Cumberland Mountain State Park RV & Campground Guide


Cumberland Mountain State Park is on part of the Cumberland Plateau, which extends from western New York to Alabama. The 1,720 acres of land was acquired in 1938 to set up a recreational area for new families in the area as a result of the New Deal era relocating poverty-stricken families to the Cumberland Plateau. Byrd Creek was impounded in the 1930s into Byrd Lake, establishing water activities at the park. The Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain Golf Course features brooks, pines and many elevation changes. Cumberland Mountain State Park also has an on-site restaurant, a designated backcountry camping area, cabins and RV camping.

Nearby Cities

  • Crossville, TN

  • Lake Tansi, TN

  • Knoxville, TN

  • Cookeville, TN

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Spring 34–77 F
Summer 58–86 F
Fall 32–80 F
Winter 25–50 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Cumberland Mountain State Park

Campground Accommodations

Cumberland Mountain State Park Campground

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Max RV length: 100 feet

  • Other amenities: Picnic tables, grills, bathhouse, accessible campsites available, an accessible bathhouse available

The Ballyhoo Family Campground

Located only minutes from the entrance to the state park, the Ballyhoo Family Campground is a great first choice if you couldn’t quite make reservations at Cumberland Mountain fast enough. With full hookups and fun organized events at prices that match the park’s, it’s the perfect spot to settle!

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: yes

  • Wifi: yes

  • Pet-friendly: yes

  • Other amenities: hiking trails, open field for sports and games, bath house, organized events

Crossville/I-40 KOA

If you’ve been camping for a while, chances are you’ve stayed in a KOA or four -- and you know why they’re considered industry standard. The Crossville/I-40 KOA is no different. With big-rig-friendly accommodations, an on-site dog park, and a well-stocked campground store complete with propane and firewood, you’ll definitely be set for your stay!

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: yes

  • Wifi: yes

  • Pet-friendly: yes

  • Other amenities: on-site dog park, air conditioned recreation room, play room with pool and ping pong, 1-mile walking and biking trail, tour guide and shopping shuttle

Bean Pot Campground

Free Wifi, free coffee, and a swimming pool -- along with luxurious full-hookup sites? Sign us up! All these and more are reasons Bean Pot Campground is a great spot to spend your Cumberland Mountain State Park 

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: yes

  • Wifi: yes

  • Pet-friendly: yes

  • Other amenities: clubhouse with kitchen facilities, on-site campground store with propane, laundry, TV room, book exchange, swimming pool, horseshoe pit

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What to Do at
Cumberland Mountain State Park

Bring your golf clubs to golf at one of the most popular courses in Tennessee. Rolling elevations, trees and a 6,900-yard, par 72 layout design present a challenge. Rentals are available if you don't have golf clubs. You can also sign up for beginner lessons. Cumberland Mountain State Park attracts anglers, mountain bikers and hikers, too.

Cumberland Mountain State Park has excellent hiking, mountain biking and nature watching opportunities among other enjoyable outdoor activities.

Inside Cumberland Mountain State Park

So: what is there to do inside Cumberland Mountain State Park, anyway?

So glad you asked.

Fishing, boating, and paddling - Byrd Lake is one of the biggest draws of this beautiful countryside locale, and paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, and fishing boats available for rental, you’ve got plenty of ways to explore it. Fishing is also permitted to licensed fisherfolk, who can reel in stocked trout in the winter and bass, bluegill, and catfish year round.

Swimming - Whether it’s the lake or the Olympic-sized swimming pool, complete with both one-meter and three-meter diving boards, you can definitely get wet and wild to beat the Tennessee heat! 

Hiking and biking - With 14 miles of walking trails and the state’s very first dedicated mountain bike trail as well, if you’re looking for terrestrial fun, there’s no shortage at Cumberland Mountain State Park.

Fishing Fishing

You can catch bass, catfish and bluegill anytime of the year at Byrd Lake. In the winter, the park adds trout to the lake.

Nature Watching Nature Watching

At Byrd Lake, you may see ducks, herons and belted kingfishers. In the forest, you can spot scarlet tanagers, flycatchers, woodpeckers, tufted titmice, indigo buntings, yellow-billed cuckoos and warblers. Other possible wildlife sightings are eastern cottontail rabbits, American beavers, eastern moles and big brown bats.

