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.

Directions:

  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?

Piney Creek Falls, Tennessee

Piney Creek Falls in December 2009

I think I was surprised when I first saw Piney Creek Falls. Chalk it up to lowered expectations, maybe? If I remember correctly, the book that I was using didn’t seem to rank this waterfall nearly as high as its counterparts in Falls Creek Falls State Park. But after seeing the falls, I think I was pretty impressed!

The falls are secluded in relative terms. The other falls in the park had numerous visitors, but I was the only one at Piney Creek Falls. That might have been because it was Christmas Eve, but it was still pretty nice out. The biggest deterrent to the falls might be the directions. Some of the signs in the park can get a little bit confusing, as they don’t always indicate where the falls are, but instead other points of interest.

Directions:

  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. Pass the turnoff for Falls Creek Falls, and keep heading a little less than 3 miles to the turnoff for Piney Creek Falls.
  3. Turn right onto the Piney Creek access road and park here. I don’t really even remember having to hike any distance, but I could be wrong?

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 95′
Length of Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Piney Creek Falls?