Reconnect with the outdoors. Recalibrate your life to the pulse of nature. Just two hours away from the bustle of Nashville’s hard charging city life lays a paradise ripe with adventure. It’s Fall Creek State Park, one of the largest and most popular Tennessee state parks. With a full schedule of events planned all year long, Fall Creek Falls State Park offers many options for a fantastic getaway.
Falls Creek Falls State Park
This is the life, I thought to myself, as the gravel road crunched beneath my sneakers on the way to my campsite. This is the sweet spot people keep searching for in life.
To be outdoors.
To wake up without my dry-walled, brick tent and shingled roof, and walk in the open, dewy morning air. To listen to life stretch and wake all around…this is the life.
For those who love camping
If you’re a camper, you’re nodding in agreement with me. You might even be closing your eyes and breathing the air of your precious camping memories, feeling inspired to get your next trip on the calendar. I’ve awakened the craving of Coleman nylon. Mmmm, yes, keep reading. I’ve got a place for you to visit.
For those who detest the outdoors
If you’re a glamper or a camper-refrainer, you’re like, I. Do. Not. Get. It. The Life I’m searching for is non-sticky, bug-free, and indoors. Outdoors is the brief interlude, the necessary evil, if you will, between my car and my indoor haven. The closest thing to camping I have ever undertaken is turning on my sound machine to the “Crickets” option while I feel the breeze from my ceiling fan circulating above my comfy, king-sized bed at night.
I hear you, my indoor friend. No judgment here. Don’t leave yet. You might have an outdoor friend you could share this with.
Fall Creek Falls State Park
- It’s got a lake.
- It’s got waterfalls.
- It’s got swimming holes galore.
- There’s a general store and a restaurant.
- Other activities besides camping include, horseback riding and golfing.
- And if you like extra squeals with a side of your adventure, there’s even a zip line and creaky, swing bridges for delightful family fun.
It’s kind of an outdoor lover’s supermall of open-air activities, just 2 hours east of Nashville, Tennessee.
The schedule of events are stellar year round!
- If you’re into astronomy and stargazing, you’re in luck. Plan to take the kids in the fall, especially the ones that are Stars Wars fanatics. There will be an expert on hand discussing distant galaxies, exploding stars, and constellations. They’ll even set up a telescope during these events. Tell your kids to look for Luke Skywalker in the stars. It’ll keep them busy all night.
- Enjoy the annual Mountaineer Folk Festival. Music in the mountains with country cooking and demonstrations of pioneer skills? C’mon. Educational, outdoors, and fun? That’s a no brainer.
- And for the real outdoor enthusiast, how about a 13-mile, multi-day backpacking trip? Do you have to be an experienced hiker? Nope. Good news is they’d take novice hikers, like me. The downside of the backpacking trip is: there’s a fee. The upside is: it’s nominal. You and a partner could get away and have an outdoor, mountain adventure for less than two tickets to a movie, BEFORE popcorn!
Recalibrate to the sounds of the outdoors
Just picture yourself here.
Can you see the smoldering campfires of the sites next to yours, as they puff towers of smoke into the airy morning light?
Can you hear the lazy harmonica coming from the sleepy RV nearby?
Can you feel the cool dew that welcomes morning with its gentle, damp touches?
Can you see the child, free from parents and backyard fences, pass your site on the aluminum scooter as his wheels whir along the pavement?
Can you smell how the air is scented equally with ash and grass, deet and citronella, and frying bacon and eggs?
Make it happen, outdoor lover.
Book today, my outdoor friend! The leaves change in October. Get a site reserved for yourself and the family. Autumn in Tennessee is a treat you won’t regret. Here’s a helpful list of kids’ camping gear must-haves from a fellow TMOM.
Still on the fence, indoor friend?
If I’ve convinced you to be open even a teensy weensy bit to booking a camping trip at Fall Creek Falls State Park, I’ll share some good news with you….there’s an inn. Yes, an indoor inn.
Baby steps, friend. Baby steps.