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Paddling - Rentals & Bring Your Own
The park rents paddleboards, canoes, kayaks, tandem kayaks, and pedal boats for use on Byrd Lake. The boat dock is open Memorial Day to the end of October, weather permitting. Personal kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, and johnboats can be launched with a $5.00 lake permit, payable at the boat dock or park office, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM Monday through Friday. The boat dock is open for rentals on Saturdays and Sundays only.
We have approximately four miles of dedicated mountain biking trails. Three miles is moderately technical single track with jump lines and technical downhill lines to grow skills. Alley Cat and Devil Dog combined is the 3-mile loop. Peter Rabbit is the beginner jump line and Hurricane is the advanced jump line. Rock City is the rocky technical trail to challenge skills. Helmets are required for anyone using the trail. Trails are dedicated exclusively to mountain biking, hiking is NOT allowed.
Boating - Rentals & Bring Your Own
The park rents fishing boats with electric trolling motors for use on Byrd Lake. The boat dock is open Memorial Day to the end of October, weather permitting. Personal kayaks, paddleboards, johnboats, and canoes can be launched with a $5.00 lake permit, payable at the boat dock, or park office, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday. The boat dock is open for rentals on Saturdays and Sundays only.
The pool at Cumberland Mountain State Park will remain closed for the 2021 summer season, in the interest of public health and staff safety. The park remains open and is still a great place for you to enjoy water-based recreation this summer. Find other activities at the park here.
Situated in the heart of Tennessee’s scenic Cumberland Plateau, 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 park has approximately 14 miles of trail around the lake, creek and through the woods. Hikes range from easy to moderate day or overnight hiking experiences. Trail maps are available at the park office.
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.
Herons, belted kingfishers, and ducks in migration or wintering can be seen from the lakeshore. For more park and nearby birding locations, view flyer.