Fall Creek and Coon Creek Falls, Tennessee

Fall Creek Falls (left) and Coon Creek Falls (right) in December 2009

It’s not often that I get to describe two waterfalls at once, and I could probably describe them separately. That seems counter-intuitive, though, as you’re going to see both Fall Creek Falls and Coon Creek Falls at the same time, assuming Coon Creek Falls is flowing.

Fall Creek and Coon Creek Falls are very easy to view, as you can drive to a parking area which leads to a viewing platform. At just over 250′ tall, Fall Creek Falls is very impressive. Coon Creek Falls is thinner, but is still interesting. The day I visited, it was rather windy, and so the falls, especially Fall Creek, were being pushed from side to side. It was rather cool to watch!

If you’re interested, there is a trail that leads down to the base of the falls. Now, from what I have read it’s a short trail. You’ll be descending over 250′ in a rather short distance, and this didn’t hold much appeal to me at the time, so I skipped that. I felt like there were pretty good views to be had without much hiking, though I now imagine it would be pretty cool to get a different view of the rock layers.

If you’re looking for a number of waterfalls within close distance of each other, Fall Creek Falls State Park is a really great place to visit. Cane Creek Cascades, Cane Creek Falls, Rockhouse Falls, and Piney Creek Falls are all in the same park.


  1. From one of the entrances, you want to head toward the Fall Creek Dam. (Google seems to call it Park Road.)
  2. You’ll end up on a one-way road, if I remember correctly. Go to the turnoff for Falls Creek Falls and drive to the parking area for the falls.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 256′
Length of Hike: negligible

Where in the World is Fall Creek and Coon Creek Falls?


3 thoughts on “Fall Creek and Coon Creek Falls, Tennessee

  1. I was raised not far from this place…it was part of a relatives land when purchased by the state, my family has a cemetery at the entrance…I love this place and it never ceases to amaze me, so happy to see it profiled here.

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