Cumberland Mountain Go Green
Cumberland Mountain State Park has completed the Gold Recognition Level of the TN State Parks Go Green With Us Initiative and Guidelines. The guidelines include multiple areas of environmental sustainability including education and outreach, water conservation, energy efficiency, waste and recycling and much more. Congrats to this park for going above and beyond to be excellent stewards of our natural resources.
The mission of the Tennessee State Parks Go Green With Us program is to preserve and protect our state parks through sustainable park operations, resource conservation, and recycling. Program components cover a diverse array of initiatives, including energy and water conservation through equipment and operations upgrades, recycling programs, projects to enhance ecosystem health, and erosion control, among many others.
- The golf course at Cumberland Mountain State Park is part of the internationally-recognized Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program and Groundwater Guardian Green Program. The course enhances the natural landscape and wildlife habitat while also improving efficiency and minimizing potentially harmful impacts of golf course operations. Several of the course’s program components include electric mowers and golf carts which are quiet and do not disturb wildlife, targeted watering, and digital irrigation monitoring.
- The Homestead Harvest Restaurant is Tennessee Green Hospitality certified. The park’s restaurant sources food locally when possible.
- Electric vehicle charge stations are available in the restaurant parking lot.
- Cumberland Mountain also has completed projects to minimize erosion, including planting 300 trees near Byrd Creek.
- The park has installed tent pads in the campground. Tent pads are man-made surfaces that protect the ground from damage caused by repeatedly setting up a tent in the same spot.
- The park also participates in TVA’s Green Power Switch.