations. Dark sky field viewing will be Friday and Saturday night with alternate “bad weather” programs. There will be no registration fee. Your only cost for the event will be lodging and food. For more information, contact Allen Ball or Lloyd Watkins, or visit the Cumberland Astronomical Society. Please make reservations with Fall Creek Falls Inn at 800.250.8610
Summer Season at Fall Creek Falls
Softball, nature hikes, canoe floats, campfires, horseback riding and bluegrass music are just some of the events that mark our summer season. Interpretive and recreational events are scheduled seven days a week.
Fourth of July Celebration
Dress up your car, your bike, or yourself for our “traditional” parade, which ends in Campground A. After watermelon and cake, we will move to the field for events such a sack race, the egg toss, tug-o-war, and other family favorites.
Join us for discussions regarding constellations, lunar lore, and our brightest star, the Sun. Telescope viewing will also be offered, weather permitting. For more information, contact Lloyd Watkins, or visit the Cumberland Astronomical Society.
Push your limits in a 1.5km swim, followed by a 40km bike ride, and a 10km run. For more information on this event contact Kevin Mahan by email or call 865.988.3906. Be sure to ask what other races will be offered throughout the year!
1st Annual Fall Creek Falls Fishing Classic
Come and put your angling skills to the test! A Saturday fishing tournament on Fall Creek Lake is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Contact Ranger Robert Becker at 423.881.3297, or by email for information concerning entry fees, Inn package deals, and boat availability. Limited to 25 teams of 2 persons.
36th Annual Mountaineer Folk Festival
This family-friendly event celebrates the heritage ofthe Cumberland Plateau with a
presentation of music, food and pioneer skills. The festival kicks off Friday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. with the official cannon firing, followed with music and square dancing. Saturday's activities will include pioneer demonstrations, music, storytelling, crafts and food booths. Pioneer demonstrations will include a sorghum mill, blacksmithing, a Civil War encampment, broom making and chair bottoming.
Sunday will include gospel music, storytelling and pioneer skills demonstrations. The festival weekend will include over 100 craft booths with items such as woodworking, wrought iron, folk art, soaps, candles, leatherworks and basketweaving.
The Friends of Fall Creek Falls will collect donations at the gate to support future festivals. For more information about the annual festival, contact the Betty Dunn Nature Center at 423.881.5708.
Tennessee Fall Star Gaze
Fall Colors Weekend
Join us on bicycle tours, guided hikes, and slideshows focusing on the autumn splendor of Fall Creek Falls State Park.
Wild Foods Day
Field trips identifying edible wild plants and workshops on preparing wild meats and breads are just part of the activities. The real treat comes in enjoying the wild feast.
Join us for a 13-mile trek through some of the more remote portions of the 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.
Christmas on the Mountain
Join us for 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 3-day mountain craft show for everyone. This event is tentatively scheduled due to renovations being planned for the Fall Creek Falls Inn
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.
- 2014 Special Events
- Weekly Activities (full)
- 2014 Band Schedule Check back soon for the 2014 Band Schedule and weekly schedules. These will be posted as they come available.