Meeting time: 8:00am.
Drive time: Approx 2 hours, 15 minutes
Hike Length: 6.5 miles est Difficulty: Moderate, with some difficult sections.
We will be starting the hike from the Nature Center, and start with the Paw Paw Trail (4.6 miles) with the cable trail coming back (.25 miles), and then the Woodland / Fall Creek Falls Trail ( 1.2 miles). The Paw Paw and the Woodland Trail is rated EASY and the trail going to the base of the falls is rated Medium Difficult. The cable trail is DIFFICULT. You do NOT have to do the difficult trails if you go on this hike as they are like offshoots from the main trails, but of course you will miss out on some breathtaking scenery.
***Please bring plenty of water, a lunch or snack, and wear the right gear! Gloves are suggested for the cable trail!
Definitely bring a camera as there will be beautiful views of Fall Creek Falls and Cane Creek Falls!
We will probably eat in Cookeville after the hike. Location to be determined!
If you plan to meet us there here are the directions:
From Nashville take I-40 East to Cookeville (82 miles). Turn right onto 111 South (exit 288). Park entrance is on the left on Highway 284 (40 miles from I-40 to the park).
We will Meet and start from the Nature Center Parking Lot @ approximately 10:45am
FCF TN.GOV website:
From the Fall Creek Falls Website: A paradise of more than 20,000 acres sprawled across the eastern top of the rugged Cumberland Plateau, Fall Creek Falls State Park is one of the most scenic and spectacular outdoor recreation areas in America. Laced with cascades, gorges, waterfalls, streams, and lush stands of virgin hardwood timber, the park beckons those who enjoy nature at her finest. While Fall Creek Falls, at 256 feet, is the highest waterfall in the eastern United States, other waterfalls in the park are Piney and Cane Creek Falls and Cane Creek Cascades. There are over 34 miles of hiking trails around the park. Hikers can opt for short or long walks around the lake and to and from the base of Fall Creek Falls. There are two long distance overnight trails for the more adventuresome. The day-use trails are designed to accommodate recreational and educational activities including fitness walking, leisure walking and easy hiking, or exploring the Parks' geological features and forest life typical of the Cumberland Plateau.