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Big South Fork

Big South Fork

Cane Creek Park & Recreation Area

Cane Creek Park & Recreation Area

  • Cane Creek Park & Recreation Area is a 262-acre regional park. Popular among dog-walkers and fishermen, the park’s centerpiece, Cane Creek Lake, is a 56-acre lake, surrounded by paved walking/jogging paths, picnic shelters, playground equipment, basketball court, volleyball court, 18-hole disc golf course, mountain bike trail, rec center and sportsplex. The lake offers two fishing piers, a boat ramp (no gas motors), and paddle boat rentals. Well-stocked with rainbow trout, large-mouth bass, bluegill, crappie, carp and catfish, Cane Creek Lake is a fishing favorite (Note: Tennessee fishing laws do apply).
    201 CC Camp Rd.
    Cookeville, TN 38501

Cookeville Boatdock

Cookeville Boatdock

  • Cookeville Dock is on scenic Center Hill Lake. It offers boat rentals, a public fishing pier, the Lighthouse Restaurant, private dockage and a fully stocked ship store.
    13800 Cookeville Boat Dock Road
    Baxter, TN

Dale Hollow Lake

Dale Hollow Lake

  • In addition to the rare beauty, ULTRA-clear water and unspoiled shoreline of this Army Corps of Engineers waterway, Dale Hollow Lake is one of the nation's premier lake destinations. Home to premier bass fishing and a national hatchery, Bassmaster notes 6 of the top 10 world record smallmouth bass were caught on Dale Hollow Lake. Named No. 1 Houseboating Lake in North America by Pack A Slip, float the pristine waters, stop by a marina restaurant, and relax surrounded by the sounds of nature. Note: This Army Corps of Engineer Lake was also featured on Outdoor Channel's Major League Fishing.

Rock Island State Park

Rock Island State Park

  • Rock Island State Park is an 883 acre park located on the headwaters of Center Hill Lake at the confluence of the Caney Fork, Collins and Rocky Rivers. The rugged beauty of the park includes the Caney Fork Gorge below Great Falls Dam. These overlooks are some of the most scenic and significant along the Eastern Highland Rim. Great Falls is a 30 foot horseshoe cascading waterfall, located below the 19th century cotton textile mill that it powered over 100 years ago. Rock Island became a Tennessee State Park in 1969.
    82 Beach Rd.
    Rock Island, TN 38581
    (931) 686-2471

Twin Lakes RV Campground

Twin Lakes RV Campground

  • This venue has full hookup RV sites, a camping/tent area, a kiddie lake and catering services. Our RV Campground is available 7 days a week. RV reservations can be made in advance, but will require 50 percent of payment upfront. There are currently have over 30 lots including pull-through lots. Come see us and stay as long as you like! We also have a full restaurant with a seating capacity of 50-60 with real dishes and tables. No fishing license is required to fish at this venue.
    580 Gainesboro Highway
    Baxter, TN 38544
    (931) 858-2333

Burgess Falls State Park

Burgess Falls State Park

  • This park is known for its sheer bluffs, narrow ridges, rolling water and abundant mixed forest. The area is on the National Register of Historic Places. There was once a gristmill, sawmill and powerhouse on this site. The park is home to over 300 species of trees, plants and an abundance of wildlife, including the white-faced grey squirrel. Visitors can enjoy the large Native Butterfly Garden, fish and hike the 1.5-mile round-trip loop to see four waterfalls on the Falling Water River, the tallest being 136 feet.
    4000 Burgess Falls Dr
    Sparta, TN 38583

Center Hill Lake

  • Center Hill Lake is the largest of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes in Tennessee, covering 18,200 acres. It’s also one of the most popular recreation destinations in Middle Tennessee—with good reason. Hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and many other water sports are enjoyed on Center Hill’s beautiful water.

Cordell Hull Lake

  • Due to the temperate climate and relatively long recreation season, visitors have numerous activities from which to choose, including: fishing, hunting, camping, picnicking, boating, hiking, horseback riding and other numerous ways to enjoy nature.

Pickett State Park

Pickett State Park

  • Pickett State Park lies within the 19,200-acre Pickett State Forest, and is adjacent to the massive 120,000-acre Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. In 1933, the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company donated nearly 12,000 acres of land to the State of Tennessee to be developed as a forest recreational area. Initial development of the area by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) occurred between 1934 through 1942. The CCC constructed hiking trails, five rustic cabins, a recreation lodge, a ranger station and a 12-acre lake. The park memorializes and preserves the unique work of the CCC who first developed the park.
    4605 Pickett Park Hwy.
    Jamestown, TN 38556
    (931) 879-5821

Standing Stone State Park

Standing Stone State Park

  • Standing Stone State Park is located in Standing Stone State Forest on the Cumberland Plateau that encompasses more than eight miles of day-use hiking trails that provide access to some of the park’s loveliest areas. Trails range from easy to strenuous and pass into virgin woods through vivid wildflowers and over-flowing streams and around beautiful Standing Stone Lake. The park has 36 campsites, each with a grill, picnic table, water and electricity. There are also 17 historic WPA cabins and seven more modern cabins available that can be reserved up to a year in advance. All cabins are completely equipped for housekeeping including appliances, microwave oven, cooking utensils and linens. The park has three group lodges ranging in size and accommodations. The Tea Room at Standing Stone is a conference-style meeting room that can accommodate up to 80 people and is approximately 800-square-feet. The Tea Room includes a large back deck and five picnic tables. Great views of the lake and natural scenery make it an ideal location for wedding receptions, family reunions and small conferences.
    1785 Standing Stone Park Hwy.
    Hilham, TN 38568