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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.

Last Updated: Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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April 18-20
Fall Creek Falls Activities

Welcome to Fall Creek Falls’ Easter Weekend! Spring is here and the park is bursting with new life. The trees are budding and the wildflowers are starting to bloom, dotting the landscape with delightful hues of pastel colors. It’s a great time to enjoy some hiking, picnicking, boating, 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.

Friday, April 18th 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, April 18th 8:00pm – Night Nature Ramble – Meet Ranger Matt at the Campers’ Check-In for a nature walk around the golf course. This is the peak time to see some of the park’s nightlife like deer, raccoons, frogs, etc. If it’s clear, we may look at a star or two as well.

Saturday, April 19th 10:00am – Easter Egg Hunt – Hey kids 12 and under!!! Come to the Village Area for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. There will be plenty of candy filled eggs for everyone. Keep your eyes open for those elusive prize eggs!

Saturday, April 19th 11:00am – Craft Time – Meet Jon at the Rec. Hall for a variety of craft stations. We will be making coloring books and butterfly refrigerator magnets. Be sure to bring your plastic eggs from the egg hunt to test your camouflaging skills!

Saturday, April 19th 2:00pm – Pontoon Boat Tour – Meet Jon at the Boat Dock for a pontoon boat tour around the lake. There is a limit of 8 and a fee of $7 per seat. You must sign up at the Campers’ Check-In.
Refunds will only be considered for cancellations by the park for credit card customers.

Saturday, April 19th 3:00pm – Pontoon Boat Tour – Meet Jon at the Boat Dock for a pontoon boat tour around the lake. There is a limit of 8 and a fee of $7 per seat. You must sign up at the Campers’ Check-In.
Refunds will only be considered for cancellations by the park for credit card customers.

Sunday, April 20th 7:00am – Sunrise Service – Mt. Crest United Methodist Church will be hosting an interdenominational service at Millikan’s Overlook.

Please call the Nature Center at 423.881.5708 for more details or click here to download this week's schedule.

2-4 May May 2nd, 3rd & 4th
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

Lots O Fun Memorial Day through Labor Day
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.

27-28 Jun June 27th & 28th
Astronomy Weekend

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.

04 July July 4th
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.

25-26 Jul July 25th & 26th
Astronomy Weekend

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.

17 Aug August 17th
Triathlon

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!

Aug 22-23 August 22nd & 23rd
Astronomy Weekend

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.

22-23 Aug August 22nd & 23rd
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.

5-7 Sep September 5th, 6th & 7th
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.

26-27 Sep September 26th & 27th
Tennessee Fall Star Gaze

Join us to 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, contact Lloyd Watkins, or visit the Cumberland Astronomical Society.

18-19 Oct October 18th & 19th
Fall Colors Weekend

Join us on bicycle tours, guided hikes, and slideshows focusing on the autumn splendor of Fall Creek Falls State Park.

25 Oct October 25th
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.

15-16 Nov November 15th & 16th
Backpacking Trip

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.

5-6 Dec December 5th, 6th & 7th
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.

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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