Today’s the day! We are thrilled to kick off our newest blog series, Middle Tennessee Parks!
Through this series, we will take a look at a sampling of the best parks in and around Nashville. With fall in full swing, the weather has finally cooled down, and the crisp air makes this season an opportune time to enjoy the great outdoors at one of Middle Tennessee’s beautiful parks.
Today, we will bring you on a ‘tour’ of Cummins Falls State Park in Cookeville, Tenn. While Cummins Falls is about an hour and a half from Nashville, it is definitely worth the extra few minutes on the road and makes for a great weekend adventure.
Cummins Falls is one of the newest state parks in Tennessee, and (in our most humble opinion!) one of the most beautiful as well. It is located on 221 acres on the border of Putnam and Jackson counties. The waterfall is a 75 foot drop of the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River into a phenomenal swimming hole at the bottom. In fact, the swimming hole was named one of the top 10 swimming holes in the country by Travel and Leisure magazine.
It is believed that the area around the falls was a very popular Native American hunting grounds because of the numerous arrowheads found in the area. Revolutionary War veteran Sergeant Blackburn was given this land in the 1790s in lieu of a pension. Around 1825 the land was acquired by John Cummins, where he built watermills on the river. Even after the mills were long gone, the land stayed in the Cummins family until recently when the land was purchased for resale to the state of Tennessee to become a state park.
The park is opened year-round from 8 a.m. until sunset. There is about a mile hike to get from the parking lot to the swimming hole, but there is also a viewing area at the beginning of the trail.
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Cummins Falls is one of the treasurers that makes Middle Tennessee the perfect place to call home. Visit its website here.