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Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web
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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  • Beautiful mountains, waterfalls, trails, spring flowers, fall colors, serenity. Best kept secret in the valley. Fall colors are the same as smokys but without traffic and commercial strip nightmares o...  read more »
  • We go to Frozen Head a lot throughout the year. There is so much to do there. We hike, ride our bikes and play on the playground. There is also places to camp and shelters that you can rent out for sp...  read more »
  • Absolutely one of the best hiking parks in TN. If you want away from the hustle and bustle of life, this is the place for you. I love the waterfalls and the mountains. 
  • One of my favorite hikes and runs. Start at Old Mac Trailhead - go up Flat Fork Fork Road - take Panther Branch Trail up to where it intersects with N. Old Mac - and then down to the trailhead where you started. Total = 6.06 miles.
  • One of Eastern Tennessee's hidden gems. Great for escaping the crowd/tourism at the Smoky Mountains. Countless miles of trails to hike on and spend the day in the mountains. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Take the 6 mile (round-trip) hike up the South Old Mac trail to the Frozen Head observation tower, you will NOT be disappointed by the view. Well-worth the grueling uphill battle.
  • Nice place alot of lightning bugs which was nice to see.. nice little camp whole along the trail.
  • Great backpacking trail and campsites. Felt very secluded and not as busy as trails and sites in the smokies. The hike can be difficult but it's worth it once you get to the primitive campsites. Sunsets at the firetower were amazing.
  • Nice ride if you like curvy roads that we have here in east Tennessee. Much like the infamous trail of the dragon. Park itself is pristine and unspoiled.
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