Tennessee State Parks

Cumberland Mountain State Park

Activities

Swimming

The Cumberland Mountain Pool is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5:45 p.m. Admission is $4 per person for ages two and older, and $2 each for cabin and camping guests. The Olympic-sized pool has a one-meter and a three-meter diving board. The shallow end is three feet deep and the deep end is 13 feet deep. The pool also features a swim lane for swimming laps. A wading pool is available for children. The pool bathhouse has changing rooms, shower areas and bathroom facilities. The park operates a snack bar at the pool offering snacks and drinks including hot dogs, chili dogs, nachos and cheese, ice cream and fountain drinks.

Birding

Herons, Belted Kingfishers, and ducks in migration or wintering can be seen from the lakeshore.

Fishing

Bass, Bluegill and catfish can be caught year round from the park’s 35 acre Byrd Lake. Trout are stocked during the winter and bank fishing is allowed except for posted areas. Black Bass must be a minimum of 15 inches. Bait is sold at the park. Tackle and fishing licenses are available off site. For anglers who want a bite, the park restaurant is open year round and snacks are available at the camp store.

Golfing

Situated in the heart of Tennessee’s scenic Cumberland Plateau, The Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain was named “Top Ten Courses in Tennessee” by Golf Digest in 2001. Cumberland Mountain was also named “1998’s Best New Golf Course in Tennessee,” by local and regional golfers that was followed in 1999 by Golf Magazine’s “One of the Top Ten You Can Play” in North America.

Today, The Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain is one of the most sought-after sites among the Jack Nicklaus designed Bear Trace courses in Tennessee. The 6,900-yard (gold tees), par 72 layout features a design that capitalizes on elevation changes as well as natural features, such as flowing brooks and clustered, mature pines. The signature 7th hole, a 393-yard, par 4, incorporates another of the region’s natural resources, layered flagstone, along the front of the green.

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Hiking

Cumberland Plateau Nature Trail — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy/Moderate
Byrd Creek Trail — 2.1 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy/Moderate
Overnight Trail — 6.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate/Difficult
Pioneer Short Loop — 2.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Pioneer Loop — 3.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Lake Trail — 0.7 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy