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There are a ton of state and national parks, lakes, recreation areas, and historic areas in northern Tennessee.  You could spend your entire life exploring them!  The parks below are arranged from west to east.

 


C6 Montgomery County

Dunbar Cave State Park

Dunbar Cave State Park
401 Old Dunbar Cave Road
Clarksville , TN 37043
(931) 648-5526
www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/DunbarCave/index.shtml


Dunbar Cave State Park is located 60 minutes northwest of Nashville and about one and a half miles northeast of downtown Clarksville, Tennessee in Montgomery County. The cave is no longer open for tours, but other activities are still available in the park.  Angling is a popular activity on beautiful Swan Lake. The lake is fed by the cold, clear stream that flows from the mouth of Dunbar Cave. Since it is only 15-acres in size, boating and swimming are not permitted.  Text courtesy of Tennessee State Parks: www.tnstateparks.com.  Photo courtesy Tennessee Department of Tourist Development: www.tnvacation.com.

 

 


C6 Montgomery County

Port Royal State Park

Port Royal State Park
300 Old Clarksville Hwy.
Adams , TN 37010
(931) 648-5526
http://state.tn.us/environment/parks/PortRoyal/index.shtml


Port Royal is an historic park and a day use park. Port Royal State Park is a place of quiet natural beauty.  This park is a satellite of Dunbar Cave State Park.  Hiking Trails: The Bluff Trail begins near the covered bridge site and extends along the Red River. Wildflowers and birds are abundant along this leisurely 1/4 mile trail.  Text courtesy of Tennessee State Parks: www.tnstateparks.com.  Photo: Clipart.

 

 


C8 Sumner County

Old Hickory Lake

Sumner County Convention and Visitors Bureau
220 East Main Street
Gallatin TN 37066
Toll-free: 888-301-7866
Telephone: 615-230-8474
www.sumnercountytourism.com

Old Hickory Lake
Resource Manager’s Office
No. 5 Power Plant Road
Hendersonville, Tennessee 37075
Telephone: (615) 822-4846 or (615) 847-2395
http://www.orn.usace.army.mil/op/old/rec/

 


The Sumner County Convention and Visitors Bureau maintains a web site that covers the opportunities at Old Hickory Lake.  This is a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) that formed when the Old Hickory Dam was built across the Cumberland River near Hendersonville, Tennessee.  This is one of the prime locations in Tennessee for boating and fishing.  Photo: Clipart.

 

 


C8 Sumner County

Bledsoe Creek State Park

Bledsoe Creek State Park
400 Zieglers Fort Road
Gallatin, TN 37066
(615) 452-3706
http://state.tn.us/environment/parks/BledsoeCreek/index.shtml


Off Highway 25, this 164-acre park is situated on the Bledsoe Creek embayment of the U.S. Corps of Engineers Old Hickory Reservoir near the old 1780's settlement of Cairo in Sumner County.  Photo and text courtesy of Tennessee State Parks: www.tnstateparks.com

 

 

Mammoth Cave National Park

1 Mammoth Cave Parkway
P.O. Box 7
Mammoth Cave, KY 42259
www.nps.gov/maca/

Head north on I-65 to exit 53 in Kentucky.  Here you will find one of the most amazing sites on the planet: Mammoth Cave.  This is the world's longest known cave system, with more than 367 miles explored.  The National Park Service has done an excellent job of presenting and protecting the cave system.  You will find everything from easy walks into a huge cave entrance to rugged trips where you actually crawl through tiny passages in the cave system.   Many visitors from Europe complain that certain caves in the United States are run like amusement parks.  Not so with Mammoth Cave.  This is the place to visit if you want to see and explore, well, caves!

 

 


C9 Macon County

Defeated Creek Park

Carthage, Tennessee


Defeated Creek Park is located on Cordell Hull Lake, a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) lake in Smith County, Tennessee, just north of Carthage.  Here you will find boating, fishing, camping, hiking, swimming, a sandy beach, picnic tables and other recreational opportunities.  Click here for more information.

