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TENNESSEE WILDLIFE VIEWING TRAIL » East Tennessee
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South Cumberland State Park

Site Directions: To get to South Cumberland State Park, take exit 134 off I-24, take a right to Monteagle, turn left on Hwy. 41, drive three miles and the Visitor's center is located on the left.
Lat: 35.45361°N Long: -85.604007°W
Hours: 7 am to sunset daily
Seasonality: year round
Fees: none

Site Description: South Cumberland State park lies atop the Cumberland Plateau and, unlike most state parks, it is made up of ten different areas located in four different counties (including Grundy Lakes State Park, Natural Bridge State Natural Area, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Grundy Forest State Natural Area, Foster Falls State Natural Area). The Visitor Center is located between Monteagle and Tracy City on Highway 41. From here the various components of the park are managed. Visitors can also obtain information and directions from the visitor center. We recommend that visitors come to the Visitor's Center first and plan trips to the other areas of the park from there. The rangers offer a wide variety of activities and lead hikes and tours to many of the places throughout the park, and will even customize your tour if you call in advance.

Wildlife to Watch: Through hiking trails and paths, visitors can find a variety of Neotropical migratory songbirds and resident birds present. Wildflowers put on a nice show in spring.


For more information:

South Cumberland State Park web site

Map of the South Cumberland State Park units

Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau Nature Trail


Submit your data to eBird and help us build a list of birds seen at this site


Be sure to check out our Safety Tips page for important information regarding viewing wildlife in these areas.