Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg

4.8
#59 of 119 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 »
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  • Conflicted on writing a review because I want this to remain a hidden gem! Like the Smokies, but less crowded! We've hiked here a few times, a couple on the weekends and you do see people on the paths but it's nothing like other hikes that are more traveled such as Cade's Cove or anything in Smokies. There are trails for every age/fitness level, make sure you research them first though! Waterfalls and streams are beautiful (personally favorite thing about the park!)
  • Awesome State park! Park includes many challenging hiking trails, water falls, fishing, camping, and general enjoyment of the outdoors. I saw play areas for the kids as well. One highlight, after a few mile hike there is a fire tower to climb and enjoy the wonderful views!
  • This is a very beautiful Tennessee State Park, possibly one of the most beautiful in the entire state. Waterfalls are absolutely beautiful, especially after rains. The hiking trails and views are spectacular. The trail lengths do range in distance and difficulty level, but you must be back to your vehicle one hour prior to sunset, so be sure to get an early start. Park can be crowded during warmer and peak leaf season.
  • I did some backcountry camping and had a great time. I stayed at Coffin Springs, which had a great view and stream nearby for a water source. There was some extreme wind and rain which resulted in a wet hammock and being hit by two branches throughout the night, so take strong precautions in picking a spot for your tent or hammock.
  • just a quick drive through. it's beautiful, clean and peaceful. coming back in the summer to grill and spend the day.
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