About the Park
June 29, 2019: The gorge and the trail to the gorge at Cummins Falls is CLOSED. The overlook is open. We will remove this alert when the gorge reopens.
Cummins Falls State Park is an idyllic, but rugged, 282-acre day-use park located nine miles north of Cookeville on the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River on the Eastern Highland Rim. Located in the Cordell Hull Watershed, the area has been a scenic spot and swimming hole for local residents of Jackson and Putnam counties for more than 100 years. Cummins Falls is Tennessee’s eighth largest waterfall in volume of water and is 75 feet high.
What to Know Before You Go
The main parking area, restrooms, trailheads, and a designated picnic area are located above the falls. The overlook is nearby and can be accessed by foot. ADA access is available upon request.
- View park hours of operation.
- Pets are allowed but must be on a leash and under control. Please remember to clean up after your pet.
- Cummins Falls is a day-use park.
- Swimmer Safety Tips (pdf)
To make your visit to our park as safe and enjoyable as possible, know the risks. Use good judgment and common sense when deciding whether you should hike down to the waterfall or view it from above, at the overlook. If you decide to hike to the bottom of the waterfall please use caution and follow these guidelines.
- The hike to the gorge is not an improved trail. This is an adventurous hike and is not suitable for small children.
- USCG approved life jackets are advised if you plan to get in the water below the falls. While some life jackets are available at the park, we recommend bringing your own.
- The less you take to the bottom of the waterfall the better. It is best to limit belongings to items that will fit in a small backpack.
- Keep your hands free.
- Wear sturdy shoes. Flipflops are not recommended.
- Rather than try to take a picnic to the gorge area, plan to eat in the designated picnic area and just take snacks and water to the gorge.
- Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the park.
- Coolers are not allowed in the gorge.
- Pool floats are not allowed in the plunge pool.
Wading in knee-deep water while crossing the stream to get to the bottom of the waterfall may be okay, as long as the water is no higher than your knee. But getting in the water where most of the body is immersed is dangerous. Swimming in cold water can be fatal. To learn more, visit www.coldwatersafety.org.
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