 

 


C9 Macon County

Cordell Hull Dam

Carthage, Tennessee


Cordell Hull Dam, just north of Carthage, forms Cordell Hull lake. The dam and lake are one of many in the area which provide hydroelectric power. The lake is managed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.  The dam, powerhouse and lock are not open to the public. However, there is a nice parking area where you can view the massive structure. There are also picnic tables along the drive leading from TN 283 to the dam.  See the Defeated Creek Park page for a map.

 

 


C10 Clay County

Dale Hollow Dam and Lake

Celina, Tennessee
http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/op/DAL/rec/
www.dalehollowlake.org/attraction.htm


Dale Hollow Lake is the best-kept secret in the world. The beautiful blue waters can only compliment our rich and ample forest, which line the shore. Attractions on the lake include our American Bald Eagle migration during the winter months to our camping, swimming, and boating from any of our modern marinas. All of our marinas cater to tourists as well as locals in making their visit to the Dale Hollow a pleasant and memorable experience. Each of these marinas has Houseboats, Ski Boats, Pontoon Boats, and Jet Skis for rent at competitive prices. There are also several cabins, chalets, and motel rooms to choose from when you visit Clay County.  Text courtesy of the Clay County Partnership Chamber of Commerce.

 

 


C10 Clay County

Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery

Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery
145 Fish Hatchery Road
Celina, TN 38551
(931) 243-2443

http://www.fws.gov/dalehollow/

Operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, this National Fish Hatchery (NFH) is one of many serving a vital role in the management of our country’s fishery resources. Dale Hollow NFH was established to mitigate for fishery resources which were lost due to the construction of federal water development projects in the Southeast. This is accomplished by stocking rainbow, brown, and lake trout in waters impacted by federal dams. Stocking trout in public waters supports a significant recreational fishery which generates a substantial amount of economic activity for local and regional economies. This facility is also involved in the conservation of imperiled freshwater mussels and non-game fishes.   Open for tours daily. Text courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Photo: Clipart.

 

 


C11 Overton County

Standing Stone State Park

Standing Stone State Park
1674 Standing Stone Park Hwy.
Hilham , TN 38568-6610
(931) 823-6347
(800) 713-5157
http://www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/StandingStone/index.shtml


Standing Stone State Park covers nearly 11,000 acres on the Cumberland Plateau of north-central Tennessee. The quaint and rustic park is noted for its outstanding scenery, spring wildflowers, fossils and other natural diversity. The park takes its name from the Standing Stone, an eight-foot tall rock standing upright on a sandstone ledge, which was supposedly used as a boundary line between two separate Indian nations. When the rock fell, the Indians placed a portion of it upon an improvised monument to preserve it. The stone is still preserved in Monterey, Tennessee.  Standing Stone State Park has cabins, camping, group lodges, picnicking and fishing.  Text and photo courtesy of Tennessee State Parks: www.tnstateparks.com

 

 


C11 Overton County

Dale Hollow Lake

Overton County, Tennessee
http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/op/DAL/rec/


A finger of Dale Hollow Lake juts into Overton County from the west near Timothy and the Clay County line; a second finger juts in from the east near TN 111 and the Pickett County line..  These access points provide a wealth of activities such as boating, tubing, skiing, scuba diving, hiking, swimming, fishing, and hunting.  There are also cabins and houseboats for rent.  For more information, please contact the Overton County Chamber of Commerce: www.overtonco.com  Photo: clipart.

 

 


C12 Pickett County

Pickett State Park

Pickett State Park
4605 Pickett Park Highway
Jamestown , TN 38556-4141
Office: (931) 879-5821
Cabin Reservations: 1-877-260-0010
Note: The park is actually located in both Pickett and Overton Counties.  To get to the park, take TN52 to Jamestown (in Overton County), then U.S. 127 north, then TN 154 to the park entrance.
http://www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/Pickett/index.shtml


Situated in a remote section of the upper Cumberland Mountains, the 17,372-acre Pickett State Park and Forest possess a combination of scenic, botanical and geological wonders found nowhere else in Tennessee. Of particular interest are the uncommon rock formations, natural bridges, numerous caves and remains of ancient Indian occupation. Some say Pickett is second only to the Great Smoky Mountains in botanical diversity. The park is adjacent to the massive Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, with more than 100,000 acres of prime wilderness country.  Photo and text courtesy of Tennessee State Parks: www.tnstateparks.com

