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Falling in Love with Fall Creek Falls State Park

Looking for a fun budget family getaway and a chance to reconnect with the Great Outdoors? Then you'll fall in love with Tennessee's Fall Creek Falls State Park in the Cumberland Plateau. It's one of the state's most beautiful gems and attractions.
by Carla Meadows Modified: July 25, 2014 at 7:57 pm •  Published: July 25, 2014

After traveling on the highways and byways through the Deep South on our epic 3,500-mile family summer road trip, I'm finally in my natural element in the beautiful mountain splendor of Tennessee.

I’ve always been a nature lover and, although I thoroughly enjoyed visiting all of the Southern cities that we’ve traveled to so far, my absolute favorite thing is being with my family enjoying the Great Outdoors.

After leaving Stone Mountain, Ga., we headed up through Chattanooga and along Highway 284 North to a wonderful state park nestled in the Cumberland Plateau called Fall Creek Falls (10821 Park Rd., Pikeville, TN 37367).

I actually found this park through Groupon, which gave me a deep discount and then added on another 20 percent off with an online promotion that I discovered. So, we were able to stay at the inn on the property with a lakeside view for a whopping $53 total. What a deal!

It’s a remote area that is surrounded with palatial trees and pure and total serenity. After checking in, we enjoyed a full buffet in the lodge and then took a stroll around the property which included cabins, a pool, playgrounds and a shuffleboard area among many other family-fun amenities.

Fall Creek Falls State Park also offers a variety of daytime activities including guided nature walks, outdoor education activities, crafts, fishing and pontoon boat rides, as well as a nice sized conference center.

Hubby and I enjoyed watching the sunset from our balcony while the girls laughed and played games in the room. No one even thought about turning on the TV. It was quite simply – perfection.

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by Carla Meadows
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Carla Meadows is a Oklahoma City native, wife and mother of two tweens and a loveable Golden Retriever who blogs about building intentional family moments through the wonders of travel at home and across the U.S.
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