Burgess Falls is located on the Falling Water River. This day-use park is noted for its natural beauty and four waterfalls that cascade down from over 250 feet in elevation. The last of these falls is the most spectacular, plunging more than 130 feet into the gorge.
Cummins Falls State Park is an idyllic, but rugged, 282-acre day-use park located nine miles north of Cookeville on the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River on the Eastern Highland Rim. Located in the Cordell Hull Watershed, the area has been a scenic spot and swimming hole for local residents of Jackson and Putnam counties for more than 100 years. Cummins Falls is Tennessee’s eighth largest waterfall in volume of water and is 75 feet high.
Window Cliffs is a 275-acre state natural area designated in 2014. It is located near Burgess Falls State Natural Area. Located within the dissected portion of the Eastern Highland Rim, Window Cliffs is a prominent geological clifftop feature that consists of a very narrow, elongated ridge that lies in the neck of an incised meander of Cane Creek. While it is about 150 feet wide at its base, it is only a few feet wide on the narrow clifftop 200 feet above Caney Creek.
The Periwinkle Trail is a 2.7 out-and-back hiking trail that begins across the street from Wildwood Resort and meanders along the shoreline and over a couple of ridges to the Indian Creek Campground and Recreation Area. This moderate hike will transverse through Cedar thickets, across a few creeks, past old homesites and down to the shore of Cordell Hull Lake. The path ends at a COE archery range where there is a covered picnic area. Wildwood also offers a shuttle service if you would like to make this a one-way hike.
Lake Meadow Farm offers guided Horseback riding with thousands of lakeside acres to ride. Come and explore the Sportsman’s Paradise that is Cordell Hull Lake – aboard a smooth riding gaited horse. You haven’t experienced Tennessee – until you’ve ridden a Tennessee Walking Horse! They specialize in small groups of no more than 6 riders, ensuring that each rider will get the most out of their experience .
Bearwaller Gap Hiking Trail is a 10.8 mile out and back hiking trail located on Cordell Hull Lake. If you have two vehicles you can park one at the Turkey Creek Overlook trailhead, which is worth visiting just for the beautiful view of the lake and dam, and the other at the Defeated Creek park trail head to make this a one way hike.
Edgar Evins State Park is a 6000 acre park located on the shores of the deep waters of Center Hill Lake just a short drive from Wildwood. There are seven trails and approximately 12 miles of hiking at the park, ranging from moderate to strenuous. The 5.5-mile Merritt Ridge Trail is the longest and most challenging, ascending the ridges from an intersection along the 2.5-mile Millennium Trail. Many hikers will combine those two trails to form an 8-mile loop.
Bear Wheels Mountain Bike Trail is a single-track mountain bike trail located in Defeated Creek Park on Cordell Hull Lake. There are two loops, Black Bear and Grizzly, with Black Bear being the easier of the two and about five miles in length. Grizzy is nine miles. The trail is in great condition and the entire trail is under tree cover. The trails border Cordell Hull Lake and are a great workout.
Nature & Recreation
Belle Acres Golf Course has undergone a recent re-design offering a varying terrain 2,923 yard (from the longest tees), par 35, 9-hole track and the largest practice facility in the area.
White Plains Golf Course has been in business since May 1988. This 18 hole course has a great layout, offering many challenges for the experienced golfer and some easy par three’s for the new golfer. The course is settled in the valley surrounded by mountains so the landscape is a beautiful attraction. White Plains can accommodate business outings, tournaments and group outings of any size.
The Golden Eagle Golf Club is open to the public and offers a fantastic experience in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. The 6600 yard, par 70 layout offers four sets of tees, providing unique challenges for every level of play. After a memorable round, we invite you to relax in the clubhouse or on the spacious deck where you’ll find that friendly service and great food are always par for the course.
Nature & Recreation
Paddling and Fishing
Granville Paddle and Board shares their love of Historic Granville and The Cumberland River / Cordell Hull Lake by providing visitors with Kayak Rentals, Sunset Cruises, Stand Up Paddle Board Rentals, and Historic Boat Tours. They are conveniently located on the campus of Wildwood Resort.
Tennessee Kayak and Outdoor offers 1/2 day and full-day river trips on the Cumberland and the Lower Caney Fork Rivers with your choice of a single or tandem kayak or canoe adventure. They will take care of all of the hard work and will shuttle you to and from your start and endpoint. All you have to do is show up and float!
Canoe the Caney has been featured in Southern Living magazine and on the Travel Channel. They are the largest outfitter in Middle Tennessee, offering the largest fleet of canoes and kayaks, and can accommodate groups of any size. They have first-class air-conditioned buses to get you comfortably to your drop-off and pick-up points.
Striper Fun Guide Service offers trips year-round on the Cumberland River for “world-class” Striper in Tennessee! It is not uncommon to see 40 or even 50-pound Stripers pulled from the beautiful waters of the Cumberland River. This fishing is not for the faint of heart! These big fish hit like freight trains, making long powerful runs in the constantly flowing waters of the river! The Stripers are much larger in the Cumberland River system in Tennessee than in many waters. Per the Tennessee Wildlife Board, there is an average of over 15 Stripers caught annually in excess of 50 pounds and 40-pound fish are not uncommon. The smallest fish they generally catch daily is over 3 feet long!
Three Rivers Outfitters is the local fishing guide who knows all the right places and all the techniques to catch walleye, sauger, trout, and bass. Call Micheal atto plan your half or full day fishing trip.
Trout Zone Anglers is a professional guide on the Caney Fork River that specializes in teaching anglers the skills necessary to effectively fish this fine tailwater river. As a result, anglers looking for a chance at a trophy rainbow or brown trout need look no farther than the Caney Fork River. A drift boat allows easy access to many parts of the river and is the best way to fish here. In addition to float trips, they also offer guided walk and wade trips.
Waterfalls & Parks
Hiking & Biking Trails