Cumberland Mountain State Park Bridge
Located 4 miles South of Crossville on U.S. Highway 127
Summer: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Winter: 8:00 a.m. - Sundown
Restaurant: 11:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m
Cumberland Mountain State Park is a very special part of Cumberland County. It was originally part of the Cumberland Homesteads New Deal Project of the 1930's. It is located on a 50 acre lake that was built from 1934-1939, by damming Byrd's Creek. A Civilian Conservation Corp unit built the native sandstone dam under the direction of the National Park Service. The dam is 319 feet long and 28 feet high with large arches.
Each CCC unit consisted of about 200 young men mostly from Tennessee, who were housed in tents and barracks under the management of army personnel. The men were paid $30 a month, of which $25 were sent home. They also received housing, food, medical and dental care, as well as educational benefits.
The dam and arch bridge were started November 18, 1935. It still stands today as the largest masonry project ever built by the CCC, and is a well-known landmark. WWI hero, Alvin C. York, was project superintendent until he left in 1940 to advise on the filming of the movie "Sergeant York".
The designers of the Homestead project proposed the building of a grist mill at the site of the dam. There was much opposition to this federally subsidized mill, because it would be unfair competition to existing local mills, so it was never completed. The Society of Friends, a group of young Quakers, were brought in to construct the building. They completed everything except the water wheel and the grinding machinery installation.
Planned primarily to provide a recreational area for the Homesteaders, the Cumberland Mountain State Park is now one of the most popular recreational sites in the state.
The park covers 1,720 acres. There are 37 rustic, modern, duplexes, and timberlodge cabins for family accomodations. There are also 147 campsites, served by a well-stocked camp store. The Mill House Lodge, which accomodates up to 16 people, is a popular place to stay, and is open year-round. The park's Cumberland Mountain Restaurant offers some of the best southern cooking around. You can enjoy a wonderful meal while you enjoy the beautiful view of the lake and dam.
Recreational facilities include an olympic size swimming pool; an 18-hole golf course; Byrd Lake for fishing and boating by canoe, rowboat, and paddleboat; picnic pavilions; 10 mile overnight backpacking trail; playgrounds; tennis courts; horseshoes; shuffleboard; volleyball and basketball courts. Visitors may also enjoy the many hiking trails and scenic nature trails throughout the park. There is a naturalist and recreator available during the summer. They provide daily planned programs and activities, including guided tours, campfire programs, arts and crafts, movies, slide shows and games of all types.
There are many activities offered a the state park as well as many others throughtout Cumberland County.
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South Cumberland Elementary School
3536 Lantana Rd.
Crossville, Tn. 38572
Last Updated January 24, 2000