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South Cumberland Recreation Area

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Address: 11745 US 41, Monteagle, TN 37356
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+1 931-924-2980

Miles of trails and scenic areas.

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Hikes for every ability

On the Cumberland Plateau at 1900 feet and above, this area is cooler than the surround. A wonderful upland forest, with trails, many waterfalls, plunge pools, pioneer history... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2016
Lee D
Culleoka, Tennessee
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Culleoka, Tennessee
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

On the Cumberland Plateau at 1900 feet and above, this area is cooler than the surround. A wonderful upland forest, with trails, many waterfalls, plunge pools, pioneer history -- truly a people's treasure. Three areas: Savage Gulf, Stone Door, and a third with the 14 mile Fiery Gizzard Trail.

1 Thank Lee D
Nashville, Tennessee
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

We did just a TINY portion of the Grundy Day Loop with our 2yo and 4yo and it was amazing. Had to carry the 2yo in a couple of places, but all of us enjoyed it so much. We'll come back when they're older, but even this little bit (to Blue Hole Falls) was incredibly beautiful and serene.

Thank kcela
Gray, Georgia
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

really enjoyed riding through some of the park. Grundy lakes is beautiful. Foster waterfall is worth seeing. Enjoyed just being outdoors in such a lovely place.

Thank pc0mer
Atlanta, Georgia
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14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2016

Foster Falls Campground: This campground felt deserted in the middle of the week during the summer. Only 2-3 sites were being used. As two females camping with two little kids, it (almost) felt borderline unsafe just because there wasn't any other families around. It is a nice campground with lots of trees. We stayed in Site 22, which was large... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2016

DO THIS! We hiked out to the Sycamore Falls on the Fiery Gizzard. Round trip took about 2 hours? But we were hustling because it was getting late and I wasn't sure how long it would take us. And "hustling" on this terrain ain't easy. It seemed like practically no incline but it's SO rocky and full of roots, you... More 

1 Thank K G
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2016

It's a really beautiful park. We started from Stone door ranger station. Laurel fall loop is 1 mile walk from the parking lot and an easy trail. The trail to stone door is 0.9 mile long hike. You can see the beautiful Laurel gulf overlook on the way to the stone door and the rod is a paved one up... More 

1 Thank Thilina F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Seriously, doesn't get any better or more all inclusive than the South Cumberland. It's got trails, short and long. Waterfalls. It caters to people of all ages, abilities, and interests. From a leisure short stroll to rock climbing.

1 Thank JennyK793
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15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2016

I can't really say enough about this park. There are numerous waterfalls, trails, mountains, and just breathtaking scenery that it would take me too long to write it all. We stayed at the Foster Falls Campground for the week. We visited; Sewanee Natural Bridge Buggytop Cave/trail Also called Lost Cove Cave Grundy Day Loop and extended it a bit down... More 

1 Thank Jeremy W
Carol Stream, Illinois
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152 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2016

Cumberland state parks is a comprised of multiple sites spread out over several miles. Check out the waterfalls and the Natural Bridge.

1 Thank Frank_and_Valerie
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55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2016

The Sewanee domain offers so much and exploring this area during the summer is an absolute must. Locals can tell you about hidden waterfalls and pools for a nice dip after a hike!

Thank Allegra C

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