List: Fall Creek Falls ‘best’ Tennessee state park

Fall Creek Falls. Photo/State of Tennessee
Fall Creek Falls. Photo/State of Tennessee

SPENCER – An Upper Cumberland park known for its wealth of waterfalls was named Tennessee’s best state park in a recently published piece by Thrillist.

The food, drink and travel site based its top ranking of Fall Creek Falls State Park on reviews from locals, it said. Thrillist highlighted the best state parks in all 50 states in late November.

“This 26,000-acre spread atop the Eastern Cumberland Plateau gives the Smoky Mountains a run for their money when it comes to best vistas in Tennessee,” Thrillist said. “The gorges and cascades offer perfect views of both the mountains and the park’s SIX waterfalls, including the namesake 256-foot Falls Creek Falls” one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States.

Fall Creek Falls covers more than 26,000 acres in Van Buren and Bledsoe counties and is Tennessee’s largest and most visited state park.

It’s also not Fall Creek Falls’ first run at a top ranking, either. Last year, Mother Nature Network, an environmental and social responsibility online network, included it in a list of “10 of the best state parks in America“; the only park in Tennessee listed.

In 2013, Tennessee Magazine said Fall Creek Falls State Park had the state’s best hiking trail, outdoor adventure, state park and golf course.

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