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South Cumberland State Park, Monteagle

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
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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  • Gorgeous natural wonders! We visited Fiery Gizzard, Natural Bridge & Stone Door. Breathtaking views and waterfalls. The visitor center was super helpful (highway 41 near Tracy City). So much to see an...  read more »
  • On the Cumberland Plateau at 1900 feet and above, this area is cooler than the surround. A wonderful upland forest, with trails, many waterfalls, plunge pools, pioneer history -- truly a people's trea...  read more »
  • We did just a TINY portion of the Grundy Day Loop with our 2yo and 4yo and it was amazing. Had to carry the 2yo in a couple of places, but all of us enjoyed it so much. We'll come back when they're ol...  read more »
  • There actually is a car camping area in South Cumberland. Check out the web site to see your options.
  • Beautiful area loved the falls and the views
  • This is one of the best parks I have ever been to! But it is a back country park, I did not know that the first summer I went there. It has 90+ miles of trails, including the Fiery Gizzard which Backpacker magazine features regularly. The waterfalls and stunning overlooks are the prettiest around! But so you guys don't make the same mistake I did, Remember, THIS IS A BACK COUNTRY PARK. There are no park hotels or car camping available. The only overnight facilities available are walk in campsites, some are only a couple hundred feet from the parking lot, others are like 15 miles away! The rangers are all also very friendly and offer regular nature programs for free! I went on a geology hike with one of the rangers and passed another ranger who was giving a rock climbing class! I I cannt wait to go back and I hope you get the chance to have fun too!
  • Doesn't get much better than this. The welcome center is actually located down the road from the Grundy park, so it can be a little confusing. The visitor center has the tennis courts, picnic area and the meadow trail, which they are working on right now. The helpful lady informed us that the meadow trail is ideal for spring hikes, as they have a ton of flowers mostly there. The welcome center is really nice and loaded with information, videos, maps, and three nice ladies who will show you where every trail is at.
  • Kids love it here.
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