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Fall Creek Falls State Park Fall Creek Falls © Jason Vickers
A paradise of more than 20,000 acres sprawled across the eastern top of the rugged Cumberland Plateau, Fall Creek Falls State Park is one of the most scenic and spectacular outdoor recreation areas in America. Laced with cascades, gorges, waterfalls, streams, and lush stands of virgin hardwood timber, the park beckons those who enjoy nature at her finest. While Fall Creek Falls, at 256 feet, is the highest waterfall in the eastern United States, other waterfalls in the park are Piney and Cane Creek Falls and Cane Creek Cascades.
Old Stone Fort State Park Faces in Unlikely Places © Tim Gillahan
I captured this single long exposure shot while I was on a state park adventure on 06/19/2015. Me and my fiance had been hiking most of the day, so we decided to take a break in this spot. I sat and enjoyed the view, reminiscing about life and my future. I noticed that there was some foam floating around in the water. At that point, it was almost sunset, so I set up my camera and tripod and captured some long exposures of this scene, knowing the effect it would give. One thing that I didnt notice at first was the face in the water. In fact, the face is sort of reminiscent of E.T. off of one of my favorite classics. When things like this happen, it brings me peace of mind that photography is my destiny.
Fall Creek Falls State Park Fall Creek Falls © Jason Vickers
A paradise of more than 20,000 acres sprawled across the eastern top of the rugged Cumberland Plateau, Fall Creek Falls State Park is one of the most scenic and spectacular outdoor recreation areas in America. Laced with cascades, gorges, waterfalls, streams, and lush stands of virgin hardwood timber, the park beckons those who enjoy nature at her finest. While Fall Creek Falls, at 256 feet, is the highest waterfall in the eastern United States, other waterfalls in the park are Piney and Cane Creek Falls and Cane Creek Cascades.
Norris Dam State Park The Old Grist Mill © Maria Trigo
The Grist Mill located in the Norris Dam State Park. Open to Visitors.
Old Stone Fort State Park Faces in Unlikely Places © Tim Gillahan
I captured this single long exposure shot while I was on a state park adventure on 06/19/2015. Me and my fiance had been hiking most of the day, so we decided to take a break in this spot. I sat and enjoyed the view, reminiscing about life and my future. I noticed that there was some foam floating around in the water. At that point, it was almost sunset, so I set up my camera and tripod and captured some long exposures of this scene, knowing the effect it would give. One thing that I didnt notice at first was the face in the water. In fact, the face is sort of reminiscent of E.T. off of one of my favorite classics. When things like this happen, it brings me peace of mind that photography is my destiny.
Cedars of Lebanon State Park © Amelia Booth
Cherokee National Forest Flame Azalea © Jim Oakley
Round Bald at Roan Mtn
Cherokee National Forest Roan Mtn © Jim Oakley
Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park Cabins © Cindy Kryscio
A look at the rental cabins across the water.
Mockingbird © stateparks.com
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Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau Region Parks

9
State Parks
3
State Natural Areas
3
State Scenic Rivers
5
State Forests
1
State Memorial
Parks in this region are near these Tennessee Cities (click city name to see parks within 25 miles)
CHATTANOOGA
HIXSON
COOKEVILLE
MCMINNVILLE
OOLTEWAH
CLEVELAND
SODDY DAISY
MANCHESTER
TULLAHOMA
SPARTA
DAYTON
CROSSVILLE
SIGNAL MOUNTAIN
Blackburn Fork State Scenic River
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Bledsoe State Forest
Bledsoe State Forest is located on the Cumberland Plateau in east-central Tennessee, in Bledsoe, Cumberland, Van Buren, and White Counties. The land was originally purchased by the State Department of Institutions in 1907. In 1933, 6,656 acres were designated as state forest. The remaining lands, known ........more >
Bone Cave State Natural Area
Big Bone Cave is a 400-acre natural area located in Van Buren County on the Cumberland Plateau escarpment. It is named for the discovery of the bones of a giant ground sloth Megalonyx jeffersonii in 1811. This skeleton, now on display at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, represents the ........more >
Burgess Falls State Natural Area
Burgess Falls State Natural Area, located in Middle Tennessee, lies on the eastern edge of Tennessee's Highland Rim adjacent to the Cumberland Plateau. This is characterized by sheer bluffs, narrow ridges, rolling water and abundant mixed forest. The Falling Water River runs through the area, providing ........more >
Cumberland Mountain State Park
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. This 1,720-acre park was acquired in 1938 as a project of the Farm Security Administration ........more >
Cummins Falls
Located on the beautiful Blackburn Fork State Scenic River, this idyllic 211-acre site in Jackson County is home to Tennessees eighth largest waterfall at 75 feet high. Cummins Falls is formed on the Eastern Highland Rim and has been a favorite scenic spot and swimming hole for residents of Jackson ........more >
Fall Creek Falls State Park
Fall Creek Falls State Resort Park is one of the most scenic and spectacular recreation areas in America. Its waterfalls, cascades, sparkling streams, gorges, timberland and an unmatched variety of recreation facilities and activities have made it one of the most popular parks in the Southeast. Fall ........more >
Franklin-Marion State Forest
Franklin State Forest was acquired in 1936 from the Cross Creek Coal Company and was highly degraded. Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division assumed management of the area in 1940. The Forest is on the Cumberland Plateau and located in south-central Tennessee, in Marion and Franklin ........more >
Grundy Forest State Natural Area
Grundy Forest is a 234-acre natural area located in Grundy County. In 1935, it was donated to the state by the town of Tracy City to accommodate a Civilian Conservation Corps CCC camp. The CCC built the picnic shelter here in the 1930's. The state originally managed the site as Grundy State Forest. ........more >
Harrison Bay State Park
The 1,200-acre Harrison Bay State Park, with approximately 40 miles of Chickamauga Lake shoreline, was originally developed as a Tennessee Valley Authority recreation demonstration area in the 1930's. Its name is derived from a large bay at the main channel of the Tennessee River that covers the old ........more >
Old Stone Fort State Park
This State Archaeological Park is dedicated to the preservation, protection, study and interpretation to the public of this significant survival of ancient culture. The park offers educational and entertaining programs which increase understanding of the Old Stone Fort, archaeology, and Native American ........more >
Pickett State Park And Forest
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Prentice Cooper State Forest
Prentice Cooper State Forest is located in southeastern Tennessee, in Marion County. The forest is approximately 10 miles west of Chattanooga and is heavily utilized by the public. It is situated on the scenic Tennessee River Gorge. The property for Prentice Cooper was acquired by simple purchase between ........more >
Roaring River State Scenic River
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Rock Island State Park
Rock Island State Park is an 883 acre park located on the headwaters of Center Hill Lake at the confluence of the Caney Fork, Collins and Rocky Rivers. The rugged beauty of the park includes the Caney Fork Gorge below Great Falls Dam. ........more >
Standing Stone State Forest
This Forest had its beginning in lands purchased by the Resettlement Adminis-tration and deeded to the State in 1955. It became a State Forest in 1961. It is located on the Eastern Highland Rim in Overton and Clay Counties. The forest is approximately 20 miles north of Cookeville and is bisected by ........more >
Virgin Falls State Natural Area
Virgin Falls is 1,157-acre natural area located in White County. The natural area is named for Virgin Falls, which is formed by an underground stream that emerges from a cave, then drops over a 110-foot high cliff before disappearing into another cave at the bottom of the sink. The area is noted for ........more >
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