Cumberland Mountain State Park - Tennessee

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Cumberland Mountain State Park is situated on the Cumberland Plateau, a segment of the great upland, which extends from western New York to central Alabama. It is said to be the largest timbered plateau in America. This 1,720-acre park was acquired in 1938 as a project of the Farm Security Administration to provide a recreational area for some 250 families selected to homestead on the Cumberland Plateau.

The Homestead Museum, located one mile from the park, depicts the Cumberland Homestead Community of the 1930's. This community built the park along with help from the CCC and WPA.


The park offers for rent paddleboats, canoes, row boats, and fishing boats with electric trolling motor for use on Byrd Lake. The boat dock is open May-October. Personal kayaks and canoes are allowed for use on Byrd Lake.


Cumberland Mountain park has a combined total of 145 tent and RV campsites with hookups provided. Picnic tables, grills and bathhouse facilities are also provided. There is a $3 shower fee for non-campers. Seven adults are allowed to camp at each site.

Additionally, there is a place designated on the overnight trail for backcountry camping.


Interpretive programs are held from June-August by the seasonal naturalist and seasonal recreation directors. The programs cover a broad spectrum of interests. Groups with specific interests can call the park to arrange special programs. Park rangers are available for programs on a year round basis.


The park offers fishing on Byrd Lake and visitors can expect catches of rainbow trout, catfish, bass, bluegill and bream. Fishing from the bank is allowed except for posted areas.


Situated in the heart of Tennessee's scenic Cumberland Plateau, The Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain has been consistently recognized as a top course in the southeastern United States. The Jack Nicklaus signature layout features a design that capitalizes on elevation changes, as well as natural features, such as flowing brooks and clustered, mature pines. The course also incorporates another of the region's natural resources, layered flagstone, on the approach to its signature holes.

Hiking Trails

The park offers several miles of moderate trails around the lake, creek and in the woods. Overnight camping is allowed only on the “Overnight” Trail. Trails are open year-round.

Meeting Facility

Meeting rooms are located in the Recreation Hall and in the downstairs area of the restaurant. The Rec Hall can accommodate up to 250 people. There are three meeting rooms in the restaurant area that can accommodate from 50-150 people depending on setup.

Equipment available: Overhead projector - Microphones - Flip charts - Screen - Podium - LCD projector - Internet connection (only available at the restaurant)

Picnic Facilities

Picnic tables equipped with grills can be found throughout the park at the Recreation Lodge parking lot area, playground area, tennis court area and the boat dock area.

The park has four picnic pavilions that can be reserved for larger groups. Pavilions can be reserved up to one year in advance.

Other Activities

Activities featured at the park include: basketball, board games, horseshoes, playground, softball, tennis courts (4), and volleyball.


The pool is closed on Monday, except Holiday weeks. Please call the park for those schedules. Cabin and camping guests will pay half price for admission to the pool. Operating schedule is Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. After school starts back until Labor Day weekend, the pool is closed in the middle of the week.


Cumberland Mountain State Park, 24 Office Dr., Crossville , TN 38555

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