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Fall Creek Falls Lake Boating

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The gorgeous lake at Fall Creek Falls State Park is perfect for boating and fishing. At approximately 350 acres and 2 miles in length, there is more than enough room for boating and fishing for hours. Bluegill and channel Catfish are are among the fish commonly caught at Fall Creek Falls lake which has produced two state-record catches.

Pedal boats, canoes and aluminum fishing boats may be rented through the park office and are quite inexpensive. Trolling motors are no longer available for rent. Please bring your own trolling motor and battery if required. Privately owned boats are permitted, but no gas motors are permitted on the lake. If you bring your own, be sure to call the park to verify rules, regulations and cost.
Fall Creek Falls Marina 423.881.5500

Parking may be limited during busy times at Cozy Cabins, so please ask before bringing your boat.

Fishing in Fall Creek Falls


With so much water in and around Fall Creek Falls State Park, fishing is among the most popular recreational opportunities for visitors. During your Fall Creek Falls vacation, you will want to set aside some time to cast your line. With species ranging from Bluegill to Large Mouth Bass, the opportunities to catch a big one are plentiful. Whether you are fishing streams along Cane Creek or dropping your line in Fall Creek Falls Lake you are bound to enjoy a productive and relaxing day of angling. The park is stocked each year and several record fish have been landed within the park boarders. No motorized boats are allowed on the lake, but you can easily access the hottest fishing spots within minutes. With all of this in mind, set aside a day and take the family fishing at this wonderful Tennessee State Park.

Fishing at Fall Creek Falls requires a fishing permit. Please check the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for more information and to obtain a fishing permit. Fall Creek Falls Marina also sells day permits :: 423.881.5500

Golf at Fall Creek Falls State Park


Fall Creek Falls State Park is home to one of the most challenging 18-hole layouts carved out of the densely forested woodlands of the Cumberland Plateau. The Signature Hole is #15, a Par 4, 429-yard dogleg left which requires a long drive to set up an accurate second shot to avoid several bunkers that protect the green.

The golf course at Fall Creek Falls has been designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International. The course is the tenth in Tennessee and the third within the Tennessee State Parks system on the Tennessee Golf Trail to receive this honor.

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Hiking in Fall Creek Falls State Park... Where to begin? Cable Trail, Woodland Trail, Base Trail, Gorge Overlook Trail, Paw Paw Trail, Gilbert Gall, Wheeler Farm... Be sure to visit the Nature Center in Fall Creek Falls State Park to learn about the many trails the park has to hike or visit Trails.com

The hike into Virgin Falls, is a spectacular 9-11 mile adventure! It should be considered a strenuous hike. The trail descends around 900 foot in elevation along a path that in many areas is rocky with uneven footing. Most of the way it follows the river with many clear-water pools for wading. Please allow 5 to 9 hours for the hike. Visit Cloudhiking Trails for more info.

Rock Island State Park - 9 1/2 miles of trails to overlooks, the blue hole, or the natural sand beach.

Savage Gulf Stone Door Trail is an easy trail that begins at the Stone Door Ranger Station and follows a paved path to the Stone Door overlook. This trail is about a 1 hour hike. There are also several other longer trails at this park. Visit Friends of Savage Gulf for a map of all trails in this park. Here too is a good resource backpackcamp.com.

Virgin Falls

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding at Fall Creek Falls Riding Stables is a great way to see the backcountry of Fall Creek Falls. Since horses are not allowed in the park, this is the option for you if you would like to experience the Fall Creek Falls area of Tennessee by horseback. The stables are located just outside the park at 2532 Archie Rhinehart Parkway, Spencer, TN. Just a couple of miles from the south entrance to Fall Creek Falls State Park. The stables offer gentle horses, and a safe, relaxing ride. Two mile guided rides are available for $25.00 per person, with no reservations required (cash only). To contact the stables about dates of operation, please call 423-881-5952 for more information.

An alternative horseback riding experience can be found at The Tennessee Dude and Guest Ranch. They offer 4 and 6 hour day ride programs. Advanced reservations here are required.

Swimming is everywhere you want to go


Fall Creek Falls has several swimming holes that one just cannot resist on a hot summer day. One place is to take the cable trail down to the swimming hole at the bottom of Cane Creek Falls. This is a very steep trail where you have to scramble down the path using the cable at many places. Another is at George Hole with a grassy embankment great for picnicing, a suspension bridge and both deep and shallow areas for swimmers. Areas are rocky so shoes are a good idea in certain spots. Also behind the Nature Center is a place called "The Slides" where in the summer months you'll find numerous people "sliding" down the rocks into the pools below. There are plenty of other areas you can find away from the mainstream of tourists and locate your own place to swim such as the "Blue Sink", but you must be adventurous to find some of these out of the way places.

The park also has an olympic-sized swimming pool, a wading pool for children and ample sun-bathing space. Modern bathhouses and a snack bar serve the pool users. Lifeguards are on duty during swimming hours. The pool is accessible to persons with a disability.

Rock Island State Park is also a fabulous, exotic and adventurous place to swim. Bring swimming shoes, noodles, rafts and a picnic basket. At the end of your day, drive to the furthest most point of the park to enjoy sunset on the sandy beach located at the headwaters of the beautiful Center Hill Lake.

Canopy Challenge Course ziplining in Fall Creek FAlls


Canopy Challenge Course at Fall Creek Falls offers a 2.5 hour adventure of zip-riding, heart-pounding, bridge-crossing, breath-taking, free-climbing, eco-friendly, unforgettable fun! Test your agility and resolve on 70+ aerial obstacles including ladders, wobbly bridges, rope swings, cargo nets, balance beams, and zip lines. Open weekends through the Spring (7 days a week during Spring Break) and seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For more information, call 615-499-5779.

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