Fall Creek Falls Has New Rooms At the Inn
A new $40 million lodge highlights improvements to Fall Creek Falls State Park.
Nature lovers have long flocked to Fall Creek Falls State Park in Spencer, Tennessee, to take in the breathtaking scenery found throughout the nearly 30,000 acres along the Cumberland Plateau. And now, it is easier than ever for visitors to enjoy the vistas, thanks to the park’s new $40 million lodge.
With a striking glass façade, the lodge contains 85 guest rooms with balconies, a full-service restaurant and lounge, a conference space, and views of Fall Creek Falls Lake and the surrounding tree-covered landscape.
“It’s actually a little smaller than the old inn, but it makes up for it in beauty,” park manager Jacob Young says. “When you’re dining in the restaurant or relaxing in your room, you have this beautiful view of the lake. It fits the landscape very well. It’s modern, but it ties in well with nature.”
The lodge headlines numerous improvements made in recent years to the popular park, located approximately 70 miles north of Chattanooga. There also is a new Visitors Center; two rebuilt swinging bridges, improved fishing access on the lake and enhancements to the Betty Dunn Nature Center.
Of course, the park’s natural beauty remains the same, highlighted by the park’s namesake 256-foot waterfall. Thrill-seekers can tackle the Canopy Challenge Course (a series of more than 70 ladders, bridges, swings and zip lines stretching high into the trees). At the same time, the less adventurous can simply enjoy the park’s numerous trails, along with kayak rentals and an 18-hole golf course.
“We’re now getting more than 1,000 folks a day coming through here,” Young says. “These renovations have been outstanding additions for the park.”
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