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Cummins Falls State Park

390 Cummins Falls Lane

Cummins Falls State Park is an idyllic, but rugged, 211-acre day-use park located nine miles north of Cookeville on the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River on the Eastern Highland Rim. Located in the Cordell Hull Watershed, the area has been a scenic spot and swimming hole for local residents of Jackson and Putnam counties for more than 100 years. Cummins Falls is Tennessee's eighth largest waterfall in volume of water and is 75 feet high.


Jodie Voisine

Thursday, July 19, 2018
We had lots of fun hiking to and from the falls. There are a few places to stop and take a dip in the creek or detour to check out something neat like a cool rock formation and a small trickling waterfall. The area around the falls was mostly clean as well as going to and from. The swimming area at the base of the falls is big and deep in some spots. You can climb halfway up the falls and stand in the waterfall which was really awesome. It was crowded even on a Monday but not near as crowded as the weekends from what I've heard. When we got there we had to circle the parking lot a couple times to find an open spot. The hike there was easy because the first half is downhill but hiking back up was not so easy. The bathrooms were decent but could've used some attention and there was a line.

Matthew Lindsay

Friday, July 13, 2018
It’s no easy effort, to get in and out of the falls area, but it’s like nothing in this world once you make it to your final destination. The natural landscape of the tiered waterfall(s) and swimming area is nothing less than magical - a true treasure of TN. There is a reason why this location is so popular with not only Tennesseans, but visitors from around the globe. Yes, the path isn’t great (needs an upgrade and can be tight/slippery) and going up the riverbed is cumbersome, but parking is free and prolific, and the trek only adds to the sense of adventure. This is a must- see on any nature-lover’s bucket list. FYI - cheap, pool-side water shoes really won’t suffice for this trip. I packed hiking shoes and rugged all- terrain hiking sandals/shoes - you’ll need them when traversing the riverbed.

Donette Hightower

Monday, July 23, 2018
It was a hike to get back to where the waterfall is but it was so with it. It was absolutely breathtaking and so beautiful. I do recommend wearing water shoes or tennis shoes for sure. Do not wear flip flops. And the water was warm it was a great trip for the whole family. I definitely recommend this place for a family trip but plan on spending the whole day there so you can explore the area. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed. We had so much fun and we will be going back.

Ryan Scott

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
I would rate the hike as moderate in the correct shoes. You're definitely going to want water shoes or hiking sandals, not flip flops or slides, or even tennis shoes once you get down to the river. There is a lengthy part of the hike that will take you alongside and into the river to get to the falls. The falls are beautiful though. The swimming hole is great. Bring a life jacket just in case, especially if you're not a strong swimmer. They do provide some close to the falls though. There is a spot that you can jump into the swimming hole which is fun. You can also make your way up to the falls and feel the power of the water as it comes down. Great for pictures. The overlook is worth the extra 3/4 or so mile hike. Also, on the way to the falls, once you're on the river, make sure to stop off at the smaller waterfall on the opposite side as the trail. It's a 2 in one waterfall and a good rest/picture spot.

Brandie Sopko

Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
Love love love these falls. I will return many more times. Great for the whole family. When walking up stream be careful watch your footing it does drop off about several inches in a few spots so watch out for that while in the water. I did see a couple of snakes in the water but they appeared to be harmless. Not a fan of snakes but I wasn't worried. Steep narrow trail on the return, a hiking stick might be easier for some. Stay on the trail it can be slippery in areas. Clear storage on your water proof phone in advance if you want to take photos standing behind the falls. I made the mistake and couldn't take the pics I wish I had. There is no place to change near the falls so do so before hitting the trail. I wasn't sure what to expect on the hike so we left my 4 year old and my 9 month old back at home. Good thing the little ones require more attention on the hike and I saw several people struggling with their little ones and others made the trip with young kids look easy so it's up to you. My 13 year old joined us and he was jumping off rocks into the water. There are several dry places to leave your belongings if you choose to swim. Bring your water shoes, leave the alcohol and flip flops behind. Have fun and don't litter.

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