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Cumberland Mountain State Park

October Waterfall Tour 2020


Based out of Cumberland Mountain State Park

  • Wednesday, Sept. 30 through Friday, October 2
  • $250 per person
  • Package price includes meals, all interpretive programming, taxes, gratuities, and transportation to various destinations. Price does not include lodging. Cabins are available at Cumberland Mountain State Park.

Join State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath and Naturalist Holly Taylor on a three-day exploration of some of our most beautiful state waterfalls. This outdoor adventure features the waterfalls at Burgess Falls State Park, Cummins Falls State Park, Frozen Head State Park, Rock Island State Park and the spectacular beauty of Piney Falls State Natural Area. The tours focus on the beauty and history of these stunning falls and include the legends and folklore, and other educational and interpretive programs unique to each location. Tour begins at 1:00 PM on Wednesday through noon on Friday. 


Photo ©Cara Alexander


Good walking shoes, a backpack, and a walking stick are recommended. For your convenience, you can find walking sticks available for purchase in the Cumberland Mountain gift shop located in the restaurant lobby.

WEDNESDAY, September 30

Noon till 1:00 PM: Meet the guides and fellow tour members in the meeting room at the park restaurant. Programs and meals will be held in this room, which is downstairs from the lobby. Directions can be obtained from the restaurant desk staff. 

1:00 PM: Our first excursion will be to Piney Falls State Natural Area where we will walk the easy to moderate trail to see Piney Falls and the spectacular bluffs, old trees, and interesting plants. We will return to Cumberland Mountain State Park by 5:00 PM.

6:00 PM: Dinner, and then Randy will present an informal and informative program about the waterfalls of Tennessee. 

THURSDAY, October 1

7:00 AM to 8:00 AM: Breakfast will be in the meeting room. A bag lunch will be provided to enjoy at the Burgess Falls picnic area.

8:00 AM: Our all-day trip will include Cummins Falls, Burgess Falls, and Rock Island State Parks. We will walk a total of two miles with mostly easy trail but there are short rugged sections. We will return to Cumberland Mountain by 5:00 PM.

6:00 PM: Dinner in the meeting room.

FRIDAY, October 2

7:00 AM: Breakfast in the meeting room. Please make sure to check out of your cabin before the excursion.

8:00 AM: Our final day will be a trip to Frozen Head State Park where we will walk the easy one-mile roundtrip trail to Debord Falls. We will return to Cumberland Mountain by 1:00 PM.

All times are Central time.
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Cumberland Mountain State Park
Burgess Falls State Park
Piney Falls State Natural Area
Cummins Falls State Park
Frozen Head State Park
Rock Island State Park


Holly Taylor got her start with Tennessee State Parks as a Seasonal Interpretive Ranger in 2006, working six years at Edgar Evins State Park before working as a wildlife presenter for the Natural History Education Company of the Mid-South. She took time off to stay at home with her son before returning to TN State Parks as the assistant to State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath in 2018. She graduated from TTU in 2009 with a B.S. in Conservation Biology and also serves as the chapter coordinator for the Cumberland Mountain Chapter of the Tennessee Naturalist Program.

State Naturalist, Randy Hedgepath has more than 36 years of experience with Tennessee State Parks. Randy has served as a Ranger Naturalist at South Cumberland and Radnor Lake State Parks. He was appointed State Naturalist for Tennessee State Parks in 2007. A graduate of UT-Martin and former National Park Service Interpretive Specialist, Randy is one of the most sought after interpretive specialists in the southeastern United States.