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Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg

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Frozen Head State Park and Natural Area is situated in the beautiful Cumberland Mountains of eastern Tennessee. The 24,000 acres of relatively undisturbed forest contain some of the richest wildflowers areas in Tennessee. The mountainous terrain varies from an elevation of 1,340 feet to over 3,000 feet on 16 different mountain peaks. Frozen Head, elevation of 3,324, is one of the highest peaks in Tennessee west of the Great Smoky Mountains. From its observation tower on a clear day, one can plainly see the Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee Ridge and Valley, and the Great Smoky Mountains. In winter, the mountain peaks are often capped with snow or ice while the lower valleys remain unadorned, thus giving the park's namesake, Frozen Head. The park's lush vegetation, small streams, waterfalls and beautiful mountains make Frozen Head one of Tennessee's most scenic parks.
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  • Stayed at Big Cove campground. Beautiful, quiet. Primitive (no hookiups) but good facilities. Mainly tents (only 20 sites) but our 21 ft trailer fit fine. We ran generator (super quiet Honda 3000is... 
    Stayed at Big Cove campground. Beautiful, quiet. Primitive (no hookiups) but good facilities. Mainly tents (only 20 sites) but our 21 ft trailer fit fine. We ran generator (super quiet Honda 3000is...  more »
  • We live nearby so are biased but we love this park for hiking, camping, church dinners on the ground, splashing in the creek with children, and just enjoying the spectacular natural scenery of TN in.....  more
    We live nearby so are biased but we love this park for hiking, camping, church dinners on the ground, splashing in the creek with children, and just enjoying the spectacular natural scenery of TN in.....  more »
  • What a nice park well maintained and darling to walk around last fall. Everyone was so nice and friendly. People had their children and pets out in the fresh mountain air. 
    What a nice park well maintained and darling to walk around last fall. Everyone was so nice and friendly. People had their children and pets out in the fresh mountain air.  more »
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  • Big Cove campground and Flat Fork campground were great. Great to camp in the winter too. Very crowded in the summer. We hiked to the Lookout Tower on the South Old Mac trail. Good trail but a bit rough going up. Would recommend bringing at least a liter of water when going up. Going down was easy.
  • The bathrooms are by far one of the best features of this state park—they are clean and well-maintained. The shower’s had a great water pressure, great hot water and there were no bugs! (though this could be because we were there in March…) The campsite was amazing. It is also, well maintained, clean and level! A car camper’s dream. There is potable water near to the sites and there are poles to hang lanterns, and many trees that look beautiful. It’s a rather small campground, it offered multiple trails to explore. There are bear proof recycle and trash receptacles as well. It was a lovely stay.
  • Did a hike up the Chimney Top trail starting at the ranger station. Spent one night at the beautiful Mart Fields Campsite. The trail is labeled difficult, which is very accurate, but a beautiful hike nonetheless. There was a rattlesnake on the trail between the chimneys, keep a sharp eye. Campsite was clean and quiet. There is a spring nearby, but it is seasonal and didn't yield much water this trip. Day 2 hiked down the Spicewood Trail, very shaded in the morning. I checked in with the rangers prior to heading out, got some good information about the trails and the status of water sources. Frozen Head is a hidden East Tennessee gem.
  • A beautiful well kept park certainly worth the drive with waterfalls, hiking trails. Picnic tables clean restrooms camping area for whatever your taste. Marked trails even for beginners beautiful area in Morgan County. A few miles pass the new Morgan County Correctional Facility. A visitors area where you can get maps and gifts playgrounds for children. A very helpful and polite Rangers throughout the park..
  • I camped in the back country for 3 nights and hiked many of the trails. The trails were really well maintained and clearly marked. The park wasn't crowded at all I only saw 3 people total throughout the whole time I was there. I'll definitely camp here again.

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