Fall Creek Falls State Park – Camping

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Summary

With hundreds of standard and premium sites as well as primitive and backcountry camping, Fall Creek Falls State Park can accommodate any camper.

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Amy Lynch

Distance

0.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

42.5 miles

Difficulty

1 of 5 diamonds

The park offers challenging hikes for backcountry campers as well as full-service cabins and campsites filled with every creature comfort, plus a few options in-between.

Time To Complete

2 days

Seasonality

All Seasons

The park is open year-round, and while winters are cold, the park is rarely adversely affected by treacherous conditions.

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits

Yes

$11-25 for overnight camping; cabin pricing and minimum stay varies

Land Website

Fall Creek Falls

Review

Intro

Boasting the most visitors of any Tennessee state park and a taller waterfall than any other beyond the Mississippi, Fall Creek Falls State Park is well-known for having a smorgasbord of options for campers, from the hesitant novice to the grizzly career backpacker. With 222 standard/premium campsites, 16 primitive sites, and three backcountry sites, your level of experience is never a hindrance—there’s an ideal overnight spot for every type of visitor here. And for those who might prefer some respite from the elements, onsite cabins and a full-service inn can be reserved as well.

What Makes It Great

The park’s versatility is a plus for all who enter, and that extends to its campgrounds. Whether you want to watch the leaves change in the fall, witness the forest waking up in the spring, enjoy the calm winter cold in near solitude, or take advantage of some outdoor summer fun surrounded by fellow campers, Fall Creek Falls State Park welcomes guests all year. From hiking, biking, fishing, and swimming to cultural exhibits and kid-friendly nature encounters, there are plenty of things to do here.

More than 200 of its campsites are stocked with comforts—tables, grills, water, and electricity are available at all of them, while a majority also have sewer connections. Campgrounds are listed A through E, and all have restrooms. Campgrounds A and C both have a playground and picnic area, and RV-accessible sites are available near campgrounds A, D, and E. Elsewhere in the park, 16 primitive sites are available (nine are walk-in and seven are park-on). For serious campers, three backcountry sites can be found along the park’s backpacking trails.

Reservations for any site can be made up to 12 months in advance in person, online, or by phone. The park requires a two-night minimum reservation with a two-week maximum stay. Ice and firewood are both available for sale onsite, and most campgrounds are ADA-friendly.

Who is Going to Love It

With such a vast array of options to accommodate everyone on the spectrum from those with special mobility needs to advanced backpackers, there’s a comfortable arrangement available for anyone who chooses to camp in the park.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

The park is accessible via TN-284 from both the southwest (via Highway 111) and northeast (via Highway 30); once inside, designated parking areas are clearly marked, and some campsites are park-on.

Each campsite can hold no more than eight people and one camping unit (i.e., tent, RV, etc). Only certified heat-treated firewood (available for purchase onsite) and wood collected within the park is allowed; untreated wood is prohibited from being brought into the park.

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Location

Fall Creek Falls

10821 Park Road
Pikeville, TN, 37367
35.678971, -85.33909

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