A comprehensive guide to Tennessee’s South Cumberland, the highest point between Chattanooga and Nashville home to two of the largest state parks in Tennessee: South Cumberland and Savage Gulf State Parks.
DAY 1 – Tracy City
Start your morning with coffee, treats or a full breakfast at the 118 year old Dutch Maid Bakery and be sure to stock up on sustenance for the trail ahead. Say hello to the resident shop dog, Bear, lounging outside on your way out. If you’re into old school diner vibes, grab a bite at Annex Cafe. Point the car towards nearby Grundy Day Loop for a hike on a portion of the famous Fiery Gizzard trail Backpacker Magazine named one of the top 25 hikes in the country.
Circle back to downtown Tracy City and explore the Grundy County Historical Society Heritage Center including a running miniature replica of the Mountain Goat Railroad that carried coal and passengers over the Cumberland Plateau. For antiquing and unique vintage finds visit Olde House Shoppe and Depot Emporium.
Make your way across the street to Henry Flury & Sons Grocery a working grocer deli and antique store. As you make your way through the aisles of trinkets, canned goods and friendly owners you’ll see a counter in the back serving locally renowned fried bologna sandwiches.
If you’re looking for fun in the sun, Grundy Lakes has a man-made beach perfect for lounging near the water and spreading out a picnic. There’s also a swim-up dock for the sun bathers and cannon ballers. Catch an adrenaline rush or a friendly game of frisbee golf at Bigfoot Adventures zipping over the trees and ponds of Baggentross Farm on 8 different zipline courses.
If you’ve worked up an appetite, head straight to La Ranchera Mexican Restaurant, The Lunch Box or Dari Delight to refuel.
Once you’ve rested, step out for dinner and drinks at a local watering hole. Family friendly Hank’s Corner Grille specializes in pizza, wings, burgers and beer. If you’re ready to wet your whistle, head over to The Green Room for billiards and buckets of beer til’ late.
WHERE TO STAY
Find a VRBO nearby or DIY lodgings including a glamping tent perched on a bluff above a waterfall. Or bring a tent and camp out at Baggenstross Farms. If you don’t feel like sleepin