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 Jul 31 - Aug 9 88th Annual Putnam County Fair Cookeville, TN Enjoy the annual county fair.There will be beauty pageants, a petting zoo, live music, livestock show, roping demos, & much more! Fun for all ages! 5/Person. Children 6 and under are free. Parking is free. learn more Upper Cumberland Aug 2 After Dark Movie in the Park Cookeville, TN The After Dark Committee is proud to present the "After Dark - Movies in the Park" series. Come out and enjoy a free movie! All attendees are welcome to bring their own refreshments, blanket, and/or chair. Concessions will be provided by the Leisure Services Department. learn more Upper Cumberland Aug 2 Valley Grass @ 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 Aug 4 Cookeville Community Band Concert Cookeville, TN Every other Monday night throughout the summer, the Concert Band performs at Dogwood Performance Pavilion. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. The concerts are FREE thanks to the Cookeville Arts Council and the City of Cookeville. learn more Upper Cumberland Aug 7 - 10 World's Longest Yard Sale - The US 127 Corridor Sale Jamestown, TN The World's Longest Outdoor Sale on Corridor 127 begins the first Thursday in August. There are all kinds of great 'finds' to satisfy your shopping gene. Travel 690 miles of scenic beauty and see tons of yard sales. Get started on your journey by traveling the 93-mile Lookout Mountain Parkway route from Gadsden, AL, to Chattanooga, TN, for the most "scenic rural America" in the United States. You will find everything from antiques & collectibles to furniture & dishware. Fresh garden produce, homemade jams and jellies, food vendors and live entertainment are only some of the wide variety on the road. Continue with the yard sale, following the U.S. 127 Corridor from Chattanooga, TN, to Addison, MI. When combined, the 127 Corridor has thousands of vendors lined along the 690-mile scenic yard sale route. Headquartered at the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce in Jamestown, TN, the sale originated in Fentress County in 1987. learn more

Upper Cumberland City Guide

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