South Cumberland State Park RV & Campground Guide

Tennessee

South Cumberland State Park

sits within four different Tennessee counties – Sequatchie, Franklin, Marion, and Grundy – and is composed of 30,845 acres offering hiking and backcountry camping opportunities. The park features beautiful waterfalls, cascading streams, rocky gorges, lush woodlands, and spectacular rock formations. Visitors come to see the large waterfalls, with the tallest being Foster Falls in Marion County. Twelve trailheads provide hiking access through most sections of the park's unique ecosystems and ravines of the Southern Cumberland Plateau. The visitor center contains exhibits illustrating local history and wildlife with some audio and visual presentations available. Three main cities located near the state park are Monteagle, Tracy City, and Cowan.

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Weather
Spring 25-81 F
Summer 47-90 F
Fall 27-83 F
Winter 9-65 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in South Cumberland State Park

South Cumberland State Park is a great place to visit throughout the year, whether it's for a week or an all-day adventure. One amazing thing about this park is its proximity to amazing RV camping opportunities. Not an RV owner? No worries because RVshare has you covered. Check out the peer-to-peer platform on RVshare to find an RV that suits your family size and budget.

Foster Falls Campground

Foster Falls Campground sits inside of South Cumberland State Park. There are 26 rustic campsites ideal for tents and small trailers with no hookups, but heated showers and restrooms are available. All sites have a fire pit ring and a picnic table. The campsites are within walking distance of over 90 miles of backpacking trails, rock climbing, and a swimming pool. Pets are also welcome.

Manchester KOA Holiday

Featuring several campsites with a concrete pad, full hookups, cable TV, and complimentary Wi-Fi, Manchester KOA Holiday is between Nashville and Chattanooga on I-24 in the heart of Tennessee. This pet-friendly campground sits at the beginning of the Cumberland Plateau that extends to the Great Smoky Mountains. The campground is near The Secret Smokies and many other attractions.

Bigfoot Adventure RV Park and Campground

Experience the Tennessee woods at Bigfoot Adventure RV Park and Campground. Park you're RV on one of the many sites with partial or full hookup options. This campground spans over 500 acres of fun and endless possibilities to experience the great outdoors.

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What to Do at
South Cumberland State Park

Inside South Cumberland State Park

South Cumberland State Park boasts 90 miles of backpacking trails ranging from easy to rugged that give hikers panoramic overlooks, lush woodlands, waterfalls, and streams to observe. Swimming areas are available at Grundy Lakes, in addition to splash pools and creeks located in the park. Grundy Lakes also permits smaller boats with paddles and trolling motors for fishing and outdoor water recreational activities. The park has four large pavilions for party gatherings and eight other remote picnic areas with grills. Other amenities include beach volleyball, tennis, horseshoes, basketball, and baseball; if you don't have the proper equipment for these games, you can rent them at the park office. 

Outside South Cumberland State Park

Although you can find much to do and see inside the state park, the surrounding area also provides great exploration opportunities. You'll find different cultural restaurants that serve authentic Chinese, Italian, and American dishes. You can take care of your retail itch by shopping at the many shops outside the park. Many attractions are also available in the nearby cities, from a zoo and aquarium to museums and other fascinating adventures. 

Restaurants

High Point Restaurant

Enjoy a beautiful view of the mountain while eating at High Point Restaurant. It features talented chefs who whip up delicious pasta, steak, salmon, and more.

Type: American

Location: 224 Main Street, Monteagle, TN 37356

Jim Oliver's Smoke House

Jim Oliver's Smoke House is a family-owned and operated business that serves the best homestyle cooking. Live music performances are featured every Friday and Saturday evening.

Type: American

Location: 850 West Main Street, Monteagle, TN 37356

Shan Chinese Buffet

With many authentic Chinese food options to select from, you'll be able to get your fill at the Shan Chinese Buffet restaurant. They are open daily, so you'll always have an opportunity to eat here while you're in the area.

