South Cumberland State Park


While there are no swimming pools at South Cumberland, there are still numerous opportunities to escape the heat of summer.

Grundy Lakes

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 sunbathers 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.

  • Foster Falls
  • Sycamore Falls 
  • Blue Hole Falls 
  • Hanes Hole Falls 

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.

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