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Buggytop is an impressive wild cave reached by a two-mile hike from the parking area to the cave entrance. If you have never visited Buggytop, it is recommended you join park staff on a ranger-led cave trip to familiarize yourself with the cave. The cave is open from May 1 to August 31. Permits are required and can be obtained by filling out a short form, liability waiver, and familiarizing yourself with the Clean Caving Guidelines. Click here for details.
South Cumberland State Park is home to several very popular climbing areas: Denny Cove, Foster Falls, and Stone Door. Permits are required and each person must have one.
Located around the Visitor’s Center are numerous sports fields for planned gatherings or just a spontaneous family outing.
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. There are no lifeguards on duty at any swim areas. Please swim with caution and check with a ranger about uncertain conditions.
Interpretive Programs and Events
Throughout the year interpretive or recreational programs are offered by staff or volunteers of South Cumberland State Park. The greatest number of programs are offered during the summer but participants are welcome during all seasons. These programs vary from year to year but may include: interpretive hikes/walks, canoeing, introductory rock climbing, animal shows, instructional classes, star gazing, creek critter surveys, etc.
South Cumberland is a perfect haven for those wishing to take their meals outside. Picnic tables are available at all trailheads except for Buggytop and the Sewanee Natural Bridge with some sites having access to grills.
Four small lakes at Grundy Lakes in Tracy City range from one to sixteen acres in size and provide bank and wade fishing for bass and bream.