 

 


C12 Pickett County

Cordell Hull State Park

Cordell Hull State Park
1300 Cordell Hull Memorial Drive
Byrdstown , TN 38549
Office: (931) 864-3247
http://state.tn.us/environment/parks/CordellHull/index.shtml


The Cordell Hull Birthplace and Museum is a historic site owned by the State of Tennessee. It was placed under the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Division of Parks in June 1997 by an act of the Tennessee General Assembly. The site is located on 45-acres on the Highland Rim, near Byrdstown, north of Cookeville, near the Kentucky border.

The site consists of a representation of Hull's log cabin birthplace, an activities center and a museum housing documents and artifacts. The collection includes his Nobel Peace Prize that is on display.  Photo and text courtesy of Tennessee State Parks: www.tnstateparks.com

 

 


C12 Pickett County

Dale Hollow Lake

Pickett County, Tennessee
http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/op/DAL/rec/
www.dalehollow.com


Dale Hollow Lake is a prominent feature in Pickett County and neighboring Clay and Overton Counties.  (The Dale Hollow Dam, which forms the lake, is located near Celina in Clay County.) This TVA lake provides wonderful opportunities for fishing, camping, boat rentals, houseboat rentals, cabin and chalet rentals, water skiing, hiking, wildlife and bird viewing, and a host of other fun activities.  For more information, please see the Byrdstown-Pickett County Chamber of Commerce web site:  www.dalehollow.com  Photo: Clipart.

 

 


C13 Fentress County

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

Big South Fork NRRA
4564 Leatherwood Road
Oneida, Tennessee 37841
Visitor Information: (423) 286-7275
http://www.nps.gov/biso/index.htm


The free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries pass through 90 miles of scenic gorges and valleys containing a wide range of natural and historic features. The area offers a broad range of recreational opportunities including camping, whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting and fishing. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with its experience in managing river basins, was charged with land acquisition, planning and development of facilities. Now completed, these lands and facilities are operated and maintained by the National Park Service.  Text courtesy National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.

 

 


C13 Fentress County

Pickett State Park

Pickett State Park
4605 Pickett Park Highway
Jamestown , TN 38556-4141
Office: (931) 879-5821
Cabin Reservations: 1-877-260-0010
http://www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/Pickett/index.shtml


Situated in a remote section of the upper Cumberland Mountains, the 17,372-acre Pickett State Park and Forest possess a combination of scenic, botanical and geological wonders found nowhere else in Tennessee. Of particular interest are the uncommon rock formations, natural bridges, numerous caves and remains of ancient Indian occupation. Some say Pickett is second only to the Great Smoky Mountains in botanical diversity. The park is adjacent to the massive Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, with more than 100,000 acres of prime wilderness country.  Photo and text courtesy of Tennessee State Parks: www.tnstateparks.com

 

 


C13 Fentress County

Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park

Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park
General Delivery - Highway 127
Pall Mall , TN 38577
Telephone: 931-879-6456
http://state.tn.us/environment/parks/SgtYork/index.shtml
http://sgtyork.org


The Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park, located in Pall Mall, Tennessee, pays tribute to Sgt. Alvin C. York, the backwoods marksman from the mountains of Tennessee who became one of the most decorated soldiers of World War I. York's fame rose from his legendary exploits on October 8, 1918 in the Argonne Forest in France. Leading a small patrol, York was sent out to eliminate flanking machine gun fire that was halting the advance of his regiment. York found himself alone opposing a German machine gun unit. With rifle and pistol he engaged the enemy. The fight ended with more than twenty Germans dead. Then, the other one hundred and thirty-two soldiers, including four officers and thirty-five machine guns, became discouraged and surrendered to York and six of his comrades. For that he was decorated with a dozen medals, including the Congressional Medal of Honor and the French Croix de Guerre. He has been honored by a 10-foot statue on the grounds of the State Capitol in Nashville, and his medals and trophies may be seen at the Tennessee State Museum. 
Photo and text courtesy of Tennessee State Parks: www.tnstateparks.com

 

 


C13 Fentress County

Colditz Cove State Natural Area

Allardt, Tennessee
http://www.state.tn.us/environment/na/natareas/colditz/


Colditz Cove State Natural Area is located in Allardt, Tennessee, just 1 mile off Hwy. 52. The 1.5 mile loop will take you behind the 60 foot high Northrup Falls. This is a short and easy hike with a well defined walking trail.  Text courtesy of the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce. Photo: Clipart.

