Cumberland Mountain State Park

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Cumberland Mountain State Park

Tennessee

(931) 484-6138

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Overview

Cumberland Mountain State Park is located on the Cumberland Plateau, a segment of the great upland extending from western New York to central Alabama. It is said to be the largest timbered plateau in America. This 1,720-acre park was acquired in 1938 as a project of the Farm Security Administration to provide a recreational area for some 250 families selected to homestead on the Cumberland Plateau. The Homestead Museum, located one mile from the park, depicts the Cumberland Homestead Community of the 1930's. This community built the park, with help from the Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration. The park offers fourteen miles of hiking trails, including an overnight hiking trail with a backcountry campsite. Visitors can enjoy the water through boat rentals and fishing. There is also a pool, tennis courts, and a golf course. Visitors can camp in tents or vehicles or stay in one of several rustic cabins located in the forest.

Map of Cumberland Mountain (TN)

Latitude, Longitude: 35.906167, -85.015062

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Activities

  • Boating

    Visitors can rent paddleboats, canoes, row boats, and fishing boats with electric trolling motor for use on Byrd Lake. The boat dock is open May through October. Visitors are not allowed to use private boats on the lake.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The roads through the park offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the park from the comfort of their vehicles.

  • Camping

    Cumberland Mountain Park has a combined total of 145 tent and RV campsites with hookups provided. Sites have picnic tables and grills, there is a bathhouse facility in the campground. Up to seven adults are allowed to camp at each site. Reservations are not taken for campsites.

    The park also had several rustic cabins, which are nestled in the woods and have fully equipped kitchens, cable TV, linens, picnic tables, and grills. Some cabins have fireplaces, and firewood is provided for those cabins from the beginning of October through the end of April. Parking is provided in the front of each cabin. The cabins can accommodate 4-16 people, depending on the size of the building. Cabins may be reserved up to two years in advance.

  • Fishing

    The park offers fishing on Byrd Lake and visitors can expect catches of catfish, bass, bluegill, and bream. Fishing from the bank is allowed except for at posted areas.

  • Golfing

    Situated in the heart of Tennessee's scenic Cumberland Plateau, the Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain has been consistently recognized as a top course in the southeastern United States. The Jack Nicklaus signature layout features a design that capitalizes on elevation changes, as well as natural features, such as flowing brooks and clustered, mature pines. The course also incorporates another of the region's natural resources, layered flagstone, on the approach to its signature holes.

  • Hiking

    The park offers fourteen miles of hiking trails for those who enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Trails that wind along the banks of Byrd Lake and lead visitors deep into the woods of the park, offering a variety of easy to moderate day or overnight hiking experiences. Trail maps are available at the park office. There are a total of four trails in the park. The Pioneer Trail is 5 miles long and leads hikers through the hemlock forests by Byrd Lake. The Cumberland Plateau Trail has interpretive stations along its length. The Byrd Creek Trail is 2.1 miles. It is an extension of the Cumberland Plateau Trail and loops around the banks of Byrd Creek. The Cumberland Overnight Trail is 6 miles long. It leads hikers through the hills by Three Mile Creek. There is a backcountry campsite halfway along the trail in a cedar flat.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables equipped with grills can be found throughout the park at the Recreation Lodge parking lot area, playground area, tennis court area, and the boat dock area. The park has four picnic pavilions that can be reserved for larger groups. Pavilions can be reserved up to one year in advance.

  • RVing

    RVs are welcome in the campground.

  • Tennis

    The park has four tennis courts.

  • Water Sports

    The park has a swimming pool, which is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, except during holiday weeks. Cabin and camping guests pay reduced price for admission to the pool. The pool is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round, although the pool is only open in the summer. The park provides scenic beauty throughout the year.

Directions

Driving

Take Interstate 40-East from Nashville, West from Knoxville. Take exit 317. Travel south on US Hwy 127 for 9 miles. The park entrance is on the right.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(931) 484-6138

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