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 Caverns’ Bluegrass 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 Oct 25 Halloween Event Rock Island, TN Our Halloween event is always the Saturday before Halloween. It is a full day of programs and events including: tie dye, games, costume contest, campsite decorating contest, hayrides (scary and not scary) and campsite trick or treating! *This event is limited to campground and cabin guest only- we recommend making reservations early for this event Please call the park office for more information and to make a reservation: 931-686-2471 learn more Upper Cumberland Oct 25 Halloween Event Rock Island, TN Our Halloween event is always the Saturday before Halloween. It is a full day of programs and events including: tie dye, games, costume contest, campsite decorating contest, hayrides (scary and not scary) and campsite trick or treating! *This event is limited to campground and cabin guest only- we recommend making reservations early for this event Please call the park office for more information and to make a reservation: 931-686-2471 learn more Upper Cumberland Oct 25 Tom Brantley & Missionary Ridge 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 Oct 25 Calfkiller Ride to the Sky Metric Tour Cookeville, TN A fall ride along the Calfkiller River. Both the 22 mile and the 62 mile ride are designed to show the beauty of the Upper Cumberland region. 62 & 22 mile routes start together and ride together for the first 10 miles. The 22 mile route will be challenging but rewarding with beautiful scenery and well manned rest stops. The 62 mile after splitting off from the 22 mile group will start their first climb of the day. After this climb the route winds around the country side to the 2nd rest stop at Calfkiller Brewery. After this stop riders will ride along the countryside through rolling back roads till they reach Calfkiller Hwy where the rollers get a little more challenging until you reach the second climb of the day. This one is a long beautiful climb that will take you to the top and the edge of the Cumberland Plateau. From here it’s all down hill…kind-of. Both rides will return to the starting point where we will have live music, BBQ and drinks. learn more Upper Cumberland Oct 25 Baxter Harvest Festival Baxter, TN Join the Friends of the Baxter Depot at the Baxter Harvest Festival. There will be live music, doghouses, history walks, an antique car & tractor show and food and fun for everyone! There will be a pet costume contest, a presentation by the Animal Shelter titled, "How to Care for Pets," unique artists and children's activities. learn more

Upper Cumberland City Guide

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