Every year, the Upper Cumberland attracts new people and tourists to the area. With all of the natural waterfalls, state parks and clean lakes, it’s easy to see why the Upper Cumberland is one of the most scenic places in the south. Looking to visit the area? Here is a list of the some of the Most Scenic Places in the Upper Cumberland.

For a list of surrounding waterfalls,  check out this post.

Cummins Falls

390 Cummins Falls Ln, Cookeville, TN

Named 1 of the 10 best swimming holes in America by Travel and Leisure magazine, this amazing state park is a must see. The falls stand at 75′ high, and it’s noted as the 8th largest waterfall in volume in Tennessee.

Burgess Falls State Park

4000 Burgess Falls Dr, Sparta, TN 38583

Located on the Falling Water River, Burgess Falls is known for its beauty and 4 waterfalls that are 135+ feet high.

You can visit the park and hike or take your boat, kayak, jet ski or paddle board to the bottom. We suggest doing both! If you are visiting the park, you can literally sit at the top of this giant. 

Fancher Falls

What another waterfall on the lake? Yes. This big ole waterfall is right on the lake, and if the water is high enough, you can paddle back on a kayak, canoe, or paddle board. If the water is really high, you can take your boat to this waterfall too. 

It’s easy to get to. From Cookeville Boat Dock, go left. Pass all of the boat slips. Take the first cove on your right. This will look more like a big fork. Keep going until you see it! 

p.s. If you don’t have a kayak, reserve one with Cookeville Boat Dock. 

If you have never been to this place. Consider yourself lucky that you stumbled across this article – this place is DREAMY! 

You can also swim in front of the falls. Along the way, you will also see a few other smaller waterfalls coming off the ridge tops. 


Bee Rock Overlook

1400 Bee Rock Rd, Monterey, TN

A local spot located in Monterey, Tennessee located just off of the interestate. This place offers a stunning panoramic view. Bring a camera! And get that cool Instagram pic.

Window Cliffs

8400 Old Cane Creek Rd,
Baxter, TN 38544

This is a really cool natural area that entails creeks, a waterfall and 200′ high cliff tops! Be prepared to get wet though! You will need to cross the creeks several times.

Virgin Falls

2080 Scotts Gulf Road, Sparta, Tn.  38583

Another huge waterfall, Virgin Falls stands at 110-foot high and located near the Bridgestone Firestone Centennial Wilderness in White County. Know before you go: this is a long, strenuous hike so plan ahead and get there early. 

By the way, you will want to see Welch’s Point too. This remote lookout point is located within the Virgin Falls Natural Area. You will get a great view of the Caney Fork River. If you want to know what those hawks see from the bluffs, you should go here.

Rock Island State Park

82 Beach Road Rock Island, TN

Rock Island State Park is a massive park located on the headwaters of Center Hill Lake. The park has several hiking trails with some pretty amazing views. The park includes an Old cotton mill, spring castle, beach & waterfalls.

This is located on the tailend of Center Hill Lake – basically between Center Hill Lake and Great Falls Lake.

Ozone Falls

14563 TN-1, Rockwood, TN 37854

Ozone Falls is a 43-acre natural area in Cumberland County. The waterfall drops into a pool that is great for swimming. A rock house amphitheater can be seen behind the falls that was created over time by nature. Cool fact: Ozone Falls was selected for filming scenes for the movie “Jungle Book.”

Looking for even more attractions in the area? Take a look at our regional publication for even more info and cool things to do.

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