Despite being only 282 acres, Cummins Falls State Park has a lot to offer those that book an RV in Jackson County, TN. This scenic spot has been used for recreation for more than 100 years, with the beautiful waterfall being the main attraction. The park sits within the rolling hills along the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River in the Codell Hull Watershed and offers some spectacular scenery. Head to one of the nearby towns, such as Baxter, Cookeville, and Livingston, while on your outdoor adventure, to see even more of the incredible state of Tennessee.
Native Americans used to use the area as a hunting ground for great buffalo and other animals, and then in 1845, when the land was acquired by John Cummins, two water mills were built in the area. The land remained in the family for 180 years before the land was purchased for the public.
Hiking and exploring the gorge area is one of the best ways to see the very best of Cummins Falls State Park when motorhome camping. This area has remained unaltered by man, making it both rugged and beautiful. There are two main routes that descend down into the gorge, the first of which is one mile long, and the other is 1.5 miles. Both are steep with uneven terrains and steep elevation drops, meaning it should only be used by the more confident hiker. The rocks along here can also get very slippery, so it is advised that suitable forward is worn.
Another great activity when RV camping at Cummins Falls State Park is visiting the beautiful 75-foot waterfall. The falls are currently the state's eighth-largest in volume of water and can be a very impressive sight. Visiting the falls is only achievable on fair weather days, due to the risk of flash floods. Nature watchers come from all over the state and further afield to explore the forests of oak, beech, buckeye, hemlocks, and sycamore, which, along with the river, protects a great deal of wildlife. Be very quiet and pack your binoculars in your RV rental, and you may have a chance of spotting eagles, turkey, foxes, minks, and a huge range of insects.
There is a designated picnic area just above the gorge, which is a beautiful place to grab a bite to eat with friends and family and simply take in the scenic surroundings. You can also cool off from the hot summers in the popular swimming spot, which can be found here.
Camping at Cummins Falls State Park
Thanks to the beauty of the region and range of things to do, there are plenty of options for those that rent a camper near Cummins Falls State Park. One option is Center Hill Campground. Whether in a luxury camper or small trailer, you’ll still be able to experience the soul-lifting experience that only camping can bring. The campground is nestled in the hills around Centre Hill Lake, and visitors are welcomed to stay as long as they like. There is 24-hour video surveillance for your protection and free WiFi for convenience.
Another great place to go camping with an RV is the Belle Ridge Campground. There are 50 full hookup RV sites at this campground, as well as cabins and tent sites. The convenience store has everything you need for a comfortable stay, plus there is a 24-hour laundromat, golf cart rentals for easy access to different areas of the park, free high-speed WiFi, and a centrally located bathhouse with shower facilities.
Exploring the Area
The nearest town to Cummins Falls State Park is Cookeville, which offers plenty of shopping and dining opportunities. Also in town is the Depot Museum, which is housed in the original depot building from 1909 and is listed on the national register of historic places. Inside there are a large number of exhibits of Tennessee railway artifacts, plus a park area with some historic train cars.
Two other interesting museums in town are the Cookeville History Museum and the Cookeville Children's Museum. The children’s museum features interactive displays on a number of different subjects and gives children the chance to dress up and perform on stage and enjoy the outdoor playground. The history museum features local exhibits, telling the story of the town’s history, and from here, you can also join one of the local history hikes.
For many, one of the best ways to spend the afternoon is at one of the local wineries. One of the most popular is the Del Monaco Vineyards and Winery. Visitors can head to this beautiful estate and take a tour of the acres of vineyards, where several different varieties of wine are grown. You'll also head down to the cellar and learn the history of the winery and the production process. End your visit with a tasting of some of the delicious wines made here, and if there is one you particularly like pick it up to share with your friends.