Fall Creek Falls State Park – Campground

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2009 Village Camp Road; Pikeville, TN 37367
423-881-5298 (Park Office)
800-250-8611 or 423-881-3297 (Reservations)

My visit:  October 15-27, 2014

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222 total campsites in five areas (A-E); six bathhouses, two dump stations. All sites have tables, grills, fire rings, water, and electricity. 92 sites have sewer connections (indicated on site map by #’s within boxes). Some sites will accommodate 45′ RVs; others are for tents only; some primitive.

Areas A, B and D have been recently renovated with new electrical wiring, water and sewer hookups as indicated.

Area A: Sites 1-49

The only sites in this loop with full hookups are 6-20.

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Entering Section A, sites 6-13 are slightly more open and less treed, facing an open field with playground equipment and volleyball court.  Bathhouse is seen on the right.

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I met a couple of the Taylor family here from Dowelltown, TN in Site A-9.  Aaron said that even though it’s only an hour away, it’s a great getaway for them and they come here twice a year for hiking and to see the waterfalls.  He always tries to book this section and can position his DirecTV dish seen here to get reception.  His advice: book early because it can be tough to get a spot here!

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Continuing on around the loop, Site 15 on the left has a Dish Tailgater setup.

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Coming to the end of the loop, Site 44 is a pull-through.

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Area B: Sites 50-143

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Entering Loop B – While there are several sites alongside the through roads, there are also several cul-de-sac type circles throughout this loop.

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Sites 74-81 are on one of these cul-de-sac circles.

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Sites 111-117 is another example of this kind of circle.

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Entering the last loop in this section.

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Area C – Sites 144-182

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Entering the loop with sites ranging from 146-156 on the right.  There’s a road going down to the right on the curve from here for tent camping only – no trailers allowed.  Those are shown on the Site Map as Primitive Sites.

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After making the curve, Site 184 on the right.  The bathhouse for this loop is ahead on the left.

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Making the next round, you can see the picnic shelter and small field between rows of sites.

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There are two full hookup sites on this loop – #175 and #176.  Other than the trees in back, these sites are pretty open and are nice sized.

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Area D – Sites 183-205

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Entering Loop D from main road – I wish they had signs here telling which way to turn for which site number range as they do in the other loops.  There are two roads to the right and even though no way could two RVs pass here, neither are marked one way.  There is also a road to the left and again, no way to tell which sites are this way.  They do give you a printed site map upon check-in, but I still think these roads should be marked as it’s much easier to follow big signs when you’re driving a big rig instead of a small site map.

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If you take the first road to the right, Site 189 is shown on the left.  In order to be oriented correctly for back-in sites, you should enter this way

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Further down, you see Site 194 on the right and are entering a cul-de-sac circle at the end.

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After making the circle, coming back to main road with bathhouse on the right.

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Sites 203-204 on the right of this road which is on the far right side.

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After entering Section D, the road to the left contains Sites 182-187.  That’s me in Site 184 on the right.  Good amount of space between sites and I loved the woodsy feel, but here’s the problem I had:  due to the position of the trees and the RV on the other side of the road, I could not have backed in very easily here.  It turned out that even though this is not marked a pull-through site, there is a way to get into it from a little back road through the trees.  I was not told this upon check-in and if not for the great people in Site 185 across from me, I probably would not have seen this since it’s not marked in any way.

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In fact, the Watts family from nearby Tullahoma turned out to be a huge blessing to me during my stay.  When I first arrived, I was a bit stressed from having driven in the rain and depressed about my mom’s worsening health.  I am so thankful that miracles and angels still find me when I most need them!  They said they frequently make the trip here and enjoy the hiking and waterfalls.  Their site (D-185) is a really nice, large one, but they said they usually try to get into the sites on the other side down by the cul-de-sac since that’s a bit more open and he can get DirecTV with his tripod dish there, but it’s too heavily treed here.  They actually had several family members camped here, including some at the Inn and they appreciated how convenient it is here to have those kind of choices of accommodations.

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Area E – Sites 206-222

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This section is entered from the road the same as Area A and veers off to the right from there.

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Site 206 is the first site shown on the right.

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Coming around sign to cul-de-sac circle with Sites 218-222.

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Another cul-de-sac circle with Site 210 on the right.

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Online Reservations – Seniors, Veterans and Tennessee State Employees may apply discounts to reservations made online for select campsites (no discounts for sewer sites).  Once you choose your arrival/departure date and other requirements, you can view what available sites fit that criteria and see a picture of it by clicking on the site number button.

