Fall Creek Falls in Autumn.
Despite living in fairly close proximity, I had never visited Fall Creek Falls. With the leaves beginning to change and the weather starting to dip, I decided to take a trip out and photograph the falls. Located along the Cumberland Plateau, Fall Creek Falls is the biggest Tennessee state park. There are several falls here but I really only had time to visit the two biggest. Despite this being the most visited park in Tennessee I had the place almost to myself. This may have been due to the unseasonably cold and dreary day, but it gave me the freedom to roam uninterrupted for the most part.
The namesake falls were a little thin the day I was there. I'm not sure if it was due to lack of rainfall, but from other images Ive seen they can be much fuller. The gorgeous fall colors, however, more than made up for it.
Heading away from the falls I was surrounded by colors and textures. I think I was just a few weeks ahead of the full fall explosion. There was still a fair amount of green in the trees, but it was still quite beautiful.
I headed over to the adjoining Piney Creek Falls next. This falls has a nice overlook perched on a high cliff, the view is really breathtaking.
As I made my way down the trail I found the famous swinging bridge. This bridge carries you high over the Piney Creek and it does indeed swing and bounce. I saw more than a few people lose their nerve and go back.
After crossing over and following the trail to the creek, I saw a path that followed the water. This was a treacherous trail climbing over and under trees, all while right on the edge of the rushing icy creek. As you can see in the image there is really nowhere to walk on either side.
Following this path to the end I emerged at the top of the falls. Standing next to that much rushing water close to a several hundred feet drop is an experience to remember.
This image doesn't show the height, but you can see from the previous image that it is quite high. It was beginning to get late so I decided to call it a day and begin the long drive back. I had finally been to my first Tennessee state park, and it will definitely not be the last.