area walks, runs + trails

If outdoor adventure is your thing, then Cookeville is the place for you! Hiking, waterfalls and state parks seem to be around every corner. Each and every waterfall or trail offers its own unique and breathtaking views. So whether you’re looking for a leisure walking path or an advanced hike, there is definitely an adventure that will be A Natural Fit for you!

Bee Rock

Bee Rock

  • On the private property of The Garden Inn in Monterey is this luxury bed & breakfast. It offers a spectacular overlook of the Calfkiller River and Stamps Hollow. Legend has it that Native Americans gathered honey from hives underneath the cliff. It is open to the public during daylight hours only.
    1400 Bee Rock Rd
    Monterey, TN 38574

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

City Lake Natural Area

City Lake Natural Area

  • The 35-acre City Lake Natural Area is located on Bridgeway Drive and is preserved in its natural state, with some improvements to help accessibility.  The park is a favorite area of fishermen as they can catch catfish, bass and bream. Cookeville’s first water treatment facility was constructed here.
    Cookeville, TN

Dogwood Park

  • Dogwood Park is a green oasis in the downtown area across from the City Municipal Building. It’s a great place for lunchtime picnics. The Performance Pavilion is located in this park. Dogwood park is also home to a beautiful interactive fountain which flows daily throughout the spring/summer season. The Heart of the City Playground, the area’s only all-inclusive, fully-accessible playground, was also built inside the park in late 2015.
    30 E Broad Street
    Cookeville, TN 38501

Park View Park

  • This park is adjacent to Park View Pool at 570 Scott Avenue. Playground equipment is fully accessible and has a picnic shelter with tables.
    570 Scott Avenue
    Cookeville, TN 38501

Promised Land Trail

Promised Land Trail

  • Chosen for its two springs and its central spot in the new county of Putnam, Cookeville was chartered in 1856 as the county seat and named for Richard Fielding Cooke, who was instrumental in founding the county in 1854. The routing of the Nashville & Knoxville Railroad (later called the Tennessee Central Railroad) through Cookeville in 1890 greatly stimulated its prosperity. The rails carried out products of farms and forests and brought in manufactured goods. After a depot was built west of the square, businesses and residences sprang up nearby, giving Cookeville two commercial districts, the WestSide and the Square.

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

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

Capshaw Park

  • On the corner of South Maple, Stevens St. & Elm Ave. this park is adjacent to Capshaw Elementay School. This park is a natural area with an easy walking trail and picnic tables.
    South Maple Ave.
    Cookeville, TN

Cummins Falls State Park

Cummins Falls State Park

  • Cummins Falls State Park is an idyllic, but rugged, 211-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 both volume and height. It was also voted the 6th best swimming hole in the nation by Reader’s Choice Magazine.
    390 Cummins Falls Lane
    Cookeville, TN 38501

Ensor Sink Natural Area

  • A beautiful little park in the heart of town which features picnic tables, two walking trails, a small amphitheater for lectures and educational uses, a stone council ring for scout meetings and nature groups and a gazebo with an informational kiosk which centers on our city’s system of sink holes.
    Foutch Drive
    Cookeville, TN 38501

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

Rails with Trails

  • It's hard to imagine a prettier place for a rail-trail. The emerging 4-mile Tennessee Central Heritage Rail Trail winds across the high plains of central Tennessee between Cookeville and Algood. Excitement is building for the new recreational amenity, which will be unique to these communities in a region that already counts itself lucky with gorges, waterfalls, caves, rocky bluffs and the Cumberland Mountains above it all. The trail opened in September of 2016.

Walnut Park

  • This park is located at 186 South Walnut Avenue, immediately behind the Senior Citizens Center. This passive park contains a walking trail, picnic tables and a gazebo.
    186 South Walnut Avenue
    Cookeville, TN 38501