South Cumberland State Park is composed of more than 24,550 acres in nine separate areas, five of which are Tennessee State Natural Areas. The park is also located within four different Tennessee counties: Grundy, Franklin, Marion and Sequatchie. The visitor’s center has interpretative exhibits and provides information on each component of the South Cumberland Complex. The Stone Door and Savage Gulf Complex contain remarkable vistas, waterfalls and more than 90 miles of hiking and backpacking trails and forests.
The Fiery Gizzard Trail connects Grundy Forest and Foster Falls. Hikers may observe nature, swim in Fiery Gizzard Creek and enjoy one of the nation’s most outstanding trails. The 12.5 mile trail is considered one of the top 25 hiking trails in the United States. Hikes can view spectacular rock formations, cascading streams, waterfalls, rocky gorges, panoramic overlooks and lush woodlands.
Carter Natural Area is part of a unique 18,000-acre enclosed-valley sinkhole aptly named Lost Cove. Dense forests, clear streams and an impressive cave entrance are a few of the features found here. Sewanee Natural Bridge is a remarkable sandstone arch that overlooks Lost Cove. Grundy Lakes, a day-use area near Tracy City, provides swimming, picnicking, fishing, hiking and a view of 19th century coke ovens.
South Cumberland State Park has two picnic pavilions for larger parties that can be reserved in advance. There are also eight other small picnic areas with grill located throughout the park.
There are 110 backcountry campsites throughout the park. Fire rings and outhouses are located at each of the 14 fourteen designated camping areas. A permit is required for backcountry camping.