South Cumberland State Park, Monteagle

#63 of 137 in Nature in Tennessee
State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
South Cumberland State Park is a state park in the middle and southeast portions of Tennessee on the Cumberland Plateau.

The park is one of Tennessee's newer state parks, established in 1978. It is a collection of nine discrete tracts scattered across Franklin, Marion, Grundy and Sequatchie counties, totaling approximately 30,899 acres (as of 2020). Twelve trailheads provide hiking access to most sections of the park, which protects a series of unique ecosystems on the escarpments and in the ravines of the Southern Cumberland Plateau. There are over a dozen large waterfalls in the park, the tallest of which is Foster Falls, in Marion County.
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  • The park is kinda broken up into sections and you have to drive around to the different areas to see them. Get a trail map and use Google maps and figure out your destinations ahead of time. If...  more »
  • Great hiking in Tennessee! Foster Falls was a short hike, beautiful waterfall with large pool, and a lot of people. Buggy Top Cave hike was longer, but we only saw 1 other couple. Beautiful hike and....  more »
  • This is a wonderful state park if you like to hike and see the wonders of nature. Don't miss the water falls and the Sawnee Natural bridge. Staff was all very friendly as well. My wife enjoyed several days exploring this park. Be aware that it is not all together. It is really a collection of smaller parks within driving distance of each other. The visitor's center has a map to get you to each location.
  • The visitors center is really nice. I enjoyed getting to use the microscope and checking out the small stations set up. We purchased a few items from the gift shop. Well kept, courteous and helpful. Can't wait to bring my kids to check it out
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