Activities and Amenities: Boating, zip lining, swimming, horseback riding, fishing, birding, biking.  There is an Olympic sized swimming pool, but it’s only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  When it is open, there is a Snack Bar that looks like they serve burgers, pizza, etc.  The General Store has basic snack items, but no hot food.  Outfitters store has camping supplies and gear.  Launderette in same complex.

Pros/Cons

Readers have asked for short recaps of pros and cons about the parks I visit. I realize this is subjective stuff and what bothers some people, others won’t have a problem with, and vice versa. As a fulltime RVer, I like things that weekend campers can do without. But, based on my own observations and/or comments from others, here goes:

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Natural setting, beautiful trees, good amount of space between sites.   Fall colors here are fantastic. Sometimes hard to maneuver among the many trees. Some people commented that they had to work to position RV so that all slides went out and awning could be extended.
Full hookup options in a woodsy state park – the best of all worlds! Site markers could be placed so easier to see when approaching.  Signs should be at all campground road intersections to inform which site number range is down which road; one way signs in Section D non-existent, but no way could two cars pass each other, much less RVs.
Several waterfalls here are pretty easy to get to overlooks for viewing them.  Fantastic hiking trails from easy to difficult. Be sure to get a copy of the Day-Use Trail Guide when you check in or at the Nature Center because not all trails are marked at every access point.

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Pet Friendly: No extra charge for pets.  All pets must be on leash and cleaned up after; dog pens are allowed.

satelliteSatellite TV:  I could not get a signal with my rooftop DirecTV satellite in site #D-184.  I was told that the first few sites in Section A are the most open and I saw some external satellite setups there for both Dish and DirecTV, but not sure if rooftop antennas would be able to get a signal depending on location among all the trees.  No local channels (including networks) can come in by regular antenna, either.

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Internet/Wi-Fi/Cell Phone: No wi-fi at the campground.  Verizon tower was put up this year, so great 4g phone and internet access through them if that’s your carrier.

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 two-centsMalia’s 2 Cents:  I enjoyed some beautiful fall days here watching the trees turn colors.  It’s pretty easy to get to overlooks here with some amazing views of the waterfalls.  I do have more pictures of some individual sites and if you want to see any, leave comment below and I will post here.

  • Cheryl

    This is a truly awesome review (and an awesome website at that)! Thanks so much for all the informative details. When you said you were in a state park, I never imagined it was anything like this; it seems so much more like a private campground.

    Thanks to your review, I will definitely have to put it on my bucket list when I travel in that direction.

    • Cheryl, I really appreciate your comment and especially interesting that you say it seems more like a private campground. That’s one of the things I love about state parks with full hookups – it really is the best of all worlds. I always prefer state parks due to the more natural settings, but miss full hookups for longer stays. 🙂

  • This comment was posted by Tracey on the Fall Creek Falls Facebook page that shared my review:

    “fall creek falls, please cut the trees back off the campground roads. we had a nervous breakdown trying to maneuver our 34 ft camper. the camp registration needs staff working there that know the camp and understand campers needs. we spent the first part of this week there and will not likely come back unfortunately due to the poor campground roads. not complaining, just saying campers have special needs and fall creek falls does not seem to understand that but having said that, i loved the hiking trail to the falls. awesome.”

  • Charlie Ewing

    The primitive sites have pull-ins which do not accommodate 12-person vans or anything larger. They are also perpendicular to acute angles to the thin road. Our driver had a hard time getting out of I think P2 due to a tree being in the way. It had been hit many times previously. Another driver had a very hard time getting out of P1 and due to the thin road, slipped off the pavement and had to be pushed out by 10+ stocky people in our party. Sites P1-P4 have only one flat spot for a tent, the rest are steep and I found myself crumpled in a ball in the down-slope corners of my tent 3-4 times in a single night. Without flashlights, there could easily be a serious fall from the camp area to the parking spot if you don’t see the cliff edge. The drop would be about 6 feet I estimate. The bathrooms in section C looked like gang-land message boards. And the loose gravel filling holes on the steep thin roads caused one party members to slip and twist her ankle, making it impossible for her to continue anything in the area. While the campground might have lovely views, and abundant wildlife, it is in much need of upgrade and upkeep. The shape of the campground prevents loud noises from carrying, so even though it was packed, it was not loud. There are no borders for camp sites, and dogs from one side cross into the other as you walk by. There was one dog fight while we were there. The food at the lodge was average, and the buffet was lacking for the price. Bring camp food instead.

    • Charlie, thanks for the info on the primitive sites. Because my focus is RV sites and I don’t check these out myself, I appreciate your comments. I think it’s important that we share this kind of info with each other, but I hope you also share these with the park personnel, especially about the danger of falls in that area. Thanks again!

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