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 2 - 5 29th Annual Rollercoaster Yard Sale Livingston, TN Yard Sale learn more Upper Cumberland Oct 3 - 11 11th Annual Dogwood Shakespeare in the Park Cookeville, TN The 11th Annual Dogwood Shakespeare in the Park featuring Richard III, directed by Mark Harry Creter. Admission is free. Dogwood Shakespeare in the Park is produced by The Cookeville Department of Leisure Services, Cultural Arts Division, and the Cookeville Performing Arts Center. learn more Upper Cumberland Oct 3 - 5 Cumberland River Cruises Granville, TN Cumberland River Cruises come to Granville as part of Fall Celebration learn more Upper Cumberland Oct 4 - 5 Dale Hollow Bass Classic Fishing Tournament Byrdstown, TN Star Point Resort - Fish on Dale Hollow Lake for trophy smallmouth and largemouth bass. Prize money awarded. learn more Upper Cumberland Oct 4 National Public Lands Day Rock Island, TN Help the park stay clean to protect the rivers and land that make up beautiful Rock Island. Exact event information and time to be announced closer to date. Please contact the park office at: 931-686-2471 learn more

Upper Cumberland City Guide