Fall Creek Falls State Park and Resort

Trip Start Jul 19, 2007
Trip End Jul 22, 2007

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Flag of United States  , Tennessee
Friday, July 20, 2007

Fall Creek Falls State Park is home to the tallest waterfall east of the rockies. The falls are 256 feet high and ordinarly host gushing waters that rush into a pool at the bottom of a cliff,  but unfortunately I was not able to witness this. The waterfall was a mere trickle due to a 12-15 inch shortage of rain. It was such a disappointment because after the elaborate write up in Southern Living Magazine boasting the magnificence and grandur of the falls, my appeitite was set to see the spectacular site. Traveling has a way of teaching us life lessons when we least exspect it. I was reminded how important it is not to take the things we love or God's gifts to us for granted. We were blessed to take in many of Gods other creatures. The park had an abundance of deer, raccons and birds. PHOTO_ID_R=nature.jpg] Once I had gotten past the shock and sadness of the dry falls I was able to recognize the other amenities the park had to offer. A favorit were the 3 swininging brideges, how cool to feel like you are in the middle of the jungle, when you have really only went a few hundred miles.  The swinging bride over Cascade Falls was the location for a scene in the movie Jungle Book.
The park hosts a wide selecton of affordabable accomodations that would satisfy a diverse population. Lodging possibilities range from rooms in the inn, camping, and waterfront villas with a private deck.
Our decesion to go to FCFSP was spur of the moment;therefore, the only avaiable lodging was a room in the inn. Let this be a lesson to you and book early. I believe a villa is the best buy for your money because it has 3 bedrooms and cooking facilities for only $150.00 a night. The inn offers the convience of a restaruant with a daily buffet and a very limited menu, which is another reason to camp or choice a villa. In retrospect we wish we would of at least brought some food for a picnic. One evening we actually missed dinner because we didn't get back before the restaurant closed.
There is plenty of fun in the sun activities for the outdoor enthusiast and plenty of opportunities for Anees to ennjoy her first: Paddle boat ride, hike ( I carried  her of course), assisted slide down the sliding board, and ok second time in the pool. A couple of things that would make the place even more appealing is if there was a place in the park to rent bikes and watch a movie. The park has some exceptional places to ride bikes, but have not been able to find anyone to contrat with the park to lease bikes for the last three years. Spa activties wouldn't be a bad idea either after a long hard hike. I love the great outdoors,but I am not opposed to a little self indulgence or pampering either.
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