Fall Creek Falls State Park helps Tennesseans beat summer heat

Fall Creek Falls State Park helps Tennesseans beat summer heat

Posted: Updated: July 23, 2013 07:43 AM
PIKEVILLE, Tenn. -

During the summer heat, everyone is looking for a good place to cool off.

If you don't own a swimming pool or a boat, most spend the summer months near an air conditioner, unless they know about Tennessee's "natural" air conditioner.

Fall Creek Falls State Park is one of Tennessee's best kept, "beat the heat" secrets.

It's is one of Tennessee's best kept, "beat the heat" secrets.

Every summer, Tennesseans hit the falls.

"Once you're here in Tennessee, and you're actually here, there is nothing else like it," said Jordan Holliday, a visitor.

It is considered by many as one of the most spectacular recreation areas in America.

"We get over a million visitors a year," said Brent Measles, a park ranger.

Holliday has been visiting the falls for nearly 20 years. She said many people don't even know it exists.

"Just like 30 minutes out of the way. I'm from Fall Creek Falls. "Well where is that?" They don't know," she said.

Randy Hudson travelled from Murfreesboro to visit.

"It's awesome. It's beautiful. Perfect place to take a family," he told Nashville's News 2.

There are several falls at the state park, including Cane Creek Falls and Cane Creek Cascades, but the attention-getter is Fall Creek Falls.

"You have to see it to believe it. I invite everyone to come out and see us," Measles said.

It's about a 20 minute hike into the plateau full of amazing rock overhangs, oak and hickory forests, and fallen rocks the size of automobiles.

Fall Creek Falls is 256 feet high, making it one of the highest waterfalls east of the Rocky Mountains.

"This water comes from Fall Creek Lake, directly out of our lake. This stream goes down stream to Cane Creek, which is our watershed," Measles explained.

The state park is about two and a half hours away from Nashville.

To learn more, visit their page at TN.gov.

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