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Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg

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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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  • We hiked the trail to see waterfalls, ending at Emory Falls, so we only saw a small part of the park. Very beautiful, loved the trail, easy/gradual climb. Only issue was the gnats--stand still for a m...  more »
  • Wish we would have had more time! There are beautiful waterfalls here, nice trails, and friendly staff. It wasn't too crowded. Made me even think I might like to camp here. Can't wait to go back.  more »
  • We hiked the Panther Creek Trial to Debord Falls...We then continued on to Emery Gap Falls. The first part of the trip was a very easy walk to Debord Falls. There is an overlook and you can also take ...  more »
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  • This was a beautiful park. The camp site was well put together and the bathrooms were clean. Which my wife was appreciative of. We will be visiting this park again. Hiking trails for all skill levels. There is no electricity so the camping areas are pretty much tent only although there were some pop up tents.
  • great place to hike, and have fun with family. no heavy traffic during the beautiful autumn season is a plus
  • Liked the tower at the top. You'll see an outstanding view of Tennessee from there.
  • Wonderful state park. Great for a quick hike or a back woods backpacking experience.
  • Frozen head was serene and gorgeous. The trails are well kept and the info center was great.