Fall Creek Falls State Park

Fall Creek Falls State Park is located on the Cumberland Plateau. There are several waterfalls, cascades, and a lake in the park.
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1 <strong>Fall Creek Falls State Park</strong>
This fabulous park is located on the Cumberland Plateau in Van Buren county off Hwy. 284. The park has several high waterfalls and smaller cascades. Pictured here on the left is the park's namesake, Fall Cr...

Fall Creek Falls State Park This fabulous park is located on the Cumberland Plateau in Van Buren county off Hwy. 284. The park has several high waterfalls and smaller cascades. Pictured here on the left is the park's namesake, Fall Cr...

Fall Creek Falls State Park This fabulous park is located on the Cumberland Plateau in Van Buren county off Hwy. 284. The park has several high waterfalls and smaller cascades. Pictured here on the left is the park's namesake, Fall Creek Falls, the smaller one is Coon Creek Falls. map... 2945
2 <strong>Fall Creek and Coon Creek Falls</strong> with ice, seen after the mid-January 2009 freeze. Wow, what a spectacular sight! Little Coon Creek Falls on the right made a hole in the ice that one sightseer said looked like an ice volcano.

Fall Creek and Coon Creek Falls with ice, seen after the mid-January 2009 freeze. Wow, what a spectacular sight! Little Coon Creek Falls on the right made a hole in the ice that one sightseer said looked like an ice volcano.

Fall Creek and Coon Creek Falls with ice, seen after the mid-January 2009 freeze. Wow, what a spectacular sight! Little Coon Creek Falls on the right made a hole in the ice that one sightseer said looked like an ice volcano. 1666
3 When you enter the park, be sure and stop at the Betty Dunn Nature Center. It has interesting displays and information about the park.

When you enter the park, be sure and stop at the Betty Dunn Nature Center. It has interesting displays and information about the park.

When you enter the park, be sure and stop at the Betty Dunn Nature Center. It has interesting displays and information about the park. 1634
4 The Betty Dunn Nature Center

The Betty Dunn Nature Center

The Betty Dunn Nature Center 1685
5 Not far from the nature center is <strong>Cane Creek Falls</strong> which has an 85-ft. plunge into Cane Creek Gorge. The width of the falls is 50 feet.

Not far from the nature center is Cane Creek Falls which has an 85-ft. plunge into Cane Creek Gorge. The width of the falls is 50 feet.

Not far from the nature center is Cane Creek Falls which has an 85-ft. plunge into Cane Creek Gorge. The width of the falls is 50 feet. 1694
6 <strong>Cane Creek Falls</strong> in January 2009 after a few days of below-freezing temperatures. We had wanted to see ice, we weren't disappointed!

Cane Creek Falls in January 2009 after a few days of below-freezing temperatures. We had wanted to see ice, we weren't disappointed!

Cane Creek Falls in January 2009 after a few days of below-freezing temperatures. We had wanted to see ice, we weren't disappointed! 1415
7 This rainbow was visible in the spray from Cane Creek Falls, it shimmered as the wind shifted the water drops.

This rainbow was visible in the spray from Cane Creek Falls, it shimmered as the wind shifted the water drops.

This rainbow was visible in the spray from Cane Creek Falls, it shimmered as the wind shifted the water drops. 1576
8 <strong>Rock House Falls</strong> shoots 125 feet over the edge of the gorge, it is very near Cane Creek Falls. Located just a few yards from the Betty Dunn Nature Center is the Cane Creek Overlook, where you get a fantastic view of Rock House Falls (l...

Rock House Falls shoots 125 feet over the edge of the gorge, it is very near Cane Creek Falls. Located just a few yards from the Betty Dunn Nature Center is the Cane Creek Overlook, where you get a fantastic view of Rock House Falls (l...

Rock House Falls shoots 125 feet over the edge of the gorge, it is very near Cane Creek Falls. Located just a few yards from the Betty Dunn Nature Center is the Cane Creek Overlook, where you get a fantastic view of Rock House Falls (left) and Cane Creek Falls. 1830
9 We got to the park late on 1-18-09, so this was the only view we were able to see of Rockhouse Falls breaking through the ice in the plunge pool below. It looked vastly different than the times we've seen it in the summer!

We got to the park late on 1-18-09, so this was the only view we were able to see of Rockhouse Falls breaking through the ice in the plunge pool below. It looked vastly different than the times we've seen it in the summer!

We got to the park late on 1-18-09, so this was the only view we were able to see of Rockhouse Falls breaking through the ice in the plunge pool below. It looked vastly different than the times we've seen it in the summer! 1340
10 Just above the Cane Creek Falls is 45-foot high <strong>Cane Creek Cascades</strong>, the former location of the Bickford Mill. The mill washed away in a flood in 1929.

Just above the Cane Creek Falls is 45-foot high Cane Creek Cascades, the former location of the Bickford Mill. The mill washed away in a flood in 1929.