Type: Chinese

Location: 211 Dixie, Lee Highway, Monteagle, TN 37356

Waffle House

Enjoy breakfast all day at the Waffle House. The restaurant also serves lunch and dinner favorites that include Angus beef burgers, Texas melts, and more.

Type: American

Location: 705 West Main Street Monteagle, TN 37356

Papa Ron’s Pizza & Italian Steakhouse

Papa Ron’s Pizza & Italian Steakhouse features salad, sandwiches, steak, and Italian pasta dish options. Of course, there are many pizza selections available as well.

Type: Italian

Location: 402 West Main Street, Monteagle, TN 37356

Shopping

The Amish Hippie

The Amish Hippie is the ideal place to shop for Amish products that include raspberry jam, soap, gift baskets, and more. They describe their items as fun, funky, and unique, so you're sure to find something interesting to take home with you. 

Location: 808 West Main Street, Monteagle, TN 37356

Mountain Outfitters

Mountain Outfitters supplies outdoor items for men and women interested in camping, hiking, climbing, trail running, skiing, or any other outdoor sport. The store sits a short drive from the South Cumberland State Park, so you'll have quick access to all your outdoor camping and recreational needs.

Location: 903 West Main Street, Monteagle, TN 37356

Mooney's Market & Emporium

Mooney's Market & Emporium has antiques, books, hand-knitted items, and more to select from as a keepsake or gift. Grocery items are sold at the market, including organic, fresh produce and gluten-free items.

Location: 1265 West Main Street, Monteagle, TN 37356

Dollar Tree

Dollar Tree is a small discount store where everything only costs a dollar or less. You can select from high-quality kitchen utensils, baby supplies, and small gift items. Snacks and beverages are also sold at this store.

Location: 60 Main Street, Monteagle, TN 37356

Piggly Wiggly

Piggly Wiggly is an independently owned and operated business. The store has fresh produce, fresh baked goods, and various meat products.

Location: 754 West Main Street, Monteagle, TN 37356

Sightseeing

Bigfoot Adventure Zipline

Soar through the air with highly trained guides at Bigfoot Adventure Zipline. The instructors will teach you all there is to know about any of the eight zipline courses that travel through tree lines and over the ponds at Baggenstoss Farms.

Location: 514 Brawley Road, Tracy City, TN

Cowan Railroad Museum

Cowan Railroad Museum is open between May through October with a small admission fee. The museum features well over 1,000 interesting historical exhibits that pertain to the railroad in and around Cowan. You'll be able to view artifacts, steam locomotives, HO scale model railroads, and more.

Location: 108 North Front Street, Cowan, TN 37318

Sam H Werner Military Museum

Sam H Werner Military Museum showcases a wide selection of military vehicles and artifacts from over 50 years ago, with some collections presenting WWI items. All showcased items are to pay tribute to those brave souls who fought for our country. The military museum is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: 1148 West Main Street, Monteagle, TN 37356

Tennessee Aquarium

Trace the pathway of water from the mountains to the sea at Tennessee Aquarium. You'll come face-to-face with mesmerizing native animals and other remarkable creatures that roam the earth, including amphibians, birds, fish, invertebrates, mammals, and reptiles. The museum is open Sunday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It's closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Location: One Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402

Chattanooga Zoo

Visit the exotic animals at the Chattanooga Zoo and find out about their habitat and way of life. Animals you should expect to see at the zoo are giraffes, chimpanzees, jaguars, Komodo dragons, cougars, and snow leopards. Zoo amenities include free parking, restrooms, a nursing station, and a gift shop. There are also a snack cart and restaurant on-site.

Location: 301 North Holtzclaw Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404

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How to Get to
South Cumberland State Park

From Monteagle, you'll want to head east on West Main Street toward Winston Avenue. Turn left onto Fairmont Avenue. This road will turn slightly right and become US 41 South/Tracy Road. Go roughly two miles and turn left into the state park.

Entering South Cumberland State Park

The South Cumberland State Park hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to sunset daily.

Per vehicle (1-4 adults) : $0

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