Standing Stone State Park

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Standing Stone State Park

Tennessee

(931) 823-6347

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Overview

Standing Stone State Park covers nearly 11,000 acres on the Cumberland Plateau of north-central Tennessee. The quaint and rustic park is noted for its outstanding scenery, spring wildflowers, fossils, and other natural diversity. The park is noted for its opportunities for boating, fishing, and hiking.

The park is located in Overton County within a triangle formed by highways connecting Livingston, Gainesboro, and Celina, Tennessee. In the 1930s, Standing Stone was an area plagued with soil erosion and sub-marginal lands. With the assistance of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Work Projects Administration, the Resettlement Administration, and the U.S. Forest Service, the area was made productive again. The project was threefold: to relocate the area's farmers to better land, to stop soil erosion and reforest the area, and to develop opportunities for open space and outdoor recreation.

The park takes its name from the Standing Stone, an eight-foot tall rock standing upright on a sandstone ledge, which was supposedly used as a boundary line between two separate American Indian nations. When the rock fell, the American Indians placed a portion of it upon an improvised monument to preserve it. The stone is still preserved in Monterey, Tennessee.

Map of Standing Stone (TN)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.455817, -85.423477

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Activities

  • Boating

    Aluminum fishing boats with paddles may be rented at the park office year-round. Patrons may bring their own electric trolling motor and battery for the boats. Boating on Standing Stone Lake is permitted during daylight hours only. The only private boats allowed on Standing Stone Lake are canoes and kayaks.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Tour buses are welcome. However, there is a one-lane bridge that will not accommodate vehicles over 30 feet. Buses can access day use areas, cabins and camping but will not be able to cross the narrow bridge to access the backside of the lake and the Overton Lodge group camp.

  • Camping

    Standing Stone State Park's campground offers 36 tent and trailer sites, each equipped with a picnic table, charcoal grill, water hookups, and 20, 30, 50 amperage electrical hookups. RVs are limited to 45 feet. The campground is served with two central bathhouses and a dump station. Although the campground is open year round, only one bathhouse serves the campground during the winter season.

    Sites are available only on a first come, first-served basis, and the maximum stay limit is two weeks. The campground is accessible.

    Backcountry camping is not allowed in park.

  • Fishing

    Visitors enjoy fishing on the lovely, 69-acre Standing Stone Lake year-round. Wildlife is abundant with common sightings of beavers, deer, ducks, frogs, and turtles.

    Visitors may fish from the bank of Standing Stone Lake and enjoy catching a variety of fish such as large-mouth bass, blue gill, crappie, lake trout, and catfish.

    A valid Tennessee fishing license is required.

  • Hiking

    Standing Stone State Park offers over 8 miles of day-use hiking trails, providing access to some of the park's loveliest areas. Trails range from easy to strenuous and pass into old-growth woods, through vivid wildflower fields and over-flowing streams, and around beautiful Standing Stone Lake.

    The trails are open daily from 8 a.m. until one hour before sunset and are open year-round. Overnight camping and pack animals are not allowed on the trails.

  • Picnicking

    Standing Stone State Park has 17 open picnic sites with tables and charcoal grills provided. These picnic sites are available on a first come, first-served basis.

    There are 8 picnic pavilions that accommodate 30-75 people each. The pavilions are sheltered and have concrete floors and charcoal grills. Five pavilions require reservations and three are available on a first come, first-served basis. Reservations can be made up to two years in advance.

    Most picnic areas are near water, restrooms, and playgrounds.

  • RVing

    RVs are limited to 45 feet but are welcome in the campground.

  • Tennis

    The park has tennis courts.

  • Water Sports

    Standing Stone State Park has an Olympic-size pool with one low dive and a kiddie pool.

    The pool opens Memorial Day and closes no later than Labor Day. The pool is accessible. Separate bathhouses for men and women are located adjacent to pool area with showers and changing rooms. The pool is located within walking distance of the cabins and camping via a paved foot trail.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round, as is the campground.

Directions

Driving

Take exit 288 off I-40, (Livingston/Sparta exit) Hwy. 111 N to Livingston. Hwy 52 West to the entrance of the park. Hwy. 136 is the main park road.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(931) 823-6347

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