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Cummins Falls State Park

1081 Cummins Mill Road, Cookeville, Tennessee 38501 USA

Open Now
Mon 8a-6p
  • Independent
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating

“One of the best swimming holes in the USA!”

Cummins Falls State Park is a 211 acre park located nine miles north of Cookeville on the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River. In the rolling hills of Jackson County where Putnam and Jackson counties meet, the stream gives way to a 75 foot drop. This park is located in the Cordell Hull Watershed. The forest that borders the river includes a variety of oaks, beech, buckeye, sycamore and hemlock. Woodland plants include October’s lady tresses, star chickweed, liverleaf and Allegheny spurge. The property’s long forested streamside protects turkey, quail, eagles and other birds; soft-shell and other turtles; fox, mink, and myriad insects including damselflies and dragonflies. Cummins Falls 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 article reads “It’s a hard-earned scramble to the bottom that involves hiking to the overlook, wading across the ankle-deep stream, climbing up to the ridge, and using a rope guide to walk yourself down to the water. This is not a swimming hole for lightweights. Translation: expect a younger crowd. But if you’re agile (and sure-footed), the descent into the cavernous pool is worth the effort."

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Reviewed by
ghollin

  • 1 Review
  • 3 Helpful
March 13, 2013

It is off of Blackburn Fork.

From I-40, take exit 280 to TN-56 North toward Gainesboro for 7.7 miles. Turn right on TN-290, go 0.9 miles. Turn left onto Cummins Mill Road for 2.9 miles. Turn left onto Blackburn Fork Road for 0.2 miles.

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Reviewed by
Anna Hider

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  • 1,326 Reviews
  • 489 Helpful
August 31, 2014
Rated 4.0

Make sure you test how deep the water is before you jump off the ledges-- but this is one of the best swimming holes in the country for sure!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
malinm

  • 4 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
August 28, 2014

20 minutes from the highway and a 20 minute hike. But it was well worth it! Swimming beneath those falls was incredible.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ISABELBURROWS

  • 6 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
July 17, 2015
Rated 5.0

Great hike and fabulous waterfall and swimming hole!!! Make sure you are prepared!!! You will NEED water shoes with good grip/traction as the moss covered rocks are very slippery and there are a lot of sharp rocky surfaces and you are walking along the river/stream for some parts. You will likely want to wear a bathing suit to take a dip in the water at the base of the falls. Also recommend quick drying clothing shorts would be most ideal. You may want/need A waterproof phone or camera case or consider leaving it in the car. You may at times need 2 hands to navigate over later rocks and obstacles. The terrain is rugged but the hike is not too difficult. There is a short but steep hill to climb up at the end. Be sure to pack a change of clothes or go home wet! May also want to bring a towel. Could be difficult for kids to do independently although there were many kids along the trail doing just fine. Absolutely worth the short detour to find the place. There is also a great fruit stand between the freeway and the park. Fresh fruit/veg and reasonable price -- seasonal (limited) selection.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
trippervaca

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
September 23, 2014

Really enjoyed hiking and swimming here. Couldn't have asked for better weather or nicer people along the trail. Wear good hiking shoes.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Shane and Jeena

  • 5 Reviews
  • 11 Helpful
June 04, 2014

Even if you don't want to hike down and swim, the view from the overlook is worth the visit!

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Reviewed by
mhoffman338

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
April 19, 2018
Rated 5.0

Medium challenging but not too far of a hike down to the river, then scrambling, wading, down the river bed to the final falls and swimming hole. Beautiful hike and refreshing swim on a warm day. Don't miss this!

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Reviewed by
crystallcolson

  • 12 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
November 13, 2017

Waterfall was absolutely stunning!!! We planned on going swimming when we arrived but due to a ton of rain they placed it off limits for swimming. So we hiked one of the trails instead and it was gorgeous even with the cloudy, damp weather. The sun came out just as we were leaving :( Will definitely have to visit again!

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Reviewed by
MarisaSanabia

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
August 30, 2016
Rated 5.0

So worth the stop! We had a blast! They are not kidding when they say wear appropriate shoes! Road trippers has not steered me wrong so grateful for this app have been finding the best places!

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Reviewed by
Nancy Sewell

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  • 216 Helpful
August 14, 2016

day use park, no camping

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Cummins Falls State Park

1081 Cummins Mill Road
Cookeville, Tennessee
38501 USA

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Open now until 6:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating

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