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.

Swimming

While there are no swimming pools at South Cumberland there still exists numerous opportunities to escape the heat of summer. One of the most popular destinations is the Grundy Lakes area, located just four miles from the visitor’s center. A man-made beach is perfect for lounging in the sun or for spreading out a water-side picnic. Also at the site is a swim-up dock for the sun bathers and jumping children. Please no glass items in the beach area.

For a little more adventure, one can venture to one of the many waterfalls that can be found along the trails. These areas are wonderful opportunities to escape beneath the forest canopy and cool off in cold creek waters. 

There are no lifeguards on duty at any swim areas. Please swim with caution and check with a ranger about uncertain conditions.

Please, no jumping from falls. Many of our waterfalls may look enticing but the water beneath the falls is shallow and often there are submerged dangers such as rocks and trees.