If you are traveling from Knoxville, TN use this map, and if you are traveling from Nashville, TN, use this map.
Distance: 1 mile RT
Elevation gain: 266 ft
Time: 1-2 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, ON leash
Kid friendly? Yes
None, Tennessee does not charge to visit their state parks
Entrance sign to the park.
Using the park map, drive to the Fall Creek Falls Overlook. Walk about 100 yards to the overlook.
During Thanksgiving, the water level was pretty low but viewing this waterfall was still epic.
This photo is from Waterfall Picture Guide, and shows how high the water level can be, and where the second (smaller) waterfall will sometimes appear. So beautiful!
To get to the base of the waterfall, find the large dirt steps to the West.
You'll hike down a staircase, then the trail will follow this wooden railing to the base. You will turn down one switchback.
The trail down is rocky, but most people do fine on the trail. If you have bad knees you may find it more difficult.
The trail then goes underneath this open "cave".
Eventually you'll reach the end of the trail. From here, it's fun to explore by hiking all around the rocks.
Can you spot my mom in blue? This shows how big the gorge walls are.
It's a great view from the base!