Tucked into the rolling hills of McMinnville, TN is Rock Island State Park. Rock Island State Park spans a breathtaking 883 acres, and spearheads McMinnville’s Central Hill Lake with the Carney Fork and Collins Rivers. Rock Island State Park is a local favorite, providing all season outdoor activities. Tourists relish in the Carney Fork Gorge during the summer months, which are situated just under the Great Falls Dam.
Standing Stone State Park is located in Standing Stone State Forest on the Cumberland Plateau. The park takes its name from the Standing Stone, a 12 foot tall rock standing upright on a sandstone ledge, which was supposedly used as a boundary line between two Indian nations. When the rock fell, the Indians placed a portion of it upon an improvised monument to preserve it. The stone is still preserved in nearby Monterey, Tenn.
For nearly 70 years, the state of Tennessee has been entrusted with beautifying the wilderness that surrounds Fall Creek Falls. Their efforts have proven to be well worth it, and now Fall Creek Falls is a must-see location for visitors and locals alike. In addition to the naturally alluring rolling hills of Tennessee, Fall Creek Falls is also home to over 26,000 acres of mountains, rivers, creeks, and other overwhelming natural beauty. The park climaxes with its 256 foot tall Fall Creek Falls, which is one of the largest in the Eastern United States.
Tennessee is no stranger to unique and overwhelmingly beautiful natural scenery, but Cumberland Caverns is America’s 2nd largest cave and is by far one of the most exciting sites in the state! Home of the “Bluegrass Underground”, Cumberland Caverns is truly a treat for anyone who loves adventure and music. The natural acoustics of Cumberland Caverns allows musicians to play without needing additional amplifying equipment. The audience not only gets to soak in the sweet sounds of Tennessee Bluegrass, but they also get to take in the beautiful sites of the cavern.
Located just a short drive from McMinnville and Smithville, Center Hill Lake is the areas premiere water destination. Center Hill Lake is a large flooding reservoir that offers residents and tourists the opportunity to take in the natural beauty of the area while enjoying the crystal clear waters that make up the reservoir. The unparalleled beauty of Center Hill Lake has captured the attention of thousands of new residents, and the reason why isn’t surprising in the least bit.
Tims Ford state park is a gorgeous and expansive 2,200 acre park. The region that makes up the park includes incredible outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, kayaking, and fishing. The Tims Ford Lake is considered by many to be the most picturesque lake in the area, and rightly so. The Lake is also one of the top Bass fishing lakes in the southeast. Regardless of the reason that you are drawn to Tims Ford Lake, the area won’t let you down with its outstanding views and natural beauty.
Lake Normandy is located not far from McMinnville, TN situated in the southeastern region of the state. The park that surrounds Lake Normandy provides endless amounts of outdoor activities. The hiking trails and campgrounds are second to none in the area, and many people come from out of state to enjoy the natural beauty of the lake and the Tennessee mountain ranges. Anglers, bass fisherman, and other sporting enthusiasts relish in Lake Normandy’s crystal clear waters and nearly perfect fish habitat. In fact, fishing is one of the most popular outdoor activities on the lake and draws thousands of people to Lake Normandy from around the country.