Cummins Falls State Park is an idyllic, but rugged, 282-acre day-use park located nine miles north of Cookeville on the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River on the Eastern Highland Rim. Located in the Cordell Hull Watershed, the area has been a scenic spot and swimming hole for local residents of Jackson and Putnam counties for more than 100 years. Cummins Falls is Tennessee’s eighth largest waterfall in volume of water and is 75 feet high.
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
- The main parking area, restrooms, trailheads, and a designated picnic area are located above the falls. The overlook is nearby and can be accessed by foot. ADA access to the overlook is available upon request.
- Gorge Access Permits are required for anyone who wishes to enter the gorge or access the base of the waterfall.
- Please note: No refunds, exchanges, date transfers, or rain checks will be issued for permits.
- Park Hours are 8am until 6pm.
- The gorge area closes at 5pm.
- People at the bottom of the waterfall must start walking out at 5pm in order to get back to the parking lot and be out of the park by 6pm.
- Pets are allowed but must be on a leash and under control. Please remember to clean up after your pet.
- The hike to the base of the waterfall is a strenuous and physical activity.
- Please read safety information before planning to hike to the base of the waterfall.
Before you visit Cummins Falls, please note:
- Gorge Access Permit required to visit the base of the waterfall.
- The base of the waterfall is only ac