Cumberland Mountain State Park is situated on the Cumberland Plateau, a segment of the great upland, which extends from western New York to central Alabama. It is said to be the largest timbered plateau in America. Cumberland Mountain State Park began as part of the greater Cumberland Homesteads Project, a New Deal-era initiative by the Resettlement Administration that helped relocate poverty-stricken families on the Cumberland Plateau to small farms centered on what is now the Cumberland Homestead community. This 1,720-acre park was acquired in 1938 to provide a recreational area for some 250 families selected to homestead on the Cumberland Plateau.
The park is located around Byrd Lake, a man-made lake created by the impoundment of Byrd Creek in the 1930s. The park provides numerous recreational activities, including hiking, swimming, picnicking and interpretive programs. The park also features a popular area restaurant and separate recreation hall that can accommodate up to 250 people.
Cumberland Mountain State Park has many options for overnight accommodations. There are numerous fully furnished cabins available throughout the year. The campground has more than 140 campsites for tents and RVs. Cumberland Mountain has a combined total of 145 tent and RV campsites with hookups provided. Thirty and 50 amp service and standard 110 volt outlets are available. The Area 4 campsites and bathhouse are not handicap accessible, but handicap accessible sites and bathhouses are available in camping areas one, two and three. A few tent campsites are also available in area five. In areas 2, 3, and 5, tents are not allowed on the grass.
There is also a designated place on the overnight trail for backcountry camping. This hike-in campsite is located on the Overnight Trail which is accessed by hiking the Byrd Creek Trail. The Overnight Trail is a six-mile loop through the forest, rated moderate to difficult. You should be prepared to cross a swinging bridge and several creeks and streams. This is a primitive site, please practice Leave No Trace. Please make your reservation online or by calling the park office.
- Attraction Images
- More Attraction DetailsHours: Park day use areas are open Year Round, Mon-Sat 7:00am-10:00pmAttraction Facilities:
- Picnic Sites
- Visitor Center
- Ranger Programs
- Special Events
Paddleboards, Canoes, Kayaks, Tandem Kayaks, Pedal Boats, Fishing Boat Rentals Mountain Biking,
- Local Points of InterestLocal RV Parks:
Ballyhoo Family Campground, Bean Pot Campground, Deer Run RV Resort, Crossville / I-40 KOA, Breckenridge Lake RV Park, Davy Crockett Campground, Spring Lake RV ResortLocal Restaurants:
Abuela's Cuban Cafe, Grinder House Coffee Shop, Hobo's Grill , Cancun Mexican Restaurant, Homestead Harvest Restaurant, Big John's BBQ, Ah Mah & Son Asian Eatery, Kali's Kitchen, Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits , Flying Pig Barbeque, Gondola Pizza & Steak HouseLocal Shopping:
Food City, Save-A-Lot, Crossville Outlet Center, Cumberland Square, Jeannie's Hallmark Shop, Tayon's Homestead Store, Crossville Depot, Antique Village Mall