Poose and I were married last June. Our first trip camping as a blended family was to Santee State Park in South Carolina. It was a success, we were ready to try out our hand at a place a little closer to home. Fall Creek Falls State Park isn’t very far from where we live, so we loaded up the children for a long weekend and headed out.
It was a short drive, and perfect for a long weekend. The campground is rather large ( 222 total campsites), and there were five camping areas from which to chose your site. We found our spot and got settled in. The kids enjoyed getting their bikes out and riding around the loop. There was a large field area in the middle which the kids would run through, play ball ,and at night place their chairs to stargaze. A small playground was tucked in one corner, the smallest children enjoyed playing there with their parents not far away. There were
The campsites were relatively private, and deer would sometimes stroll through the campground, which was pretty exciting to witness. There were several great trails that we enjoyed.You need to drive to reach several of the trails. A family favorite was the Cable Trail. You need to be in an adventurous frame of mind to tackle it and it is rated “Difficult”, but we were able to do it with Lil’ Z from when he was 6 years old. You hold onto a large cable to help you get down a steep embankment. When you are at the bottom there is a lovely swimming area and you get an awesome view from the bottom of the falls. We spotted a neat little water snake while we were there last time. I highly recommend you give it a try.
We rented boats one evening. The older kids rented paddle boats, and we rented an aluminum boat to do a little fishing. Lil’ Z was so excited to catch his first large mouth bass. The lake is large and peaceful, you can see people riding their bikes and walking trails. You can also catch a glimpse of the Inn on the lake.We did go one morning for the breakfast buffet at the restaurant inside the Inn. The kids were happy with it, and filled up. I would have preferred some real food at the campsite. It just made me think of a Shoney’s sort of breakfast bar. They called it a southern style buffet. I wasn’t impressed, but it’s nice to have it as an option.
The Falls themselves are beautiful, there are several trails to take you to see them. You can view them from the top looking down, if you don’t want to take the long trail down to the bottom. Go for both views for the full experience. The children had the most fun at the Cascade Falls. It was hot and they were ready to plunge into the cold water. The rocks are slippery and it’s best to wear swim shoes of some sort, but it was refreshing and adventurous. It is a dog friendly park, we met many lovely pooches on the trails and in the water. We spent our final morning doing the snake program at the Nature Center. We learned a lot and got to see some snakes up close and personal. Lil’ Z also completed his Junior Ranger program that day.
We had a spectacular visit to Fall Creek Falls. It was the right mix of adventure and relaxation for our family. The facilities were very well kept up. In fact they were nicer than most campgrounds. They also had a spot to buy fire wood and other necessities. There was also a small ice cream shop and store inside the park. We didn’t try out everything, apparently they have zip lining and horse back riding, but we have to save some things for our next visit, right?
Where is your favorite camping spot? Have you ever been to Fall Creek Falls?