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Cummins Falls State Park

Cummins Falls State Park

The Best Waterfalls

Cummins Falls was recently dedicated as the 54th State Park in Tennessee. It cascades 75 feet into one of the best swimming holes in the southeast.  It is a 211 acre park located nine miles north of Cookeville on the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River located where the rolling hills of Jackson and Putnam Counties meet.

You can reach Cummins Falls via Blackburn Fork Rd. and the parking area is only about a quarter of a mile passed the turnoff from Cummins Mills Road.

The pool at the base of Cummins Falls is one of the best swimming holes you could ask for, and fishing is also allowed along the banks of the Blackburn Fork river as long as you have a Tennessee Fishing License.

Things to do at Cummins Falls State Park

Allow at least an hour if not a little more for a round trip hike to the base of Cummins Falls. The hike was previously a precipitous climb and balancing act of a rock face and a badly eroded trail, but since the park was acquired for public use, much work has been completed to make the falls more accecible.

This section of the Blackburn fork is too shallow for boating, but fishing for bluegill and bass along the riverbank is permitted with a Tennessee fishing license.

Cummins Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in Tennessee and was named one of the top 10 best swimming holes in the United States in the “America’s Best Swimming Holes” article in Travel and Leisure magazine. The hike to the swimming hole requires a sure footendess and agility, but is well worth the effort.

For More Information

1544 Cummins Mill Road
Cookeville, TN 38501

Phone: (931) 261-3471
Website: http://www.tn.gov/environment/parks/CumminsFalls/

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