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.
FIERY GIZZARD TRAIL CLOSURES AS OF MONDAY, MAY 7
The Fiery Gizzard Trail will be closed from Sycamore Falls to Raven’s Point starting Monday, May 7 due to a pipeline safety maintenance project. Both the Dog Hole Trail and Lower Fiery Gizzard Trail will be closed. The estimated time of reopening is Monday, May 21. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Rates: $8 — $45 Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change. $5 reservation fee per site is non-refundable.
FOSTER FALLS CAMPGROUND - Open to Vehicles - Reservations Required
The Foster Falls campground has 26 rustic campsites ideal for tents or small trailers. The Foster Falls Campground is the only camping area in the park where guests may park a car and/or pop-ups next to the campsite. The campground is open year-round. All sites have a fire ring and a picnic table. Most sites are wooded, offering some shade and have a level, gravel surface. A few are on a slight incline. There are no water or electric hook-ups but a restroom and heated showers are available. No gas generators are allowed at the Foster Falls Campground.
BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING - Reservations Required
South Cumberland boasts over 90 miles of backpacking trails with 93 campsites, eight group sites and one rustic lodge, the Hobbs Cabin. These campsites are located within 12 designated back country campgrounds across the Fiery Gizzard and Savage Gulf trail systems. South Cumberland encourages visitors to reserve your campsite early to ensure you have a site upon arrival. Remember, follow all park rules and be prepared to have a rewarding backcountry experience.
All campsites are limited to four adults and two children. Children are defined as ages 13 and younger. Site capacity information can be found under site features on the campsite reservation page. Please look closely at your campsite's capacity when reserving.
Each site has a designated fire ring. Hiking is required to reach the sites, although a few sites are available at only 120 yards from the parking lot. Water must be filtered from natural sources or carried in, be sure to check with the ranger stations about water availability. A pit toilet is also available at each campground.
South Cumberland has primitive group campsites at most Savage Gulf campgrounds. These sites can accommodate from 30-60 campers, depending on the site and location.
The Hobbs Cabin is a beautiful rustic cabin with fireplace that can house a group of six people.
--Reservations are required for ALL backcountry camping.
--Reservations are required for the Foster Falls Campground.
--Your reservation receipt is your permit.
--A copy of the camping receipt or a piece of paper with the name associated with the reservation, the date, and the campground you are staying in MUST be placed in the dash of each vehicle that is to be parked overnight.
--No gas generators are allowed at the Foster Falls Campground.
--No overnight parking at the Greeter Falls parking lot.
--Campground gates close at 10:00 PM. Please plan your arrival accordingly.
--Quiet hours in all campgrounds are between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM.
--No hiking on trails after dark. Please allow enough time to reach your destination in daylight.
--All campsites are limited to 4 adults and 2 children. Children are defined as ages 13 and younger.
If you need to cancel or change your reservation prior to your visit, or have any questions, please give us a call at 931-924-2980.
Firewood Policy – Effective June 1, 2016
All campfires should be made with heat-treated wood, or downed wood collected inside the park, near the campsite. Certified heat-treated wood is available to purchase from concessioners in many of the campgrounds as well as from vendors in the communities around the park. Certified heat-treated firewood is packaged and clearly marked with a state or federal seal.
To learn more about Don’t Move Firewood, visit www.dontmovefirewood.org.
To learn more about pests that threaten Tennessee, visit www.protecttnforests.org.
To find the locations of certified wood vendors at www.firewoodscout.org/s/Tennessee.