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South Cumberland State Park, Monteagle

(4.6/5 based on 50+ 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.

MAPS:

Fiery Gizzard:

http://www.friendsofscsra.org/fiery-gizzard-trail-map.pdf

Savage Gulf:

http://www.friendsofscsra.org/savage-gulf-trail-map.pdf
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TripAdvisor
  • We have hiked this trail 3 or 4 times now. Love it. Start by hiking down some narrow rocks - requires concentration and some experience. But when you get to the bottom, the waterfall is magnificent. (...  more »
  • Me and some friends started from Fiery Gizzard Rd near the elementary school and we hiked 1.5 miles along a beautiful creek before we arrived at the rocky area which was a 3 mile hike to the intersect...  more »
  • We enjoyed meeting the ranger at the welcome center on highway 41. He gave us a great tour on the 3-d map of the entire park and then recommended a 2 mile hike based on our request to see waterfalls. ...  more »
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  • I absolutely loved it here. You can go camping and hiking on the trails. The views are absolutely beautiful. Some people go rock climbing as well.
  • I went here about a year ago and enjoyed it. Plenty of trail to hike and explore, with lots to see. There are a lot of waterfalls in this area of Tennessee.
  • Wonderful usage of older building, music, art and great place!
  • 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.
  • Beautiful area loved the falls and the views