South Cumberland State Park

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Attention:South Cumberland State Park was recently the recipient of a Recreational Trails Program grant for the Foster Falls Trailhead Renovation and Fiery Gizzard Trail Maintenance projects. On September 26, 2016, construction will begin at the Foster Falls trailhead and will continue until further notice. Construction should not interfere with activities at this time; however it could cause minor disruptions in the parking area. We appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation during this time, and we apologize for the temporary inconvenience.

Hiking

From peaceful walks through a meadow full of wildflowers to a trip back in time to a coal mining area to breath-taking overlooks of the Cumberland Plateau, South Cumberland is a wondrous hiking destination featuring waterfalls, vistas, historical areas and some with old growth trees. 

There are over 90 miles of hiking trails available at South Cumberland ranging from easy to strenuous with varying environs. The park is divided into three Ranger Districts, each with its own ranger station/visitor center and each district offers numerous opportunities for enjoyable hiking options. 

Visitor’s Center 

  • Meadow Trail Hike - 1.3 mile easy, round trip hike with views of wildflowers, wildlife, a pond and berries; can you identify what the trail used to be before it was a park? Ask a Ranger for the answer! 

Grundy Lakes

  • Lone Rock Trail - An easy 2.3 mile roundtrip hike circling the Grundy Lakes. Set time aside to explore the coke ovens and to enjoy the views of the lakes in this historical area. Ask a desk attendant for a brochure on the ovens. 

Fiery Gizzard

  • Grundy Day Loop - This moderate 2 mile roundtrip hike will take you past multiple waterfalls, ancient trees, and plenty of enjoyable swimming holes. 
  • Sycamore Falls Loop - A moderate, 3 mile hike that drops off the top of the plateau and brings you to some interesting geologic formations and waterfalls. Don’t forget your bathing suit to take a dip in the refreshing Sycamore Falls swimming hole! 
  • Climber’s Loop - This 2 mile roundtrip hike takes you along beautiful cliff line and along the base of towering bluff walls. Oh, and the picturesque Foster Falls is located on this hike!    
  • Raven’s Point Loop - A difficult 10 mile trek into some of the more remote areas of the Fiery Gizzard. Please allow adequate time to make this hike (and of course to see the many springs, sinks, caves, overlooks and waterfalls). Meet this trail by way of the Fiery Gizzard below Sycamore Falls and be sure to check out the Raven’s Point spur trail. 
  • Foster Falls to Small Wilds - A 5 mile out-and-back hike that will take you past waterfalls and some pretty cool overlooks. 

Buggy Top

  • Buggy Top Trail - A moderately difficult 4 mile roundtrip hike to one of the largest cave openings in Tennessee. Watch your footing as you descend into Lost Cove and rest at the opening of the cave before heading back up. Bring lots of water. 

Savage Gulf

  • Savage Day Loop - This easy 4.2 mile roundtrip hike is a perfect afternoon outing for those looking to view the gulf and Savage Falls.
  • Stone Door Hike - This easy 2 mile out-and-back hike is a must for all those first visiting the park. The Great Stone Door and the cliffs are not to be missed by anyone! 
  • Suter Falls Hike - A difficult 2 mile out-and-back viewing Suter Falls, rock shelters, and high bluffs. 
  • Horsepound Falls - A difficult 5 mile out-and-back hike perfect for those looking for a unique waterfall, overlooks, and lush wildflowers in the spring. 
  • Big Creek Rim - An easy 7 mile roundtrip hike overlooking some great views and of course the Stone Door! 
  • Big Creek Gulf and Rim - A difficult 9 mile roundtrip visiting waterfalls, sinks, overlooks and wildflowers.
  • Greeter Falls - A moderate 1 mile out-and-back visiting the beautiful Greeter Falls as well as some smaller waterfalls and historic sites.