Description - 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.
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Cumberland Mountain State Park
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.
- 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.
Meeting rooms are located downstairs in the restaurant. There are three meeting rooms that can accommodate 100 to 150 people.
The restaurant at Cumberland Mountain park can seat 150 people and overlooks beautiful Byrd Lake through several large windows. Visitors can expect a buffet offering excellent Southern cuisine that includes roast beef, baked ham, fried chicken, pork chops and catfish on Fridays. The buffet also offers a large variety of vegetables. Home made desserts, rolls and salad bar are prepared fresh daily.
Other points of interest are the Cumberland General Store and the Cumberland County Playhouse.
Recreation - Hiking, swimming and camping activities as well as badminton, basketball, horseshoes, playground, softball, tennis courts, and volleyball facilities are available at the park.
Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.
Take Interstate 40-East from Nashville, West from Knoxville-Exit on #317. Travel south on US Hwy. 127 for 9 miles, park entrance is on the right.