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The park’s amphitheatre seats 300 and can be scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis.

Annual Events

Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage -1st weekend in April
Late May through early September
Rock climbing workshops – June and September
Mountaineer Folk Festival - weekend after Labor Day
Fall Colors Weekend – 3rd weekend in October
Wild Foods Day – late October
Christmas on the Mountain -1st weekend in December

Bicycle Trails

Three miles of paved bike trails and 15 miles of moderately difficult mountain bike trails are offered. Please remember that mountain bikes are not allowed on hiking trails.
Mountain Bike trail maps and information (printable .pdf format)


Fishing boat rental is available year round. No gasoline motors or private boats are allowed on the lake. Paddleboats and canoes are available April through October. Please bring your own trolling motor and battery. For boat rentals: 423-881-5500. Pontoon boat rides may be arranged through the programming staff at the Nature Center by calling 423-881-5708.

Tennessee Boating Regulations


A Tennessee license and park permit are required to fish in the 345-acre Fall Creek Falls Lake. Fall Creek Falls is the home of two state record catches, Channel Catfish and Bream. The lake also offers largemouth bass. Fishing in the creeks is also allowed. No privately owned boats or gasoline motors are allowed on the lake. Pedal boats, canoes and aluminum fishing boats may be rented through the park office. Please bring your own trolling motor and battery.
For boat rentals: 423-881-5500

Tennessee Fishing Regulations


A three-time selection by Golf Digest magazine as one of the “Top 100 Public Places to Play” and honored as one of the top 25 public courses in America, this 6,669-yard course is both beautiful and challenging. There is a driving range and practice green on site. Call (423) 881-5706 for tee times up to seven days in advance.


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.

From The Tennessee Conservationist's Great Hikes With Fran Wallas:
Fall Creek Falls Cable Trail - The Shortest Hard Hike

The Nature Center, located near the North entrance of the park, is a popular trailhead. Trail information is available inside the Nature Center. Trails also originate or can be linked from the village area, campground, inn, group camp #2 entrance gate, the Falls parking lot and the Piney Falls parking lot.

The Fall Creek Falls Overlook Trail is accessible to persons with a disability.

Trails Open Year Round.
MAPS: All maps are in .pdf format
Fall Creek Falls Area Map
Taft Area Village
Trail Descriptions
Day Use Trail Map

Horse Stables

The stables offer guided trial rides April through October by a privately leased operation

Nature Center

Fall Creek Falls boasts an outstanding nature center with many attractive interpretive displays. Naturalists present daily programs during the summer and by arrangement at other times of the year. These may include nature demonstrations, art and crafts, movies, campfires, organized games and live musical entertainment. For more information or to schedule a program contact the Nature Center at 423-881-5708.

Picnic Facilities

The park has five covered picnic pavilions, each of which will accommodate up to 75 people. There are 12 picnic areas, most handicapped accessible, throughout the park. There are also a large number of individual tables and most sites have charcoal grills and water spigots nearby.

Playgrounds and Sports Fields

There are four playgrounds located in the park.


The park offers an Olympic-sized pool with a wading pool which is open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Modern bathhouses and a snack bar serve the pool users. The Pool may be closed weekdays near the end of summer when lifeguards are unavailable. The pool is accessible to persons with a disability.