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Showcasing the Cumberland Mountains, Frozen Head State Park and Natural Area features giant sandstone rock formations, bluffs, mountain streams and waterfalls. On a clear day, the fire tower offers a 360-degree panorama of the Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee Ridge and Valley and the Great Smoky Mountains. This mountainous terrain varies from an elevation of 1,340 feet to over 3,000 feet with 14 mountain peaks. Frozen Head's elevation of 3,324, makes it one of the highest peaks in Tennessee west of the Great Smoky Mountains. Every season highlights the Park's great features. In wintertime, the mountain peaks are often capped with snow or ice even earning Frozen Head it's name. Springtime boasts colorful wildflower displays. Summer tempts the heat with cooling creek waters, while fall explodes with a kaleidoscope of leaf color. Historic trails pass by old homesteads and remnants left behind from the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps developing the park. Park amenities include an amphitheater, playground, horseshoe pit, picnic shelter and restrooms. Check our calendar for programs and events as the Park offers interpretive talks, slide presentations, and campfires.

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Equestrians: The 7-mile (one-way) climb on the old logging road to the Firetower is shared with mountain bikers. Beautiful views of the Cumberland Mountains await you at the top!

Camping: Twenty rustic campsites are scattered throughout the Big Cove Camping area that include a bathhouse with hot showers. There are two group sites available as well. For backcountry campers, there are 11 campsites throughout the Park. A permit is required but there is no charge. A bathhouse is available at the main trailhead.

Fishing: In the springtime, Flat Fork Creek is stocked with rainbow trout. Fishing is allowed anywhere below DeBord Waterfall down to the park entrance.

Mountain Biking: The old logging road to the fire tower is often used as a training ground for mountain bikers and triathletes. The 7-mile sustained climb has an elevation change of almost 2,000 feet — which is a serious climb! This multi-use trail takes you through the heart of their natural areas as it climbs to the old fire tower where you'll witness a 360-degree view of the Cumberland Mountains. Along the way you'll pass by a small cascade waterfall. If you want to continue further, there is another 2 miles of road that descends to Hwy 116, but keep in mind that the climb back up is steeper. Due to the toil of winter weather on this route, summer usually provides the best riding conditions. Along with a nice canopy of shade, the ruts in the road have usually been smoothed out by TDOT.

Trails: Along the 80 miles of hiking trails in the Park, you'll pass by scenic waterfalls, giant sandstone rock formations and bluffs. At various clearings and overlooks you might catch glimpses of the bordering 14 mountain peaks that rise over 3,000 feet in elevation. The 20 featured trails are color-blazed and most of the trails inter-loop giving a choice of 7 loop trails that range from 0.6 mile to 15 miles round-trip. A portion of the Cumberland Trail passes through as well.

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