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Day trips from Nashville part 2 - Fall Creek Falls National Park

Mountain waterfall
Mountain waterfall
Mike Munchel

We have had such a cold winter this year; and the thought of venturing out to the great outdoors has no doubt been far from your mind. Now that spring is just around the corner and the temperatures are on the rise, a day trip to Fall Creek Falls National Park may be just what the doctor ordered for your case of cabin fever. Fall Creek Falls is Tennessee's largest and most visited park in the state. Located 2 hours just east of downtown Nashville by taking hwy 40 east to Cookville then south on hwy 70S you will find yourself at Fall Creek Falls National Park. This park encompasses approximately 26,000 acres of lush trees and is home to a waterfall that has a vertical drop of over 250 feet. Fall Creek Falls is a great place for hiking, camping or just picnicking.

Fall Creek Falls is not only a place for hiking, it is also be a great location to hold a family reunion or company retreat. There's a hotel that has 145 rooms, a restaurants and a large meeting space that you could use for your meetings or family get-together. They also have a number of cabins and campsites just in case you wanted to spend more time enjoying the woods. Call 423-881-5298 for reservation information.

If you are somebody who likes to go camping in the middle of a forest, packing your stuff in and back out again, well this National Park also has two long distance overnight trails for those visitors who are more adventure seeking. Please make sure you stop by the ranger station to pick up a permit before heading out. If overnight backpacking and camping in the forest is not what you're looking for, Fall Creek Falls also has day-use trails which are designed to accommodate people of all ages and encompass over 30 miles of trails.

For those who are looking for a more educational twist to your day at the park there is also a wonderful nature center that features a number of hands-on educational displays as well as seasonal programs such as; arts and crafts, movies, and even live music. In addition to the hiking and the nature center this park is home to four playgrounds, a horse stable with guided trail rides, picnic areas and an Olympic size swimming pool which is open Memorial Day to Labor Day.

There are so many different thing to do while visiting Fall Cree Falls National Park you and your family can come back time and time again to enjoy the great outdoors and one of Tennessee’s premier parks.