Fall Creek Falls State Park - Pikeville, Tennessee
I recently went to Nashville, Tennessee to visit friends while working remotely for the week. During the beginning of the trip, I went hiking with two of my friends at Fall Creek Falls because despite TLC's advice, I really enjoy chasing waterfalls.
It was the perfect overcast day with enough chill in the air (about 55 degrees) to make for a really comfortable hike. The diffused lighting made for a perfect day to bring along my camera and enjoy the early signs of spring.
We chose to enter at the lower trail which starts off with a somewhat terrifying Indiana Jones style bridge. I tried my best to look straight ahead.
The trail is fairly easy going and well maintained. There are plenty of fun pockets to explore off the trail including an overlook of the waterfalls and nice cliff area to climb around on for a spectacular view. This part took me a little longer than my friends due to both my fear of heights and news articles on death by selfie. You won't find me doing the tree pose on a cliff anytime soon.
Despite my fear of heights, I find hiking to be empowering towards facing those fears. Sure, I might take 10 minutes to climb down from what could be a short jump but I still gain a sense of accomplishment from making it there. Not to mention the reward of a truly stunning view.
The hike was also a great opportunity to break in my new/old Teva hiking boots I bought off eBay. Up until now I had used my sturdiest pair of sneakers. Upgrading to some quality boots made for a better and more comfortable hike, particularly down the somewhat slippery parts when we were closer to the falls. By purchasing gently used boots, I was able to spend $22 + shipping as opposed to <$100 for a new pair.
Bonus: Used boots are already broken in a little for you and adapt to your feet pretty quickly.
The hike down to the waterfall is a little tough but there's a nice spot about halfway down to rest and take in your surroundings. The beauty of the trees and the sound of the waterfall is enough to make you feel like an extra on Twin Peaks. That being said, I wish I would have brought a thermos of some damn fine black coffee to enjoy among the rock formations.
I was pretty tired after a fairly inactive Midwest winter but ended excited about the upcoming Spring and more adventures to come! For more information on visiting Fall Creek Falls, you can visit their website here.