Just above the Cane Creek Falls is 45-foot high Cane Creek Cascades, the former location of the Bickford Mill. The mill washed away in a flood in 1929. 1781
11 The cliffsides above Cane Creek Falls were decorated with beautiful Icicles in mid-January 2009, they looked like a wedding cake!

The cliffsides above Cane Creek Falls were decorated with beautiful Icicles in mid-January 2009, they looked like a wedding cake!

The cliffsides above Cane Creek Falls were decorated with beautiful Icicles in mid-January 2009, they looked like a wedding cake! 1508
12 If you want to get a direct view of Rock House Falls you'll have to cross this Swinging Bridge. It gets a bit bouncy if more than one person tries to cross it at the same time!

If you want to get a direct view of Rock House Falls you'll have to cross this Swinging Bridge. It gets a bit bouncy if more than one person tries to cross it at the same time!

If you want to get a direct view of Rock House Falls you'll have to cross this Swinging Bridge. It gets a bit bouncy if more than one person tries to cross it at the same time! 1571
13 This is the trail that goes up the gorge to the Cane Creek overlook. These stairs will get your pulse raised!

This is the trail that goes up the gorge to the Cane Creek overlook. These stairs will get your pulse raised!

This is the trail that goes up the gorge to the Cane Creek overlook. These stairs will get your pulse raised! 1604
14 This well-worn trail is what has to be traversed to get the fantastic view from the overlook.

This well-worn trail is what has to be traversed to get the fantastic view from the overlook.

This well-worn trail is what has to be traversed to get the fantastic view from the overlook. 1581
15 Another tricky area on the Overlook trail. The heavy foot traffic has caused severe erosion, allowing the soil to wash away from the roots of these trees.

Another tricky area on the Overlook trail. The heavy foot traffic has caused severe erosion, allowing the soil to wash away from the roots of these trees.

Another tricky area on the Overlook trail. The heavy foot traffic has caused severe erosion, allowing the soil to wash away from the roots of these trees. 1556
16 <strong>Rock House Falls</strong> as seen from the second overlook.

Rock House Falls as seen from the second overlook.

Rock House Falls as seen from the second overlook. 1654
17 The view from Cane Creek overlook.

The view from Cane Creek overlook.

The view from Cane Creek overlook. 1618
18 A short hike across the creek and up the hill will take you to a fantastic view of both <strong>Cane Creek Falls</strong> and <strong>Rock House Falls</strong>.

A short hike across the creek and up the hill will take you to a fantastic view of both Cane Creek Falls and Rock House Falls.

A short hike across the creek and up the hill will take you to a fantastic view of both Cane Creek Falls and Rock House Falls. 1530
19 The Cane Creek Gorge as seen from the overlook near the Nature Center.

The Cane Creek Gorge as seen from the overlook near the Nature Center.

The Cane Creek Gorge as seen from the overlook near the Nature Center. 1619
20 Being on the Cumberland Plateau, Fall Creek Falls State Park contains thick deposits of ancient sandstone. The sandstone in this area often fractures in blocks like this. Not far from the park, there is a large sandstone quarry where rock for building ...

Being on the Cumberland Plateau, Fall Creek Falls State Park contains thick deposits of ancient sandstone. The sandstone in this area often fractures in blocks like this. Not far from the park, there is a large sandstone quarry where rock for building ...

Being on the Cumberland Plateau, Fall Creek Falls State Park contains thick deposits of ancient sandstone. The sandstone in this area often fractures in blocks like this. Not far from the park, there is a large sandstone quarry where rock for building is mined. This rock wall is just below the cascades. 1772
21 There is just a peek of a view from the Cane Creek Gorge Overlook; this would be a spectacular sight in the autumn!

There is just a peek of a view from the Cane Creek Gorge Overlook; this would be a spectacular sight in the autumn!

There is just a peek of a view from the Cane Creek Gorge Overlook; this would be a spectacular sight in the autumn! 1551
22 <strong>Fall Creek Falls</strong> is the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains, it has a plunge of 256 feet. The amount of water can be controlled since Fall Creek is dammed upstream. We visited the park after a rainy week, so the flow was very...

Fall Creek Falls is the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains, it has a plunge of 256 feet. The amount of water can be controlled since Fall Creek is dammed upstream. We visited the park after a rainy week, so the flow was very...

Fall Creek Falls is the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains, it has a plunge of 256 feet. The amount of water can be controlled since Fall Creek is dammed upstream. We visited the park after a rainy week, so the flow was very strong. 4208
23 The top of the trail that goes to the bottom of the falls gives you an idea of how challenging the rest of it will be!

The top of the trail that goes to the bottom of the falls gives you an idea of how challenging the rest of it will be!

The top of the trail that goes to the bottom of the falls gives you an idea of how challenging the rest of it will be! 1579
24 This is a nice area to hike past on a hot day as you go to the bottom of Fall Creek Falls. Cool air comes out of the crack in this cliff like natural air conditioning!

This is a nice area to hike past on a hot day as you go to the bottom of Fall Creek Falls. Cool air comes out of the crack in this cliff like natural air conditioning!

