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Cummins Falls State Park, Cookeville

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State Park
Cummins Falls State Park is a 211acre state park located northwest of Cookeville in Jackson County in the U.S. state of Tennessee. Its namesake, Cummins Falls, is a 75ft waterfall, which is located on the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River. The park was purchased and created by the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation in 2011.ActivitiesPicnicking, hiking and fishing may be done at the park.
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Reviews
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  • Don't make this hike on a hot day without your swimsuit, you would be missing out. The hike isn't too difficult, maybe 45 minutes max one way, over moderate terrain. Expect to have to wade some to get...  more »
  • After wandering around Cookeville for a while and getting less than helpful directions from clerks who do not speak native English, I finally found my way to hwy 290 and found a small sign for the fal...  more »
  • check it out, a must see, this is a very fun waterfall area, take your bathing suit, visit in the summer.  more »
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  • What a beautiful place. Absolutely gorgeous trails and scenery. Had some pretty steep parts and definitely need to be prepared to walk and climb a little bit (hills and lots of rocks). A couple things that I would suggest to anyone who has never been is to bring water shoes or hiking sandals because you will get wet. Also did not need to bring our towels with us to the waterfall and one phone to take pictures with would of sufficed. Ended up using the towels to sit with on the way home. Would definitely suggest just bringing a backpack and a waterproof container to put a couple necessities in. Again what a beautiful place! Had a fantastic time!
  • The best place to go swimming with the waterfall. A bit of a slippery hike through water but well worth it. The water seems to be pretty clean considering it's from natural resources. They tend to have enough life jackets for kids which is a huge plus. We love going with the family!
  • BEAUTIFUL! Had a blast with our family of 4. Remember to pack light, where appropriate foot wear (the falls and the hike down are pretty slick), make sure you pack water (especially in the summer, it gets very hot), and enjoy the beautiful scenery! It's quite a long hike to and from the falls, and the hours for summertime are from 9am-6pm. It also can get very busy on the weekends, but is still worth the trip!
  • Absolutely loved this place. Took our 3-year old and our two dogs. So beautiful, the water was the perfect temp even for late September. The park is so beautiful and we'll kept. The Rangers are extremely nice as well. One thing to note, make sure you wear shoes that will grip the gound, outside water and in water...no matter what, at some point you will have to walk through the water to get to the waterfalls but totally worth it. Wish I had a waterproof case to get closer to the Falls to take pics. There are some slippery areas on the Falls so take your time and watch your step. Also, make sure to remember that you have to start heading back up at 5PM from the Falls. The park closes at 6PM and the Rangers will come at 5 to help get everyone out. The Rangers we met were so nice and friendly and gave us some info on some other places to check out and some info on Cummins Falls as well. So awesome. Definitely going back. Steep inclines so try not to bring alot especially since the trails are narrow getting down and up. Also, saw some deer up close on the way out! :)
  • Had my first trip during Labor Day Weekend. Pretty crowded, but still found easy spots to put our stuff. Only one place to put up one hammock near the falls, so hammockers get it while you can! I was not prepared for the trip, I didn't bring water shoes and I wish I had! The falls and stream were really slippery, many just keep their tennis shoes on. Flip flops will do you no good, but we still had fun! Trail was pretty steep, but manageable, hope they put in more railings soon. I only give 4 stars because the bathrooms at the parking area were AWFUL! Dirty all over and trash cans were overflowing, and only 1 of 2 stalls were working. I suggest they expand and also make changing rooms, so those who need to go don't have to wait as long.