Waterfalls, Bluegrass, Romance & History

Upper Cumberland

The beauty of the Upper Cumberland calls out to the need for adventure. You’ll find it across the Cumberland Plateau, along wild rivers, in our grassroots music and among the stories of our heroes and statesmen.

Have you ever seen a picture you wish you could jump into? In the Upper Cumberland region of Middle Tennessee, you can bring that photo to life. The Upper Cumberland brims with geological, botanical and scenic wonders.

Ride horseback alongside rushing whitewater. Find a perfect picnic spot. Delve into histories of local heroes. Shop for antiques. Catch a Broadway play in the intimate Cumberland County Playhouse. Enjoy a private tasting at DelMonaco Winery & Vineyard. Do something unheard of such as attend a concert in a cave.

The Upper Cumberland speaks of a simpler time. Rustic Standing Stone State Park hosts the National Rolley Hole Marble Championship. The Muddy Pond Mennonite community mercantile offers delectable home-canned goods. The Upper Cumberland Quilt Trails beautiful countryside shows off historic barns displaying gorgeous quilt squares, each one a replica of a treasured heirloom.

In McMinnville, Cumberland CavernsBluegrass Underground springs to life with established and emerging artists in Americana, gospel, jazz, bluegrass and country. Have a history moment at the home of Sgt. Alvin C. York, the legendary WWI Medal of Honor soldier, in Pall Mall, or the home of Cordell Hull, the Nobel Prize-winning founder of the United Nations.

Primal wilderness ratchets up the visual thrills of Angel Falls in Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. Dive in or drop a line into Dale Hollow’s scenic Obey River in hopes of catching a state-record rainbow trout. It’s your time.

Experience Upper Cumberland

Drive along a picturesque wine trail. Stand in awe of the areas natural beauty. Be part of grassroots music in the making. Memories are made here. 

Upper Cumberland Jan 30 - 31 Lone Star Rodeo Company Cookeville, TN Come out to the Hyder-Burks Ag Pavilion to see contests that include bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, cowgirl's breakaway roping, team roping, cowgirl's barrel racing and bull riding! Fun for all ages! There will also be a "Best Dressed" cowboy and cowgirl contest for children under the age of 10. learn more Upper Cumberland Jan 31 Lone Mountain Band at Sutton Ole Time Music Hour Granville, TN Sutton Ole Time Music Hour. Tennessee's Best Bluegrass and Ole Time Music Every Saturday Night 6pm warm up show 7pm Syndicated Radio Show learn more Upper Cumberland Jan 31 Breakfast Rotary's 6th International Night honoring France Cookeville, TN Cookeville Breakfast Rotary's 6th International night honors France! There will be a reception at 5:30 and dinner will follow shortly after. learn more Upper Cumberland Feb 5 "A Mayberry Valentine" Granville, TN Valentine Dinner Theater Presents "A Mayberry Valentine" learn more Upper Cumberland Feb 5 A Woman's Heart Cookeville, TN The evening will include a blend of education and entertainment including the presentation of the CRMC Martin Coffey Cardiovascular Service Award, an education session led by Dr. Alex Case, a fashion show by Bless, comedy by Ms Blooming Feathers, heavy hors d’oeuvres, fine wine selections, and both a silent and live auction. learn more

Upper Cumberland City Guide