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Summer Swimming Hole Tour 2020

greeter falls at south cumberland state park

Join State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath and assistant Holly Taylor for a three-day, two-night tour of some of Tennessee's best swimming holes. 


Based out of Tims Ford State Park

  • Friday, Aug. 7, Saturday, Aug. 8 and Sunday, Aug. 9
  • $250 per person
  • Package price includes meals, all interpretive programming, taxes, gratuities, and transportation to various destinations during the tour. Price does not include lodging. (Cabins at Tims Ford are available for an additional cost.)

Nestled among lush forest lands are some of Tennessee's best swimming holes, waterfall and plunge pools. Make them yours.


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Tims Ford State Park
South Cumberland State Park


All times are central time.

FRIDAY, August 7

Noon: Meet State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath, Assistant Naturalist Holly Taylor, and fellow participants at the Tim’s Ford State Park Office for a trip to Greeter Falls and the Blue Hole in the Savage Gulf State Natural Area. We will return to Tims Ford by 6:00 PM.

7:00 PM: Dinner in the Meeting Room. Catering is provided by the Governor’s Table Restaurant at Henry Horton State Park. Following dinner, Randy and Holly will present a picture show of beautiful streams, waterfalls, and swimming holes.

SATURDAY, August 8

7:00 AM: Breakfast will be provided in the meeting room.

8:00 PM: Meet at the park office for an all-day trip to the Fiery Gizzard and Foster Falls at the South Cumberland State Park. A total of four swimming holes will be visited, each more spectacular than the last. A bag lunch will be provided for the trip. Return to Tim’s Ford will be by 5:00 PM.

6:00 PM: Dinner. The evening is free and guests are encouraged to see some of Tim’s Ford State Park.

SUNDAY, August 9

8:00 AM: Breakfast will be in the meeting room. Check out of cabins if you are leaving.

9:00 AM: We will travel to Rutledge Falls, a waterfall and swimming hole on private land near Tullahoma. We will return by noon.


Holly Taylor got her start with Tennessee State Parks as a Seasonal Interpretive Ranger in 2006, working six years at Edgar Evins State Park before working as a wildlife presenter for the Natural History Education Company of the Mid-South. She took time off to stay at home with her son before returning to TN State Parks as the assistant to State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath in 2018. She graduated from TTU in 2009 with a B.S. in Conservation Biology and also serves as the chapter coordinator for the Cumberland Mountain Chapter of the Tennessee Naturalist Program.

State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath has more than 36 years of experience with Tennessee State Parks. Randy served as a Ranger Naturalist at South Cumberland and Radnor Lake State Parks. He was appointed State Naturalist for Tennessee State Parks in 2007. A graduate of UT-Martin and former National Park Service Interpretive Specialist, Randy is one of the most sought after interpretive specialists in the southeastern United States.

Top photo (Greeter Falls) and bottom photo (Cabin at Tims Ford) © and Middle photo (Rutledge Falls) by Daniel Janeway.