This is a nice area to hike past on a hot day as you go to the bottom of Fall Creek Falls. Cool air comes out of the crack in this cliff like natural air conditioning! 1580
25 The trail to the bottom of Fall Creek Falls is not for the faint of heart or legs!

The trail to the bottom of Fall Creek Falls is not for the faint of heart or legs!

The trail to the bottom of Fall Creek Falls is not for the faint of heart or legs! 1557
26 Near the end of the trail to the bottom of the falls there is a lot of breakdown rock. It makes you not want to spend much time under the cliff!

Near the end of the trail to the bottom of the falls there is a lot of breakdown rock. It makes you not want to spend much time under the cliff!

Near the end of the trail to the bottom of the falls there is a lot of breakdown rock. It makes you not want to spend much time under the cliff! 1539
27 The trail to the bottom of the falls goes under this large sandstone cliff. Beneath the thick sandstone is a thick layer of shale.

The trail to the bottom of the falls goes under this large sandstone cliff. Beneath the thick sandstone is a thick layer of shale.

The trail to the bottom of the falls goes under this large sandstone cliff. Beneath the thick sandstone is a thick layer of shale. 1514
28 The spray was so strong at the bottom of Fall Creek Falls I had to take this picture very quickly!

The spray was so strong at the bottom of Fall Creek Falls I had to take this picture very quickly!

The spray was so strong at the bottom of Fall Creek Falls I had to take this picture very quickly! 1593
29 The top of Fall Creek Falls has a double drop.

The top of Fall Creek Falls has a double drop.

The top of Fall Creek Falls has a double drop. 1545
30 The flow of Fall Creek Falls is controlled by the outflow from this Lake. It has a marina for boaters.

The flow of Fall Creek Falls is controlled by the outflow from this Lake. It has a marina for boaters.

The flow of Fall Creek Falls is controlled by the outflow from this Lake. It has a marina for boaters. 1458
31 Some of the Fishermans' Cabins at Fall Creek Falls State Park. The 2009 rates for these over-the-lake cabins are $115 / night.

Some of the Fishermans' Cabins at Fall Creek Falls State Park. The 2009 rates for these over-the-lake cabins are $115 / night.

Some of the Fishermans' Cabins at Fall Creek Falls State Park. The 2009 rates for these over-the-lake cabins are $115 / night. 1929
32 The Fishermans' Cabins and ducks. These look like they would be very peaceful places to stay for a few days or a week!

The Fishermans' Cabins and ducks. These look like they would be very peaceful places to stay for a few days or a week!

The Fishermans' Cabins and ducks. These look like they would be very peaceful places to stay for a few days or a week! 1483
33 The Landside Cabins at Fall Creek Falls are in the woods but they overlook the lake. These cabins would probably be a safer choice for families with small children than the cabins that are right over the water.

The Landside Cabins at Fall Creek Falls are in the woods but they overlook the lake. These cabins would probably be a safer choice for families with small children than the cabins that are right over the water.

The Landside Cabins at Fall Creek Falls are in the woods but they overlook the lake. These cabins would probably be a safer choice for families with small children than the cabins that are right over the water. 2823
34 A nice view of the gorge. I was standing at the same level as the layer of sandstone on the other side of the gorge. This "big ditch" proves the incredible power of time and water!

A nice view of the gorge. I was standing at the same level as the layer of sandstone on the other side of the gorge. This "big ditch" proves the incredible power of time and water!

A nice view of the gorge. I was standing at the same level as the layer of sandstone on the other side of the gorge. This "big ditch" proves the incredible power of time and water! 1914
35 Another view of an ajoining river gorge.

Another view of an ajoining river gorge.

Another view of an ajoining river gorge. 1685
36 Piney Falls has a 75-foot drop. This view is from the overlook across the gorge.

Piney Falls has a 75-foot drop. This view is from the overlook across the gorge.

Piney Falls has a 75-foot drop. This view is from the overlook across the gorge. 1799
37 This is the Suspension bridge up the creek from Piney Falls.

This is the Suspension bridge up the creek from Piney Falls.

This is the Suspension bridge up the creek from Piney Falls. 1628
38 Ken and I laughed when we saw this "petrified giant's foot", a large overhanging rock on the trail to Piney Falls!

Ken and I laughed when we saw this "petrified giant's foot", a large overhanging rock on the trail to Piney Falls!

Ken and I laughed when we saw this "petrified giant's foot", a large overhanging rock on the trail to Piney Falls! 1707
39 The view from the top of Piney Falls at Fall Creek Falls.

The view from the top of Piney Falls at Fall Creek Falls.

The view from the top of Piney Falls at Fall Creek Falls. 1934
40 When we visited Fall Creek Falls at the end of May, the Mountain Laurel was at its peak of blooming. They looked like they were covered with light pink snow!

When we visited Fall Creek Falls at the end of May, the Mountain Laurel was at its peak of blooming. They looked like they were covered with light pink snow!

When we visited Fall Creek Falls at the end of May, the Mountain Laurel was at its peak of blooming. They looked like they were covered with light pink snow! 1673

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