Fall Creek Falls State Park

About This Project

A new replacement Inn at Fall Creek Falls State Park. The existing facility was completely demolished and removed. The 98,000-square foot replacement facility has a 2-story main entrance structure and an adjacent wing with meeting spaces and support functions. A 3-story guestroom wing with 85 rooms is located on the opposite side of the main lobby. The new construction consists of a combination of exposed steel framing and wood decking at the public areas and concrete construction at the guest room wing.

Serving one of the state’s most visited parks, this two-and-one-half-story replacement lodge features a modern interpretation of rustic elements that draws inspiration from the beauty of Tennessee’s natural landscape. The site is master planned to accommodate the new lodge and support functions, while reclaiming the maximum amount of the existing site for amenity greenspaces and designating separate circulation paths for lodge guests, park visitors, hikers / bikers and vehicles. Located between the building’s two main wings, a large fire pit creates a shared gathering space that also divides guest rooms from public areas.

Oriented for views of the surrounding lake and landscape, the lodge contains 85 guest rooms with private balconies, including three king suites and six family-style bunk rooms. Additional amenities include a banquet room, outdoor pool and a 180-seat restaurant and bar. Designed with park guests’ needs in mind, guest rooms incorporate materials that are associated with camping and the outdoors, while interior spaces feature textures and color palettes that blur the line between the lodge and landscape.

The lodge is designed to meet the State of Tennessee’s High Performance Building Requirements and is intended to function 19% more efficiently than energy code requirements.




Spencer, TN

Hospitality / Multi-Family / Mixed-Use Experience