Byrd Creek Trail Run - May 4
This annual event includes a 15k trail run, a 3.6 mile run, and, for those who prefer shorter distances, a 1.8 mile fun run. The activities start at 7:30 a.m. CT at the upper playground. Pre-registration entry fees are $10 for the 1.8 mi Fun Run and $25 for the 15K and 3.6mi Trail Runs. The registration deadline is April 30; registration will also be available on the day of the event from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. CT. Entry fees the day of the event are $15 for the 1.8 mi Fun Run and $30 for the 15K and 3.6 mi Trail Runs. Hosted by the Tennessee Park Ranger Association; the runs befit the Ranger Scholarship Fund and Cumberland Mountain’s Junior Ranger program for kids. For more information call Ranger Monica Johnson at 931-484-6138. View flyer.
NEW - Campsite Reservation System
Online reservations for campsites are now available. This service will offer visitors more ease and convenience when it comes to their park stay.
» Cumberland Mountain Campground Reservations
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 to provide a recreational area for some 250 families selected to homestead on the Cumberland Plateau.
The Homestead Museum, located one mile from the park, depicts the Cumberland Homestead Community of the 1930's. This community built the park along with help from the CCC and WPA.
Specials and Promotions
» Father's Day - Sunday, June 16
|Due to construction on the boat dock foot bridge, the level of the lake is below normal. The Boat dock will remain closed until the regular operating season begins, Memorial Day weekend. Personal kayaks and canoes are still permitted.
The park offers for rent paddleboats, canoes, row boats, and fishing boats with electric trolling motor for use on Byrd Lake. The boat dock is open May-October. Personal kayaks and canoes are allowed for use on Byrd Lake.
Tennessee Boating Regulations (exit TDEC)
Rustic cabins are nestled in the woods at Cumberland Mountain State Park and have fully equipped kitchens, cable TV, fireplaces (except single cabins), linens, picnic tables and grills. Firewood is provided for those cabins with fireplaces, October 1 through April 30. Parking is provided in the front of each cabin.
Class A cabins can accommodate two people.
Class AA can accommodate four people.
Class AAA Deluxe can accommodate eight people
Class AAA Timber lodge can accommodate ten people.
Coon Hollow Cabin- can accommodate six people. It has 2 bedrooms upstairs and 1 bedroom downstairs with a double bed in each bedroom. It is fully furnished with all cooking utensils, linens, fireplace, and central heat and air.
The Mill House cabin can accommodate up to 16 people.
Cabins may be reserved up to two years in advance.
NEW – Cumberland Mountain Campground Reservations are now available online.
Cumberland Mountain park has a combined total of 145 tent and RV campsites with hookups provided. Picnic tables, grills and bathhouse facilities are also provided. There is a $3 shower fee for non-campers. Seven adults are allowed to camp at each site.
Additionally, there is a place designated on the overnight trail for backcountry camping.
Events and Programs
Interpretive programs are held from June-August by the seasonal naturalist and seasonal recreation directors. The programs cover a broad spectrum of interests. Groups with specific interests can call the park to arrange special programs. Park rangers are available for programs on a year round basis.
2013 Events include:
Volunteer Days - March 3, March 17, April 7, April 21 - View Flyer
Jan. 1 - First Hike
March 3 - Birds of Prey Program - View flyer
April 6 - Guided Spring Wildflower Walk at Ozone Falls State Natural Area, 9 am & Natural Spring Splendor of the Piney Falls State Natural Area, 1 pm - View flyer
April 20 - Earth Day, Exotic Plant Removal at Cumberland Mountain State Park - View flyer
May 4 - Byrd Creek 15K Trail Run - View details, View brochure.
June 7-8 - "Overnight" Junior Ranger Camp - View flyer
10-14 - Junior Ranger Day Camp - View flyer
June 17-19 - "Junior" Junior Ranger Day Camp - View flyer
The park offers fishing on Byrd Lake and visitors can expect catches of rainbow trout, catfish, bass, bluegill and bream. Fishing from the bank is allowed except for posted areas.
Tennessee Fishing Regulations (exit TDEC)
Tennessee State Parks fishing policies
Situated in the heart of Tennessee's scenic Cumberland Plateau, The Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain has been consistently recognized as a top course in the southeastern United States. The Jack Nicklaus signature layout features a design that capitalizes on elevation changes, as well as natural features, such as flowing brooks and clustered, mature pines. The course also incorporates another of the region's natural resources, layered flagstone, on the approach to its signature holes. Call 1-888-800-BEAR (2327) to contact the pro shop.
Tee times may be reserved by calling the golf course or you may make Online Tee Time Reservations at The Bear Trace Golf Course at Cumberland Mountain.
Learn more about the Bear Trace Golf Course at Cumberland Mountain on the Tennessee Golf Trail
Notice: The foot bridge at the boat dock connecting trails 4, 5, and 6 is currently under repair and will reopen May (Memorial Day weekend) 2013.
The park offers several miles of moderate trails around the lake,
creek and in the woods. Overnight camping is allowed only on the “Overnight” Trail. See link below. Trails
are open year-round.
Hiking Map (.pdf format)
Meeting rooms are located in the Recreation Hall and in the downstairs area of the restaurant. The Rec Hall can accommodate up to 250 people. There
are three meeting rooms in the restaurant area that can accommodate from 50-150 people depending on
- Overhead projector
- Flip charts
- LCD projector
- Internet connection (only available at the restaurant)
TN State Parks Banquet Menu Guide
Picnic tables equipped with grills can be found throughout the park at the Recreation Lodge parking lot area, playground area, tennis court area and the boat dock area.
The park has four picnic pavilions that can be reserved for larger groups. Pavilions can be reserved up to one year in advance.
The park is renowned for the catfish it serves every Friday. Other features include seafood buffet, pork chops and chicken. The buffet includes a full salad bar and other hot vegetables. Of course, you need to save room for various homemade desserts - especially the banana pudding, made from scratch! Free WiFi to restaurant guests.Tour buses are welcome. For more information, call 931-484-7186.
View the printable menu. Or, if you are planning a banquet, be sure to check out our banquet menu guide.
Cumberland Mtn. Restaurant Schedule (Seasonal Schedule)
Sunday: Serving 11 am - 8 pm CT.
Tuesday: Lunch 11 am - 2:30 pm. Dinner (Seafood Night) 4 pm - 8 pm CT.
Wednesday: Lunch 11 am - 2:30 pm. Dinner 4 pm - 8 pm CT.
Thursday: Lunch 11 am - 2:30 pm. Dinner 4 pm - 8 pm CT.
Friday – Catfish Day. Lunch 11 am - 2:30 pm. Dinner 4 pm - 8 pm CT.
Saturday – Lunch 11 am - 2:30 pm. Dinner (Rib Night) 4 - 8 pm CT.
Activities featured at the park include: basketball, board games, horseshoes, playground, softball, tennis courts (4), and volleyball.
The pool is closed on Monday, except Holiday weeks. Please call the park for those schedules. Cabin and camping guests will pay half price for admission to the pool. Operating schedule is Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. After school starts back until Labor Day weekend, the pool is closed in the middle of the week.