Cumberland Mountain State Park
1125 Office Drive, Crossville, TN 38555, USA
Lovely state park on the Cumberland Plateau
Explore this Beautiful State Park and the Surrounding Area in All Seasons!
Cumberland Mountain State Park is right by Crossville, in between Nashville and Knoxville. If you live in Nashville, it makes for a great weekend getaway with only a 2-hour drive (even closer drive for Knoxville). It’s set up really well, with tons of options for accommodations, including camping (145 sites with water and electrical hookups) and 37 cabins. There are also meeting rooms, a recreation lodge, and the Homestead Harvest Restaurant (under renovation at the time of writing). We also found a nice, small playground near the cabins that was great for kids.
The whole park is ~1550 acres and is set on the Cumberland Plateau with tons of natural wonders, including hikes and waterfalls – we recommend the “Byrd Lake and Pioneer Nature Loop” to get a great feel of the lake, the old mill, and the surrounding forest.
One of the best things about the park is getting outside of it to the surrounding area - some of our favorite hikes are:
If you are staying in a cabin, they are fully outfitted with linens, cable TV and firewood in the winter. Some are even pet-friendly. The park does a good job of loading pictures, so you can have a sense of what you are renting. We wish we had known to bring dish soap and shampoo/body wash, but other than that – the stay was rustic but comfortable and economical.
We stayed in the winter, but in the summer there are tons of activities – a swimming pool, boating (the park rents fishing boats, rowboats, paddleboards, paddleboats, kayaks, and canoes), and fishing. And the Bear Trace Golf Course is well known by golfers and is located close to the park.