Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg

#56 of 104 in Nature in Tennessee
Frozen Head State Park and Natural Area is a state park in Morgan County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. The park, situated in the Crab Orchard Mountains between the city of Wartburg and the community of Petros, contains some of the highest mountains in Tennessee west of the Blue Ridge.Frozen Head State Park consists of approximately 24000acre, all but 330acre of which is classified as a state natural area. The terrain varies between 1300ft to over 3000ft. with 14 peaks at or over 3000ft. Frozen Head, the park's namesake, is the highest peak at 3324ft. The mountain's name comes from its snow-capped appearance in colder months. The park's highest elevations allow for unobstructed views of East Tennessee's three main physiographic features: the Cumberland Plateau, the Tennessee Valley, and across the valley, the Great Smoky Mountains.GeographyThe Crab Orchard Mountains rise along the Cumberland Plateau just west of the plateau's Walden Ridge escarpment, north of the Sequatchie Valley, and comprise the southern extreme of the greater Cumberland Mountain range. The mountains are generally composed of Paleozoic sandstones and shales of the Pennsylvanian period, formed roughly 300 million years ago. Although the rocks are much younger than the Precambrian igneous rocks of the Appalachian Mountains to the east, the two mountain systems were both formed during the Appalachian orogeny, when the North American and African plates collided.
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  • It's s good place to hike or have a family reunion or picnic. It's quite and well kept. They have shelters for large groups. Nice place.  more »
  • Who knew you don't have to drive to the Smokies for a nice hiking and camping experience. Frozen Head is less than 30 min from Oak Ridge and less than an hour from downtown Knoxville. We camped in the...  more »
  • This is a nice park to visit for day hikes, camping, back country camping or family gatherings. We have visited this park for day activities and picnics for years and we finally went camping this summ...  more »
  • Great hiking trails. Waterfalls big and small. Lots of picnic tables. Great way to spend a Sunday.
  • Fabulous place for a day hike or overnight camping. Some of my favorite trails in Tennessee! Often tough climbs, but worth the views. Great place for birders, families, and trail runners.
  • Beautiful grounds, well maintained but lack of bathroom supplies. Nice playground for little kids and easy river access. Plenty of picnic tables with grills.
  • This trip to Frozen Head was just for a morning hike to Emory Gap Falls. It was a Sunday morning around 10am when we arrived at the Panther Branch Trail head parking lot and there were only a few other cars (there are probably 30 or 40 parking spaces). There are 2 waterfalls on this hike, DeBord Falls is about .5 miles up the trail and is a very gradual climb that most anyone (young and old) can do. Dogs seem to be allowed as almost all the families we saw along the trail had one. Emory Gap Falls is another 3/4 of a mile up the trail and it's a bit more steep and rocky to get to but shouldn't be a problem for most folks. Be sure to put on some bug spray as the gnats are somewhat annoying for the first half of the hike but then thin out after DeBord Falls. Overall a highly recommended hike that took us about 2 hours to complete.
  • This is a beautiful park. We did hiked to the falls and did the walking trail along the river. The trails were well-maintained and well-marked. The ranger at the visitor's center was very helpful when we asked him what trails he recommended. The bathrooms were clean and very nice.

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