Cummins Falls State Park, Cookeville

4.5
#1 of 10 in Things to do in Cookeville
SUMMER TIME HOURS (begins Spring Daylight Savings Time)

Park Hours are 8:00am - 6:00pm

Swimming Hole closes at 5:00pm

WINTER TIME HOURS (begins Autumn Daylight Savings Time)

Park Hours are 8:00am - 4:30pm
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Cummins Falls State Park Reviews
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  • Super nice walk on this super cold day!!! We only walked to the top of the falls, the next two towards the bottom closed due to all this rain, and too cold to swim anyway lol bundled up Luke...  more »
  • They were doing construction at the end of the park road. You could hike to the falls, but it was too damp today for us to do it. They did have a camp ground and a store for water shoes, etc.  more »
  • Hiked trails from state camp ground to Cumberland Falls.didnt know what to expect.what beautiful area Falls are spectacular..We even got to see double rainbow.. Make sure you walk all the way down to....  more »
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  • I absolutely love this place. Absolutely beautiful. One of my favorite hikes and swimming holes. I would recommend this to anyone with an adventurous spirit. Br prepared for a trek, but so worth it. "NO FLIP-FLOPS" Wear old sneakers that you don't mind getting drenched. Bring water (the hike back up without it is ruff). Pack light and in waterproof bags (keys and phones can get swept away if not secure). You are in for an awesome experience. So much fun to be had here. Come early to beat the crowd and watch for slippery loose rocks. Now with that being said. ****DO NOT BRING YOUNG CHILDREN!!!!!**** This place is even dangerous for some ill prepared adults. This is not a place for children under 12 honestly. I am so disturbed by the amount of small children, even babies brought here. I think the park rangers need to refuse access to anyone with a small child. Life jacket or not the terrain is rugged and depending on the flow at time very hard to wade through on the slippery sharp rocks. Children have died here and if you have any common sense you will not put your child in this kind of danger. Please listen to my warnings and.... **** DO NOT BRING YOUR LITTLE ONES! ****
  • A beautiful hike up a river bed to a spectacular waterfall and swimming hole. It is busy on a warm weekend. If you are not a strong swimmer make sure you grab one of the provided life jackets at the trail head. And even if you don't plan on swimming, know you will get wet, so dress appropriately. We took our kids and they loved it. We were there for 5+ hours playing in the river, looking at rocks, finding geodes and fossils, and watching little fish. We have plans to make this a regular day trip. Take water and a lunch, and something to keep your phone dry in.
  • Loved it! The hike down and through the gorge was beautiful if strenuous. However, a bunch of kids and way out of shape adults could do it so anyone can. BUT! No one can stress enough the fact that you have to use common sense and plan before you go. Make sure its not raining really bad upstream. Three days after we went, a flash flood came through and a little boy died. Don't bring your little ones; even our group's little four year old was almost too little. There is quiet a lot of walking through running water and on slippery rocks. Its a wonderful, unique experience though! I definitely recommend climbing up behind the waterfalls and sitting up in behind them. Its a great place for a picnic!
  • Take the shortcut way down to the gorge. It is much quicker. Once you get down to the bottom, be prepared to walk across all rocks and cross the flowing river a few times in order to get to the gorge. Bring water shoes!! Once there, it is beautiful! People were swimming in the water.
  • Fall is beautiful to look at from observation spot. The poor rating is because that is all that you can do here. I feel the state has not taken appropriate action by closing all access to any part of the water. There are other ways to protect people until new safety systems are installed besides just shutting it down. We stopped at store just outside of entrance and they make a great sandwich.
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