Fall Creek Falls is known across the state of Tennessee for its gorgeous views and stunning water works. Somehow, it has reached legendary proportions – even for those of us that haven’t quite yet visited (gulp!). We decided to do some research and figure out the best way to enjoy this beautiful place, be it in a day trip or on a hike, and we found the answer: camping.
Located approximately in the middle of Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga, the park has five areas for camping with a combined 222 campsites. Each site comes with tables, grills, water, and electricity. There are also 16 primitive sites for the dedicated tent campers.
Rates for camping in the park range from $14.75 to $31.25 plus a $5 reservation fee. There is a two-night minimum stay.
Not in for tent camping? That's okay -- some of the sites are built to accommodate RVs as long as 45 feet. There's also three back-country sites on the overnight trails for the people that are on the opposite end of the ruggedness spectrum.
To avoid transporting unwanted and invasive pests, the park officials strictly enforce that all campfires are made with downed wood from the campsite or from state certified heat-treated wood. Luckily, they sell it right there at the park.
Fall Creek Falls does have 30 cabins in the park that come with linens, cooking utensils, and cable TV for those who want to get away from the city but still want some of the comforts of home.
While you're staying at the park, make sure to take advantage of their many amenities, including the Arbortrek Treetop Obstacle Course, 34 miles of hiking trails, and the nature center.
Of course, you'll also have to visit the park's namesake waterfall. At 256 feet, it is one of the highest waterfalls East of the Mississippi River.