Now, this is what I’m talking about. I am finally in my element in the Great Outdoors. I’ve always been a nature lover and although I thoroughly enjoyed visiting all of the Southern cities that we’ve traveled to so far, my absolute favorite thing is being with my Cubs in the wilderness. After leaving Stone Mountain we headed north to Tennessee to a wonderful state park nestled in the Cumberland Plateau called Fall Creek Falls.
I actually found this park through Groupon which gave me a deep discount and then added on another 20% off with an online promotion that I discovered. So we were able to stay at the inn on the property with a lakeside view for a whopping $53 total. What a deal! It’s a remote area that is surrounded with palatial trees and pure and total serenity. After checking in, we enjoyed a full buffet in the lodge and then took a stroll around the property which included cabins, a pool, playgrounds and a shuffleboard area among many other amenities. Fall Creek Falls State Park also offers a variety of daytime activities including guided nature walks, outdoor education activities, crafts, fishing and pontoon boat rides, as well as a nice sized conference center.
Hubby and I enjoyed watching the sunset from our balcony while the Cubs played games in the room. No one even thought about turning on the TV. It was quite simply – perfection.
The next day after a hearty breakfast we took a long hike through the woods and spotted wild turkey and deer as we winded around the lake and through the woods. Good thing we brought along a day pack with water and snacks which really came in handy during breaks.
We finally ascended to the overlook to behold the majestic waterfalls and watched swimmers splashing in the natural pool below in the fog of the dewy mist. We then turned to completing our remote hike through the woods and across suspension bridges before getting to the Nature Center. Once there, we found out that our 2-mile hike was more like a 5 to 7-mile hike which explained why we were so worn out and dehydrated. Luckily, we found a park ranger that gave us a ride back to the inn so we wouldn’t have to hoof it back another 3 hours to civilization.
For me, it was another great outdoor adventure – but for the Cubs and Hubby, not so much. That’s okay, I still love them just the same even though they may suffer from a mild case of “nature deficit disorder.”