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 »
  • This is my favorite place to camp and hike in all of Tennessee. We drive from the Nashville area to go here. The trails are well maintained as are the back county campsites. There is a great hike for just about anyone with much nature to see. There are several waterfalls and scenic views, as well. This places is a hidden gem away from the crowd of the GSMNP.
  • Love this place. sites are private. We stayed in the group site (18 i think) with my 35' fifth wheel. It's tight to get around in there with big trailer, but worth it. no power, water or dump station, but keeps the big boys away. Only a couple sites will fit a bigger camper, it's mostly a place set up for tents. I've camped for 30+ years, been all over the US and this place is waaay up on my list of beautiful places.
  • It's near the house, but there is no cell signal, so great place to take the kids. We had over a dozen girls from our troop. Bath houses good, but this isn't glamping. Don't bother with a straightening iron.
  • It is a relatively easy hike, my 5yr old does with ease. We love both Emory and Debord Falls.
  • I grew up around here and have always adored frozen head. The park. The volleyball court. The trails. The creek. The butterflies during monarch season..... 😊

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