While the 26,000-acre park is filled with activities from hiking, biking, and camping to zip lines and a golf course, a day on the lake offers a tranquil oasis in the middle of an adventure-filled playground. With canoe rentals available in the spring, summer and fall, Fall Creek Falls State Park offers a quiet way to enjoy the area’s natural beauty with as much or little effort as you choose. Stocked with catfish in the fall and ripe with other freshwater fish in the warmer months, the lake is a casual angler’s dream and equally blissful for those who just want to enjoy a quiet dose of Tennessee sunshine from atop the water.
What Makes It Great
While it’s a bit of a tongue-twister to say, the beauty of Fall Creek Falls State Park makes an instant fan out of almost anyone who’s lucky enough to encounter it. The popular park is known for its tall waterfalls, of course, but renting a canoe and paddling its lake is as worthwhile and peaceful an endeavor as hiking to the falls themselves. It’s especially beautiful in the fall when the trees surrounding the lake are bursting into bright shades of red, orange, and yellow.
A phenomenal way to spend a few hours, Falls Creek Lake stretches 345 acres from the park’s westward perimeter to its center, near the zip line center where higher-speed adventures await. To make a full day of your visit, consider stopping into the nature center or cultural sites inside the park, near the campgrounds, or hiking one of the dozen-plus trails on-site, several of which are suitable for beginners and casual hikers.
Who is Going to Love It
The calm serenity of the water lends itself well to a quiet day of fishing or low-key exploration; any adult can rent a canoe and enjoy the lake and its views. Just be sure to check the calendar before heading into the park for some paddle—canoe and paddleboard rentals are only available April through October.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
The park is accessible via TN-284 from both the southwest (via Highway 111) and northeast (via Highway 30); once inside, follow the signs to the lake’s designated parking areas.
If you want to fish, a valid Tennessee fishing license is required for anglers between the ages of 13 and 78.