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South Cumberland Recreation Area

11745 US 41, Monteagle, TN 37356
+1 931-924-2980
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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... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2016
Lee D
Culleoka, Tennessee
Fun with Kids

We did just a TINY portion of the Grundy Day Loop with our 2yo and 4yo and it was amazing. Had to... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2016
Nashville, Tennessee
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Miles of trails and scenic areas.
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11745 US 41, Monteagle, TN 37356
+1 931-924-2980
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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...More

1  Thank Lee D
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...More

Thank kcela
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
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...More

7  Thank cedarjules
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....More

1  Thank K G
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...More

1  Thank Thilina F
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
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...More

1  Thank Jeremy W
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
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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Lisa-Ron S
How are the falls comming up today 4-1-17
2 April 2017|
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Response from shields1954 | Reviewed this property |
Haven't been up in a while. Hopefully you had a beautiful day with lots of water.
Patrick K
I intend to do a backpacking trip here as it has been an area on my list for years. Wondering how that would go with weather for the area in Mid-March? I am from Wisconsin so cold isn't an issue, I am worried about snow or rain that month causing problems. I have gear for it, but the people tagging along have only done a few trips and nothing in snow.
11 January 2017|
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Response from shields1954 | Reviewed this property |
We were there last year in mid-March. At that time, the highs were in the upper 40's low 50's. Nights in the upper 30's. We started the day with toboggans, gloves, layers, etc then stripped as the hikes went on. Of course... More