Tennessee Trails

The Best Day Hikes in America: Fall Creek Falls Trail

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee

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Nothing against the Smokies, but why fight the crowds when you can have this park’s easy-access gorges, caves, and waterfalls—and elbowroom? Head there midweek to get 256-foot Fall Creek Falls to yourself. It launches off a sandstone cliff into a basin about the size of an Olympic swimming pool.

Distance 3.3 miles (lollipop-loop) Trailhead 35.662061, -85.348757 Drive time 1:57 from Nashville Season Year-round Contact