Piney Creek Falls


November 2006

State: Tennessee

Location: Fall Creek Falls State Park

Height: 95

Crest: 10?

Water Source: Piney Creek

Waypoint: 35.67306N 85.38417W

Summary: One of several waterfalls in Falls Creek Falls State Park. This is a good sized waterfall, but unfortunately it is impossible to get a good view of the falls from the rim, and reaching the base would require a lot of work.

Piney Creek Falls is located in Fall Creek Falls State Park. Piney Creek Falls is outclassed by Fall Creek Falls, which is much higher, and Cane Creek Fall, which has more water. Piney Creek Falls also suffers due to the fact it is hard to get a good look at the falls. The overlook offers an obstructed view, and no good vantage points exist from the rim. The gorge below the falls is very sheer, and a slip could easily be fatal.

Piney Creek Falls is the most remote of the Fall Creek Falls State Park waterfalls, but it is only 2 miles from Fall Creek Falls, and there is a trail between the two. From the parking area it is just a short walk to the overlook.

If you really wanted to get a good look at the falls you could walk up the gorge to the base. The hard part is getting down into the gorge. Piney Creek has cut out a deep gorge that rivals Cane Creek's, and the walls are high and steep. At Fall Creek Falls there is a trail that will take you down the the floor of the gorge. Walking down Cane Creek and then up Piney Creek to the base of the falls is about 5 miles one way, and I have no idea how strenuous it would be. They have to occassionally rescue people from the Cane Creek Gorge who underestimate the difficulty. The overnight trail crosses Cane Creek about a mile downstream of the Cane Creek Piney Creek confluence. Just reaching the bridge requires a hike of several miles. If you want to see the base of the falls, you are going to have to work for it. Of course the locals may know some secret way down into the gorge much closer to the falls.

Another way to see the falls is from space, courtesy of Google Maps.

[Cumberland Plateau] Nearby Falls

There are several falls in Falls Creek Falls State Park. Fall Creek Falls is about 2 miles to the east, and Cane Creek Falls is another 1.5 miles beyond that. Virgin Falls, Twin Falls and many others are within an hour to the north. Laurel Falls is 30 miles to the east.

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