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: Monday, December 29th 2014

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

01 Jan January 1st
First Hike Day of the Year

Meet Ranger Matt Brown at 8:30 am in the Nature Center parking lot for a strenuous, 10-mile trek around the Lower Loop Overnight Trail. This hike crosses Cane Creek Gorge, so be prepared for an 800 ft. descent and climb midway through the trip. What a great way to take care of some New Year's resolutions! This hike may take 6-7 hours. Wear hiking boots, warm moisture wicking clothing, and bring water and snacks. For more information, please email Ranger Matt Brown.

Feb
20-21
February 20th & 21st
Basket Weaving Workshop

Jim and Nancy Phillips will guide you through the basics of basket making. There is a fee for this event and registration is required. For more information, contact the Nature Center at 423.881.5708. For reservations with Fall Creek Falls State Park Inn, call 800.250.8610 and ask about the special package deal.

Mar
07
March 7th
FCF Thaw 15km Run & Weekend Excursion

Run the finale of the TSP Running Tour in a 15k traversing one of the most beautiful areas in the eastern United States. Entry forms are available at tennesseerunningtour.com. A special package rate has been set for those staying for the Awards Banquet Saturday night. The price includes one night lodging in Fall Creek Falls State Park Inn, the banquet meal, and breakfast on Sunday morning. Contact the Fall Creek Falls State Park Inn for reservations at 800.250.8610.

Mar
21-22
March 21st & 22nd
Waterfalls Weekend

Fall Creek Falls State Park is the premier waterfall destination in Tennessee. Photography seminars, hikes, and driving tours to multiple waterfalls are offered in addition to excursions to more remote areas to see the lesser visited waterfalls of the park and surrounding area. Call the Nature Center at 423.881.5708 for more details and check with the Fall Creek Falls State Park Inn about package deals at 800.250.8610.

Apr
4-5
April 4th & 5th
Easter Weekend

Meet in the Village Green for an Easter egg hunt and crafts for kids on Saturday. Stay at the inn, cabins or campground to enjoy a beautiful and fun filled weekend!

Apr
11-12
April 11th & 12th
34th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

We will explore the wildflower rich areas of the park to see many early spring wildflowers and breathtaking views. A variety of hikes, workshops, driving tours, and slideshows will be offered. Reserve a room today to enjoy the whole weekend at Fall Creek Falls State Park.

May
15-17
May 15th, 16th, & 17th
Tennessee Spring Star Party 2015

Programs range from entry to professional level. Professional and amateur astronomers will be giving free presentations. Dark sky field viewing will be Friday and Saturday night with alternate “bad weather” programs. The 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. Contact the Fall Creek Falls State Park Inn at 800.250.8610 and ask about the special package deal.

Jun
19-20
June 19th & 20th
Astronomy Weekend

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.

Jul
04
July 4th
4th of July Celebration

Dress up your car, your bike, or yourself for the traditional parade to Campground “A”. After watermelon and cake, field events such a sack race, the egg toss, tug-o-war, and other family favorites will be held in the Campground “A” field.

Jul
17-18
July 17th & 18th
Astronomy Weekend

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.

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

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.

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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