Flora and Fauna

Pink lady's slipper and other vibrant wildflowers grow in Cumberland Mountain State Park. You can hike the Cumberland Plateau Nature Trail in late spring to see the blooming wildflowers. Other notable flora in Cumberland Mountain State Park are mountain laurel and rhododendron. You can see these flowering plants on the Pioneer Short Loop Trail and the Pioneer Loop Trail. Many species of trees live in the park, including oaks, hickories, white pines, Virginia pines, black gums and sourwoods.

Hiking Hiking

Walk through areas of hemlock treetop canopies, across a small creek and over a bridge that was built by an eagle scout on Byrd Creek Trail. You can take the Pioneer Short Loop Trail for an easy hike or the longer Pioneer Loop Trail for a moderate hike. On the Pioneer Short Loop Trail, you'll come across a swinging bridge, man-made rock steps and picnic rock, which is a rock overlook. Overnight Trail is a 5.95-mile difficult trail with plenty of flora viewing opportunities, including pink lady's slippers, white pines, Virginia pines, black gums, sourwoods, hickories and oaks. There are several creeks and streams and a swinging bridge as well.


You can launch personal kayaks, canoes, paddle boats and johnboats from a boat launch at Byrd Lake for a small fee. The boat dock is open from Memorial Day to the end of July and on weekends from August to October. It opens at 8 a.m., and the last rental is at 5:30 p.m.

Swimming Swimming

Cumberland Mountain State Park has a swimming pool that's open on the weekends if you'd like to swim during your stay. The deep end is 13 feet, and there are two 1-meter diving boards. Children can also splash around in a wading pool. A snack bar at the pool offers convenient refreshments. The pool also has restrooms, showers and changing areas. It costs $6 per person above the age of 1. For a fee, you can schedule a two-hour pool party for your group.


Experienced mountain bikers will want to tackle the Rock City Trail and the Hurricane jump line. Beginners can have fun with the Peter Rabbit jump line. Other mountain biking trails of a moderate difficulty rating include Devil Dog and Alley Cat. They feature jump lines and technical downhill lines. Hiking isn't allowed on the biking-only trails at Cumberland Mountain State Park. Riders must also wear helmets.

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How to Get to
Cumberland Mountain State Park

Cumberland Mountain State Park is located off of Highway 127 at 24 Office Drive, Crossville, TN 38555. Accessing the park is easy for RVs of all sizes. From Crossville, travel southeast on US-127 S, and turn right onto TN-419 N. You'll need to soon make a slight right to stay on TN-419 N, and then turn left onto Play Drive. The park will be on the left-hand side. Tennessee state parks don't charge entrance fees.

Entering Cumberland Mountain State Park

There are parking lots near the park office, recreation areas, Byrd Lake and the hiking trails. The campground also has a parking area for people who are camping. Parking is at no cost to visitors for any vehicle.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Cumberland Mountain State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Cumberland Mountain State Park?

April through October is the peak season for visiting Cumberland Mountain State Park. You can enjoy blooming flowers or fall foliage, depending on which season you visit.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Cumberland Mountain State Park?

Cumberland Mountain State Park is an excellent area for birdwatching. Species that you may see include yellow-billed cuckoos, indigo buntings, tufted titmice, woodpeckers, scarlet tanagers, flycatchers and warblers. Other wildlife in the park that you can spot are eastern cottontail rabbits, eastern moles, American beavers and big brown bats.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Cumberland Mountain State Park?

Yes, there are designated RV camping spots at Cumberland Mountain State Park. Most of them have electric and water hookups available.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Cumberland Mountain State Park and what is the cost?

If you need a sewer hookup, only a few campsites in Area 1 offer a sewer hookup, so you'll certainly want to make a reservation. It costs $5 to make a reservation, and the average nightly cost of RV camping at Cumberland Mountain State Park is $36.

Are pets allowed at Cumberland Mountain State Park?

Pets are allowed at Cumberland Mountain State Park if they are on a leash. Owners must supervise their pets at all times as well.