Explore All Nature has to Offer in the Cumberland Plateau
Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau runs diagonally across the state between Nashville and Manchester and is just west of the major Appalachian spine. Even though its heights do not quite match those of the Appalachians, this area is no less beautiful.
Explore a bountiful landscape full of gorges, waterfalls, natural bridges, sandstone outcroppings, and deep valleys that contain much of the U.S.’s forestland. A land filled with fragrant pines, oak, and hickory trees. The South Cumberland State Park system is just one of many preserved natural areas.
Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail follows a line of perfectly high ridges and deep gorges which lie along Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau. Plans are underway to continue the already existing trail from a few miles of unconnected sections to a full 282 miles from Cumberland Gap on the Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia border all the way to the Tennessee River Gorge near Alabama. A bucket list section of open trail is Grassy Cove, just outside of Crossville. Its southern viewpoint overlooks a 5-mile sinkhole.
Start your trip with a refreshing kayak or canoe trip in the Caney. There are several outfitters in the area that can supply you with rentals and everything else you’ll need for the ultimate river expedition. The fishing here is awesome, with rainbow trout plentiful in the crystal-clear waters.
Bee Rock Overlook
Located just west of Cookeville, this natural rock formation offers sweeping views of tree-laden mountains and rugged terrain. Indulge in quiet reflection on one of several boulders to be found at the top of the short trail that leads you here. You will be surrounded by rhododendron, endless pine, and mountain laurel.
A huge 20,000-acre chunk of Cumberland Plateau consists of this popular outdoor retreat. Envision babbling streams, thick forests, and cascading waterfalls in a lush setting. The shining star of it all is Fall Creek Falls itself; towering at 256 feet, it is the highest waterfall in the eastern United States. Other falls include Piney, Cane Creek, and Cane Creek Cascades. Golfers will delight in the 18-hole course nearby, and other adventurers can enjoy more than 70 aerial obstacles and zip lines at the Canopy Challenge Course.
Rugged wilderness awaits you here, where the waterfall splendor continues in 883 acres of it. Take the limestone paths leading to overlooks offering stunning views, and top spots not to miss are Caney Fork Gorge below Great Falls Dam. The most scenic is located along Eastern Highland Rim. You’ll hear the thunderous roar of the falls and feel the air thicken with moisture long before you lay eyes on it. Rising to 30 feet, the falls create a cascading horseshoe. Professional kayakers from around the globe come here to test themselves on the challenging waters. Other less daunting activities include fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing.
Come discover the world of possibilities here at the foothills of the Appalachians, while you stay with us at Manchester KOA Holiday!