Every year, the Upper Cumberland attracts new people and tourists to the area. With all of the natural waterfalls, state parks and clean lakes, it’s easy to see why the Upper Cumberland is one of the most scenic places in the south. Looking to visit the area? Here is a list of the Most Scenic Places in the Upper Cumberland.

Cummin Falls

Jackson County, Tennessee

Named 1 of the 10 best swimming holes in America by Travel and Leisure magazine, this amazing state park is a must see. The falls stand at 75′ high, and it’s noted as the 8th largest waterfall in volume in Tennessee.

Burgess Falls State Park

Sparta, Tennessee

Located on the Falling Water River, Burgess Falls is known for its beauty and 4 waterfalls that are 250+ feet high.

Virgin Falls

Sparta, Tennessee

Another huge waterfall, Virgin Falls stands at 110-foot high and located near the Bridgestone Firestone Centennial Wilderness in White County.

Ozone Falls

Cumberland County, Tennessee

Ozone Falls is a 43-acre natural area in Cumberland County. The waterfall drops into a pool that is great for swimming. A rock house amphitheater can be seen behind the falls that was created over time by nature. Cool fact: Ozone Falls was selected for filming scenes for the movie “Jungle Book.”

Rock Island State Park

Rock Island, Tennessee

Rock Island State Park is a massive park located on the headwaters of Center Hill Lake. The park has several hiking trails with some pretty amazing views. The park includes an Old cotton mill, spring castle, beach & waterfalls.

10 Hiking Trails in the Upper Cumberland

Bee Rock

Monterey, Tennessee

If you want to get the best view of Tennessee and really see the lay of the land, visit Bee Rock. A short trail leads you to a steep look out point. There’s no telling how many miles far you can see! Looking to spend the weekend? Stay at The Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast.

Cane Creek Park

Cookeville, Tennessee

With a lengthy walking trail, Cane Creek Park is the perfect place to take a stroll or jog. Stop by the lake, feed the ducks and capture a postcard worthy snapshot.

Fall Creek Falls

Spencer, Tennessee

Fall Creek Falls State Park is Tennessee’s largest state park. Fall Creek Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern U.S. You’ll also see other waterfalls within the park!

Standing Stone State Park

Hilham, Tennessee

Standing Stone State Park is located in Standing Stone State Forest on the Cumberland Plateau. The park takes its name from the Standing Stone, a 12′ tall rock standing upright.

Cumberland Mountain State Park

Crossville, Tennessee

Spend the day at Cumberland Mountain State Park! This large park entails recreational activities, including hiking, swimming, and beautiful picnicking areas. Grab a bite to eat at the Homestead Harvest Restaurant!


The Upper Cumberland region is the most scenic place in the South! Visit and see for yourself!

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Do you enjoy hiking? Check out these 10 hiking trails in the Upper Cumberland!

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