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South Cumberland State Park, Monteagle

#130 of 209 in Parks in Tennessee
Nature / Park
South Cumberland State Park encompasses around 25,000 acres on the southern end of the Cumberland Plateau and is riddled with caves delveing deep into the earth, cut by majestic waterfalls both small and large, veiwed from the towering edge of beautiful sandstone cliffs and overlooks, and is one of the largest wilderness state parks in Tennessee.

A visit to South Cumberland begins at the visitor's center where friendly and smiling staff greet newcomers and vetrans alike and offer information as to the best hiking trails, swimming holes, and serene landscapes. Once the maps have been gathered and the water bottles filled the journey begins to truly see the wonders SCSP has to offer.

So make South Cumberland a day, weekend, or week long vacation destination and enjoy the world class hiking, cooling waterfalls, peaceful lakes, and spectacular rock climbing.


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55 reviews
  • Stopped in here for a quick hike. We were here in August and the waterfalls were bone dry so we decided to give it another shot, so glad we did. The waterfalls were booming!!! The scenery is amazing, ...  more »
  • I have been to Savage Gulf, Foster Falls and Fiery Gizzard on multiple occasions. But finally got off the ledge in Savage Gulf and took the plunge into the gulf and back out Stone Door. I had the plea...  more »
  • Beautiful part of southeast Tennessee. Adventures in exploring the wilderness by foot, horse, or bike!  more »
  • The rangers at this visitor center are super helpful. They seem very willing to help everyone determine which trails are best based on their goals for the day.
  • The visitor center is close to interstate exit, good place to stop when traveling for a hike, beautiful park
  • Spacious campsites, clearly marked trails, beautiful scenery, and a friendly staff - will definitely be returning.
  • Love exploring on foot in this beautiful part of Tennessee! Only about an hour drive from Nashville. Great community, well maintained, knowledgeable staff & excellent customer service. Have always felt safe as a solo hiker or picnicking with my kids
  • Reached this spot before moving to the hike. The ranger was very informative and provided more details for us to plan the day...

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