Fall Creek Falls State Park

Fall Creek Falls State Park has been the most frustrating experience for me in my short time exploring waterfalls. If you look up pictures of the park online, you’ll find spectacular shots of massive, gushing waterfalls, including Fall Creek Falls – a 256-foot free fall that many claim is the tallest of its kind east of the Mississippi River. But each time I have visited, I’ve found barely a trickle. Granted, each visit took place in the summer, so perhaps early spring is your best bet to see anything worthwhile.

Fall Creek Falls:

As I mentioned, the 256-foot free fall that gives the park its name is supposedly the main feature. There are several spots to view the falls, but if it’s barely a trickle, it will be difficult to see anything.

Coon Creek Falls:

If the water levels are way up, Coon Creek Falls will appear to the right of Fall Creek Falls to make a pair of spectacular free falls. Unfortunately, I imagine you’d have to visit right after a monsoon to see it happen.

Cane Creek Cascades:

Probably the first falls you’ll have access to in the park. The 45-foot falls are located right behind the nature center just downstream from the swinging rope bridge that leads visitors along the Woodland Trail.

Cane Creek Falls:

These 85-foot falls are just downstream from the Cascades and drop into a large, circular gorge.

Rockhouse Falls:

A 125-foot waterfall that drops into the plunge pool created by Cane Creek Falls.

Piney Creek Falls:

A 95-foot waterfall that can only be seen from a distant overlook on the Scenic Loop in the park.