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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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  • As a local, my family loves this park. It is beautiful and peaceful. The park rangers are friendly and do a great job maintaining the park. You can easily spend an entire day here. Kids especially lov...  more »
  • First time visiting this park and it was very beautiful. The rangers and staff were exceptional. Very friendly and helpful. We camped in back country camp ground off Judge Branch Camp ground. It was b...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • 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 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.
  • Awesome State park! It is small but it has a lot of amazing places that are short distances to get to. Amazing views!
  • Great place to camp. The camp sites are not stacked on top of one another and the bath house is always clean.