South Cumberland is one of the newer Tennessee State Parks. Almost all of our park lies atop the Cumberland Plateau and, unlike most state parks, ours is made up of ten different areas located in four different counties. The Visitor Center is located between Monteagle and Tracy City on Highway 41. From here the various components of our park are managed. Visitors can also obtain information and directions from the visitor center.
We did the Rim trail to Alum Gap and back around the loop to the parking lot. Basically a nice walk in the woods, about 7 miles. Foliage was blazing. Will backpack in next time and spend a night at the Alum
Gap CG. Lots of other trails to explore in the area.
The falls here are AWESOME!!! Don't overlook it because it is so short, you will seriously miss out!!! My wife and I swam in the falls for several hours. The water is super clean and fresh, the scenery is stunning, the people were awesome, and besides all that, if you want to make the hiking longer, there are several trails that can stretch it all the way out to a 26 mile out and back if that is your fancy. DON"T MISS IT!!!
The ONLY reason I didn't give this 5 stars was because I personally like trails with water better. The views from the overlooks were amazing. It was everything that I thought it would be. The "stone door" is really cool but unless you are going to take another trail or just feel like going down the stairs, I wouldn't recommend it. My friend and I went town the stone stairs anticipating something awesome at the bottom, only to fine more stairs. We caught a couple comping up and we asked what was down there and they told us 9/10ths of a mike down more stairs, there was another trail. We did Laurel falls behind the ranger station too, and we were a little disappointed since the falls were barely flowing.
I will definitely do this trail again in the fall!!