Beginning as part of the greater Cumberland Homesteads Project during the New Deal era of the 1930s, Cumberland Mountain State Park is part of the Cumberland Plateau, which is said to be the most massive timbered plateau in the United States.
The Homesteads Project was a 1930s initiative by the U.S. Government to help low-income families relocate to small, pre-prepared farms that existed on what is now the Cumberland Homestead community. Cumberland Mountain State Park was originally built as a way to entertain these families as they adjusted to their new surroundings.
Because of this, Cumberland Mountain State Park contains several preserved buildings from the 1930s and 40s that visitors can explore. Camping is a significant component of what makes Cumberland Mountain State Park so popular. There are a combined total of 145 campsites and RV platforms for guests to reserve and enjoy. There are five campgrounds in total, four of which are handicapped-accessible.
For more information on these sites, you can visit the Tennesee State Parks website. Canines are allowed on most of these sites for an additional fee. All canines are required to be on a 6-foot leash or shorter. An 8-mile hiking trail exists here that contains a dedicated campsite for backpackers. As these sites are for itinerant individuals, no reservations can be made for this particular site.
This 8-mile stretch is part of a more extensive trail system that contains fourteen total miles of paths. These experiences can vary from recreational to athletic, so visitors would be wise to do their research before setting off. If you're looking to bring your canine, make sure you keep them leashed throughout your visit.
No doggie disposal stations exist here, so be prepared to pack plastic bags for any business your canine might leave behind. For visitors who are looking the get out on the water, kayak and canoe rental are available here for a small fee. Two docks exist to get your vessel onto the water, provided you carry the proper licenses. Canines are allowed on the shorelines provided they stay restrained.