 

 


C14 Morgan County

Frozen Head State Park

Frozen Head State Park
964 Flat Fork Road
Wartburg , TN 37887
Office: (423) 346-3318
http://www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/FrozenHead/index.shtml


Frozen Head State Park and Natural Area is situated in the beautiful Cumberland Mountains of Eastern Tennessee near Wartburg. Frozen Head, elevation of 3,324, is one of the highest peaks in Tennessee west of the Great Smoky Mountains. From its observation tower on a clear day, one can plainly see the Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee Ridge and Valley, and the Great Smoky Mountains. In winter, the mountain peaks are often capped with snow or ice while the lower valleys remain unadorned, thus giving the park's namesake, Frozen Head. The park's lush vegetation, small streams, waterfalls and beautiful mountains make Frozen Head one of Tennessee's most scenic parks.  Photo and text courtesy of Tennessee State Parks: www.tnstateparks.com

 

 


C14 Morgan County

Obed Wild & Scenic River

Obed Wild & Scenic River
208 North Maiden Street
P.O. Box 429
Wartburg, TN 37887
Visitor Information: (423) 346-6294
http://www.nps.gov/obed/


The Obed Wild & Scenic River is managed by the National Park Service  Canoeing, kayaking and rafting bring many people to the Obed. The river includes three different difficulty classifications (II-IV), making it one of the best whitewater rivers in the eastern United States.  Rock Climbing The Obed's sandstone rock faces provide a challenging opportunity for experienced climbers, with several hundred climbing routes spanning through much of the park. Boulder climbing is also available along the Obed.  Fishing  Fishing opportunities are plentiful at the Obed Wild and Scenic River. An assortment of smallmouth bass, bluegills, catfish, and muskie are but a few of the various fish that swim the river.  Hiking the trails along the Obed Wild and Scenic River is one of the most enjoyable activities.  Several different trails with different lengths and scenery are available.  Photo above courtesy Tennessee Department of Tourist Development: www.tnvacation.com.

 

 


C16 Campbell County

Cove Lake State Park

Cove Lake State Park
110 Cove Lake Lane
Caryville , TN 37714
Office: (423) 566-9701
http://www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/CoveLake/index.shtml


Cove Lake State Park's 673 acres are situated in a beautiful mountain valley setting on the eastern edge of the Cumberland Mountains. There are scenic nature trails and bike trails leading through the open grasslands and woodlands. In the winter, several hundred Canada Geese make this lakeshore their feeding ground. Nearby is the Devil's Race Trace whose steep pinnacle rock affords a panoramic view. Photo and text courtesy of Tennessee State Parks: www.tnstateparks.com
 

 


C16 Campbell County

Cumberland Trail State Park

Cumberland Trail State Park
220 Park Road
Caryville, TN 38555
(423) 566-2229
http://www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/CumberlandTrail/index.shtml


Over the next eight to 10 years, the state will work in partnership with the Cumberland Trail Conference (the CTC) an associate organization of the Tennessee Trails Association, and other volunteers to solicit public and private support for acquisition of additional land along the trail. The CTC is building the Cumberland Trail at the ground level.

Upon completion, the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park -- the state's only linear park -- will be 300 miles, cutting through 11 Tennessee counties from the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park on the Tennessee-Virginia-Kentucky border, to the Signal Point near Chattanooga.

One hundred fifty miles of the Cumberland Trail are open and ready for exploration. This includes the Cumberland Mountain Segments above LaFollette and Jacksboro and in the Cumberland Gap National Military Park, the Grassy Cove Segment on Black and Brady Mountain in Cumberland County, the Tennessee River Gorge Segment in Prentice Cooper State Forest, and the Obed Wild and Scenic River Segment in the Obed River Gorge and Catoosa WMA.

