A park with history in the Cumberland Plateau.
Cumberland Mountain State Park is located in Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau near the city of Crossville. It opened in 1940 as a result of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal after the Great Depression. The Cumberland Homesteads Project was initiated to bring poverty stricken families to the Homestead area to help them get back on their feet again.
The photographic bridge in the park, built from the local area resources, is my favorite thing in the park. It is built of local sandstone and Crab Orchard stone. I have heard it may be the largest non-reinforced dam in the world. Before leaving the park, I suggest walking on the dam side (not the lake side) to see how the bridge is made.
Today, the park has cabins and campsites to rent, hiking trails, picnic tables and pavilions, and an olympic sized pool. Various sports courts, such as tennis and basketball, are available. There is an onsite restaurant that overlooks the man made Byrd Lake. On the back of the park is the Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, “Bear Trace.”
Cumberland Mountain State Park hosts community events throughout the year. I suggest following their Facebook page to keep up with the park happenings. Just behind the restaurant is a newly built museum that tells the history of the park.
This park is enjoyable any time of the year. Kayaks and boats are available to rent during the warmer months. While I have never personally seen anyone catch a lot of fish, it is enjoyed here at Byrd Lake. Photographer lovers will enjoy the reflection of the colorful trees in the fall on the water. The bridge filled with so much history, is pretty when it snows, too!