Cane Creek Falls, Rockhouse Creek Falls, Cane Creek Cascade

Falls Creek Falls State Resort Park / Spencer, Tennessee, USA

About Cane Creek Falls, Rockhouse Creek Falls, Cane Creek Cascade


Hiking Distance: 2 miles round trip
Suggested Time: 60-75 minutes

Date first visited: 2012-10-25
Date last visited: 2012-10-25

Waterfall Latitude: 35.66312
Waterfall Longitude: -85.35029

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Cane Creek Falls is said to be an 85ft waterfall on Cane Creek, which is responsible for the deep Cane Creek Gorge of which is one of the main features of Falls Creek Falls State Resort Park.

During our visit, this falls was also accompanied by the tall (125ft) but thin Rockhouse Creek Falls or Rockhouse Falls.

Falls_Creek_Falls_155_20121025 - Cane Creek Falls (right) and Rockhouse Falls (left)
Cane Creek Falls (right) and Rockhouse Falls (left)

I also passed by the 45ft Cane Creek Cascade, which looked like a pretty popular place to go for a swim if Cane Creek had low enough flow.

In addition, I saw some photos in the literature of Cane Creek Falls shown from its base.

However, after talking with the ranger at the Betty Dunn Nature Center, it turned out that getting that view required a steep descent down the so-called Cable Trail.

I opted not to give this one a try since the ranger’s description made it sound dicey (though I will always second-guess my decision).

Falls_Creek_Falls_104_20121025 - Cane Creek Cascade
Cane Creek Cascade

However, I did take an alternate trail for a better view of the Cane Creek Falls, and that trail is what we’ll focus on in this write-up since it encompasses all three of the featured waterfalls on this page..

Experiencing Cane Creek Cascade, Cane Creek Falls, and Rockhouse Creek Falls

From the Nature Center parking lot (see directions below), it was only a short walk down some steps to a precipitous but overgrown overlook of the steep gorge harboring both Cane Creek Falls and Rockhouse Creek Falls.

While Rockhouse Falls was visible from this overlook, Cane Creek Falls hardly had a satisfying view.

So I took the trail leaving the Nature Center towards Falls Creek Falls.

Falls_Creek_Falls_092_20121025 - Julie checking out the overlook of Cane Creek Falls nearest to the Nature Center parking lot
Julie checking out the overlook of Cane Creek Falls nearest to the Nature Center parking lot

However, right in back of the Nature Center, there was a short spur trail that led down to the pretty Cane Creek Cascade.

Accessing the banks of Cane Creek in front of the cascade required a short but steep scramble that might require using your hands as well as your legs to safely make it.

But if Cane Creek happened to be swollen, I would strongly caution against getting near the creek as not far downstream of here would be the plunge over Cane Creek Falls.

When viewing the Cane Creek Cascade, I noticed there was a swinging bridge above the falls.

Falls_Creek_Falls_116_20121025 - Traversing the swinging bridge over Cane Creek
Traversing the swinging bridge over Cane Creek

It turned out that the bridge was part of the trail leading to Falls Creek Falls as well as the Gorge Overlook.

Since this trail promised to yield better views of Cane Creek Falls, I pursued it.

So when I had my fill of Cane Creek Cascade, I continued back on the main trail, then waiting my turn to cross over the long swinging bridge over Cane Creek.

I believe there was a person limit on the bridge, but this path saw enough traffic to sometimes cause queues on either side of the bridge.

Falls_Creek_Falls_120_20121025 - Traversing through a lightly forested area on the other side of the swinging bridge en route to the Gorge Overlook
Traversing through a lightly forested area on the other side of the swinging bridge en route to the Gorge Overlook

On the other side of the bridge, the trail then went uphill.

At the top of the climb, there was a trail junction where I took the path leading towards the Gorge Overlook.

After a little bit of a descent, I managed to reach the overlook where I was able to see both Rockhouse Creek Falls and Cane Creek Falls together.

