Gorge Overlook Trail

Fall Creek Falls State Park

Tennessee Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee

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Gorge Overlook Trail


  • Beautiful trees on the path heading north from the parking lot.- Gorge Overlook Trail
  • Man-made water shelf.- Gorge Overlook Trail
  • Looking west on the Gorge Overlook Trail.- Gorge Overlook Trail
  • Wild berries along the Gorge Overlook Trail.- Gorge Overlook Trail
  • Further up Gorge Overlook Trail.- Gorge Overlook Trail
  • Cane Creek Gorge Bridge.- Gorge Overlook Trail
  • Trail marker to Fall Creek Falls.- Gorge Overlook Trail
  • Trail heading south from Rocky Point Overlook on the Gorge Overlook Trail.- Gorge Overlook Trail
  • Looking east on Gorge Overlook Trail- Gorge Overlook Trail
  • Turkey Pen Ridge Trail Marker.- Gorge Overlook Trail
  • On top of Cane Creek Gorge.- Gorge Overlook Trail
  • Trail heading west from Cane Creek Overlook.- Gorge Overlook Trail
  • Spring leading back to main trail.- Gorge Overlook Trail
  • Continuing south toward the nature center.- Gorge Overlook Trail
  • Continuing southeast toward the nature center.- Gorge Overlook Trail
Overview + Weather
Heavy foot traffic in warmer seasons.
Water flows diminish in some seasons.
Tennessee Cumberland Plateau, TN
Pets allowed: 
Highest point: 
1,660.00 ft (505.97 m)
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
Permit required: 
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Biking, Hiking
Total Distance: 
1.10 mi (1.77 km)
Total elevation gain: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,610.00 ft (490.73 m)
Typically multi-day: 
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Fall Creek Falls State Park is the largest and most visited park in Tennessee. Visitors come in from all over just to see the beautiful waterfalls this unique place has to offer. The park includes 26,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, which is home to virgin hardwood timber and several species of wildlife. Here you will also find gorges, cascades, waterfalls, and streams scattered throughout the park.

While there are several trails to enjoy throughout the park, the Gorge Overlook Trail is one that you don’t want to miss. This trail is only 1.1 miles long, and it is easy on your feet. You can hop on this trail just west of the Betty Dunn Nature Center. You will see some showers and restrooms directly next to the parking lot, and the trail starts just beyond those. While you are on the path you will see a few sign markers notating overlooks that can be seen by leaving the main trail by less than 50 feet. Cane Creek Overlook is one that you don’t want to miss. Once you get on the trail, go right and follow this around for about a half-mile. Here you will see signs referring to the Cane Creek Gorge Overlook. Take a right and go feast your eyes on the beautiful waterfall. The gorge opens and makes you feel welcomed to be there. You might notice a small water stream closer to you, but if you can’t see it, walk around to the drop off and you should be able to clearly see. While you are in this exact spot, take some time to get closer to the rock face and see over into the gorge. If it is warm, you might see some people swimming in the creek at the bottom of the falls. Once you finish hanging out here for a little while, go back to the trail and head right. This will return you to the trail you were on earlier. A few hundred yards from the last overlook you will see a sign pointing the path to view the Fall Creeks Falls. If you have some extra time, go and check it out. Now continue on the Gorge Overlook Trail that will loop you around to the east. While walking on this trail you will see a lot of water near the walking paths and the bridges that carry all the passengers into the park. Once you reach the parking lot you will have completed this nice little hike, and hopefully you will have memories that will bring you back to see the other trails this amazing park to offers.

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