The Cumberland Trail wanders among the remnants of the Cumberland Mountains that once rose as high as the Rockies. The trail represented a barrier to all who dared push through storied gaps westward onto and over the Cumberland plateau. It now provides a linkage north to south, forming natural connections and opportunities for scenic vistas and curious geological formations.  Photo and text courtesy of Tennessee State Parks: www.tnstateparks.com

 

 
C16 Campbell County

Indian Mountain State Park

Indian Mountain State Park
143 State Park Circle
Jellico, TN 37762
(423) 784-7958
http://www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/IndianMtn/index.shtml


Indian Mountain State Park is a multi-use facility in Campbell County near Tennessee's northern border. In addition to providing camping and recreation opportunities, the 200-acre park is unique in that it was developed on reclaimed strip mine land. Park visitors can enjoy fishing at the two small lakes, picnicking, camping, and two walking trails. Park visitors have the opportunity to view a variety of wildlife.

Although the park's name would indicate that it is located on a mountain, it is actually located at the base of the mountain. While it is a small park, most any visitor will agree, it is one of our most beautiful parks.  Photo and text courtesy of Tennessee State Parks: www.tnstateparks.com

 

 


C16 Campbell County

Norris Dam State Park

Norris Dam State Park
125 Village Green Circle
Lake City , TN 37769-5932
Marina: (865) 494-8138
Office: (865) 426-7461
http://www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/NorrisDam/index.shtml


This 4,038-acre park, located on the Norris Reservoir, began in 1933 as the first Tennessee Valley Authority project. Miles of trails lead hikers through deeply forested valleys and ridges. A grist mill built in the 1790's and restored by TVA still grinds corn daily during the summer months. Many other attractions await your finding at Norris Dam State Park.  Photo and text courtesy of Tennessee State Parks: www.tnstateparks.com

 

 


C16 Campbell County

Norris Dam

Norris, Tennessee
http://www.tva.gov/sites/norris.htm
www.norrislakeinfo.com

Norris is a popular tourist and recreation destination, and in summer 2005 TVA opened a new visitor center at the dam. Visitors can learn about the history of Norris, hydropower operations, and TVA’s management of the river system. The facility, located at the top of the dam, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. It’s staffed by TVA retiree volunteers.  Photo and text courtesy of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

 

 


C17 Claiborne County (Things to See over the Border in Kentucky)

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
US 25E South
P.O. Box 1848
Middlesboro, KY 40965-1848
(606)248-2817 (Headquarters and Visitor Information)

www.nps.gov/cuga


The story of the first doorway to the west is commemorated at the national park, located where the borders of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia meet. Carved by wind and water, Cumberland Gap forms a major break in the formidable Appalachian Mountain chain. First used by large game animals in their migratory journeys, followed by Native Americans, the Cumberland Gap was the first and best avenue for the settlement of the interior of this nation. From 1775 to 1810, the Gap's heyday, between 200,000 and 300,000 men, women, and children from all walks of life, crossed the Gap into "Kentuckee." For more information, please visit the National Parks Service web site: www.nps.gov/cuga  Photo courtesy National Parks Service.

 

 


C17 Claiborne County (Things to See over the Border in Kentucky)

Gap Cave (Cudjo's Caverns)

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
US 25E South
P.O. Box 1848
Middlesboro, KY 40965-1848
Tel: (606) 248-2817
www.nps.gov/cuga/cudjo.htm
The cave now closely resembles its original condition. No electricity – only lanterns light the way. Visitors will discover mammoth rooms and gaze in awe at the walls decorated with delicate stalactites and majestic stalagmites. Gap Cave is once again a grand underground cathedral.  For more information, please visit the National Parks Service web site:  Photo: Courtesy of National Parks Service.

 

 


C17 Claiborne County (Things to See over the Border in Kentucky)

Hensley Settlement and The Wilderness Road and Martin's Fort

(276) 445-3065
www.nps.gov/cuga/culture.htm
For more information, please visit the National Parks Service web site.  Photo: Courtesy of National Parks Service.