DAY RIDE TO FALL CREEK FALLS

On Tuesday, August 27, 2013, we took another Day Ride. Our destination was Fall Creek Falls in Van Buren County, just west of Pikeville, TN.

Fall Creek Falls

Fall Creek Falls

We left our home at 10:00 am, the skies were blue and it was a gorgeous day with a cool start. We wore our light weight jackets and half helmets.

We took Alcoa Highway to Topside Road and stopped at Weigel’s to gas up and get a cracker.

Jeff at Weigel's.

Jeff at Weigel’s.

This short video is about the start of our trip.

From Topside, we took 321 over the Dam into Lenoir City.

Heading into Lenoir City via the Dam.

Once in Lenoir City, we rode south on 11 through Philadelphia, Sweetwater, Niota and then into Athens.

In Athens, we took 30 west toward Decatur. After riding through Decatur, we stopped off on a bridge over the Tennessee River for a photo and a short video.

Bridge on 30 west heading toward Dayton.

Bridge on 30 west heading toward Dayton.

We continued on 30 west heading into Pikeville.

Heading into Pikeville.

Heading into Pikeville.

We rode through Pikeville and stayed on 30 west all the way into Fall Creek Falls State Park.

Heading into Fall Creek Falls State Park.

Heading into Fall Creek Falls State Park.

We followed the signs to Fall Creek Falls Restaurant which features a large buffet with several meat entries, salad and soup bar, and a dessert bar.

Entrance to the Fall Creek Falls Restaurant.

Entrance to the Fall Creek Falls Restaurant.

We both ordered the buffet, eating and sharing a good sampling of everything.

From the Fall Creek Falls buffet.

From the Fall Creek Falls buffet.

The food and service were both excellent! It’s a great eating destination.

Pamo at lunch.

Pamo at lunch.

Jeff at lunch.

Jeff at lunch.

Inside the restaurant.

Inside the restaurant.

View from the restaurant.

View from the restaurant.

And here is a short video where Jeff explains how to tell someone is wearing a park uniform:

After eating we walked briefly through the lobby and conference center.

Lobby of Conference Center and Fall Creek Falls Restaurant.

Lobby of Conference Center and Fall Creek Falls Restaurant.

Here is a short video where I describe our surroundings:

After leaving the Restaurant and Conference Center, we rode toward the Betty Dunn Nature Center and stopped for a few photos along the way.

Fall Creek Falls

Fall Creek Falls State Park

Rock formation inside Fall Creek Falls State Park.

Rock formation inside Fall Creek Falls State Park.

We parked at the Nature Center, first looking at the gorge next to the Center. Fall Creek Falls State Park has multiple falls and viewing areas, but we really wanted to see the falls that the park was named after.

View of gorge from Betty Dunn Nature Center overlook.

View of gorge from Betty Dunn Nature Center overlook.

We decided to hike the 1.1 miles to see Fall Creek Falls. First, we had to traverse the suspension bridge.

Suspension bridge heading toward Fall Creek Falls.

Suspension bridge heading toward Fall Creek Falls.

Jeff on the bridge.

Jeff on the bridge.

View from the bridge.

View from the bridge.

On the trail to Fall Creek Falls.

On the trail to Fall Creek Falls.

Pamo on the second bridge to Fall Creek Falls.

Pamo on the second bridge to Fall Creek Falls.

Nearing the Falls.

Nearing the Falls.

We made it to Fall Creek Falls!

We made it to Fall Creek Falls!

It took us forty-five minutes to get to the Falls. Once there, we realized there is a parking area just off the Fall overlook! Here is a short video when we reached the Falls:

So if you head up to Fall Creek Falls and don’t want to take the hour and a half round trip hike from the Betty Dunn Nature Center to see the Fall Creek Falls, there is a parking area just off the Overlook about a mile away from the restaurant.

Here is a short video coming back into the Nature Center over the suspension bridge:

When we got back to our bikes, we both agreed that the hike was a nice exertion on this beautiful day. We were glad we did it!

We made it! (At the Betty Dunn nature center after our hike.)

We made it! (At the Betty Dunn nature center after our hike.)

Jeff talks about our trip home in this short video:

When we got back on the bikes, we rode out of the park and took 30 back toward Pikeville for a few miles. Then we took 101 north which took us way into Crossville.

We took a short break in a small church parking lot.

Taking a break in a church parking lot.

Taking a break in a church parking lot.

Then we got on 70 and rode back to Rockwood and then to Kingston where we took another break at the water front park.

Pamo at Kingston Water Front Park.

Pamo at Kingston Water Front Park.

In this final video, you can see how tired I was from the day’s ride:

We left Kingston and rode back through Oak Ridge and down Western Avenue to our home in North Knoxville.

We arrived home at 7:15 pm and our total ride was 262 miles. It was a long day but worth every minute! Put Fall Creek Falls on your must ride to list.

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15 Responses to DAY RIDE TO FALL CREEK FALLS

  1. I love you two, I really do. 🙂 Great report, I felt like I was there, and the videos were fun!

    • Pam Huggins says:

      Thank you so much for your comment! We really enjoy doing these stories and knowing folks like you appreciate them makes it even better.
      Thanks again.

  2. James Roberts says:

    I am only in Tennessee part time, but you guys give me the feeling of being there more often…..and the photos are great too!!! James

  3. Curt and Janet says:

    Curt and Janet from Sevierville, Tn. Good write up and pics, thanks for the effort. Will stop at the store again and say Hi.

  4. Gary Rabuck says:

    We know you because almost everything we wear came from a great biker store in Knoxville called Biker Rags. And the fact that you two are so nice. The updates on your day rides together are always just great & now you’ve added the video . Smart move. It’s so nice to see a couple that spends most of there time together & has so much of there future invested in the fact togetherness is the only way it will work. And your having fun . That’s so special . Good Luck With Everything You Do. Gary & Rhonda

    • Pam Huggins says:

      Gary and Rhonda- it’s always a pleasure hearing from you two! I hope your riding summer has been a good one with each other and friends. Thank you, as always, for your kind and supportive comments.

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  6. What a great trip, I’d probably skip the hike, I bet that’d be a great place to view Fall color… won’t be much longer before the leaves change do you think?

    • Pam Huggins says:

      I agree Elaine! Fall Creek Falls will be beautiful with the leaves changing color. We will be seeing those changes very, very soon up in the mountains.
      Thought of you over the weekend- a fella from Charleston, SC came in the store.
      Hope you are enjoying your scooter. 🙂

  7. Gina says:

    Love watching your trip! Felt like I was there with you!
    Gina

  8. Carrie Rubin says:

    Wow, must have been a gorgeous ride! But that suspension bridge would definitely make me a little nervous. Okay, a lot nervous… 😉

    Thanks for stopping by my site!

  9. Pam Huggins says:

    Thank you Carrie for your visit! And congratulations again on your book.

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