Fall Creek Falls State Park

Tennessee's Fall Creek Falls is a gem in an emerald landscape

October 19, 2009, 8:25 am
We'd come to see the waterfall. And not just any waterfall.

Tennessee, famous for country music, is even better known for its profusion of forest waterways, from cascades and cataracts to rapids and rivulets. Creeks gurgle through every valley; drops trickle down every cliff.

Except for Fall Creek Falls. A frothy veil of water, this 256-foot-long torrent is one of a kind, the tallest single-drop waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. It's the pride of the Cumberland Plateau and centerpiece of the 25,000-acre state park of the same name. But where was it? From where we stood at the Visitors' Center, a Robin Hood's forest stretched away over the top of the plateau, a swath of leafy maples and oaks, graceful dogwood and tulip poplars, towering hemlock and hickory as far as the eye could see.