Friday, January 7, 2011

Hiking in Central TN at Fall Creek Falls :: Family Fun Friday

A vacation for our family almost always includes a hike at a park. I don't really think of us as outdoorsy or athletic but we enjoy climbing easy trails through state parks. There's just something fascinating about seeing God's creation.

Fall Creek Falls State Park in central Tennessee is DEFINITELY a park we'd like to hike again.

There are multiple trails of varying levels of difficulty. There is also a scenic drive with overlooks for those who can't hike up a mountain. Multiple picnic tables and a great playground would be perfect for a packed lunch on a summer day (not so great for the December day we were there).

From the Nature Center we walked down to The Cascades.

After that we decided to cross the cable bridge and hike a half mile to Falls Creek Falls. What they don't tell you is that half mile is all up hill!!

Let me tell ya, crossing this bridge with 4 children was a little nerve wracking!!

We saw a lot of beautiful forest on our hike up the mountain. And then the trees cleared and we found ourselves on the edge of a cliff.

The state park has several waterfalls but this was the closest one. We had a limited amount of time so we didn't get to see all of them. Maybe one day we'll go back and hike to all of the falls.

Do you like to hike or get outdoors on a vacation?  If so, what's your favorite place to go?


stephanie @ Simple Things said...

Fall Creek Falls is gorgeous. I went there once for a business meeting and I have wanted to go back ever since with the family.

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

Stephanie, I thought of you while we were in TN! I wondered if you had ever been to the Fall Creek Falls area. It is beautiful and definitely worth seeing more than once! :)

Ashley said...

This is where I live... well, close by! I'm in Sparta. We go and stay in a cabin every summer. :) Found you from Shari's blog :) You and your mom look Fabulous!

Wherever HE Leads We'll Go said...

Looks gorgeous! I have to give you credit for crossing that bridge. I am afraid of heights, so I would probably have to be sedated before crossing. haha!

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