I was also able to look across the gorge at the overlook near the Nature Center while some of the folks over at that overlook spotted me (I could tell by them pointing in my direction)!

Falls_Creek_Falls_123_20121025 - Descending to the Gorge Overlook over Cane Creek
Descending to the Gorge Overlook over Cane Creek

This was about as good a view as I could get of Cane Creek Falls without doing the Cable Trail, and the view of Rockhouse Falls was wide open.

This overlook was probably about a mile or so one-way from the Nature Center so it would probably be about 2 miles round trip with some elevation gain and loss.

It took me about 75 minutes to do this hike including the time spent taking photos.

Authorities

Cane Creek Falls, Rockhouse Falls, and Cane Creek Cascade reside in Falls Creek Falls State Resort Park near Spencer, Tennessee. It is administered by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Falls_Creek_Falls_095_20121025 - As much of Cane Creek Falls as we could see from the overlook by the Nature Center
Falls_Creek_Falls_097_20121025 - Rockhouse Creek Falls from the overlook by the Nature Center
Falls_Creek_Falls_106_20121025 - The Cane Creek Cascade and dark plunge pool seen on the way over to the Gorge Overlook
Falls_Creek_Falls_111_20121025 - Looking across the Cane Creek Cascade showing that it was indeed quite an attractive cascade with character
Falls_Creek_Falls_119_20121025 - Sign at the junction where going right led to the Gorge Overlook while going left went towards the Falls Creek Falls
Falls_Creek_Falls_121_20121025 - This sign was the first indicator that I made the right decision in coming here to get a better view of the Cane Creek Falls and Rockhouse Falls via the Gorge Overlook
Falls_Creek_Falls_131_20121025 - Direct view of the Rockhouse Falls from the Gorge Overlook
Falls_Creek_Falls_137_20121025 - Looking down towards the Cane Creek Falls barely visible over the cliffs and foliage from the Gorge Overlook
Falls_Creek_Falls_142_20121025 - More contextual view of Rockhouse Falls from the Gorge Overlook
Falls_Creek_Falls_146_20121025 - Context of both Rockhouse Falls and Cane Creek Falls together from the Gorge Overlook
Falls_Creek_Falls_152_20121025 - More zoomed in look at the Cane Creek Falls from the Gorge Overlook
Falls_Creek_Falls_157_20121025 - Another contextual look at the Rockhouse Falls from the Gorge Overlook
Falls_Creek_Falls_159_20121025 - Going back across the swinging bridge over Cane Creek to the Nature Center after having my fill of the Gorge Overlook

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See the Falls Creek Falls page for directions on getting to the Betty Dunn or Cascades Nature Center.

That would be the place to do this excursion while requiring the least amount of hiking.

Falls_Creek_Falls_088_20121025 - The parking lot for the Betty Dunn Nature Center
The parking lot for the Betty Dunn Nature Center

Otherwise, it’s possible to make the excursion longer by combining this with Falls Creek Falls as well.

I believe it’s about 1.1 miles between the Nature Center and Falls Creek Falls Overlook.

For context, the main town neighboring Falls Creek Falls State Resort Park was Spencer, which was 31 miles (over 30 minutes drive) south of Cookeville, 68 miles (over an hour drive) north of Chattanooga and 21 miles (30 minutes drive) east of McMinnville, where we had overnighted after making our visit to Falls Creek Falls State Resort Park.

Right to left sweep starting with Rockhouse Creek Falls then panning over to an obstructed view of Cane Creek Falls


Right to left sweep of the Cane Creek Cascade


Fixated on the Cane Creek Cascade with swinging bridge above it


Starting with zoom-in of Rockhouse Creek Falls, then zooming out to show this and Cane Creek Falls together before finally zooming in on it; all as seen from its overlook


Left to right sweep showing both falls


Fixated on the scene showing both falls in the same view

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