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Parks & Recreation

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 volume of water and is 75 feet high. Info from

Salt Lick Creek Park

Salt Lick Creek Campground is located on Cordell Hull Lake on the Cumberland River System, just 10 miles from Gainesboro, TN. The lake itself was named after one of America’s outstanding statesmen and one of Tennessee’s finest volunteers. Hull was born in a log cabin in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains. Info from

Wartrace Park

Wartrace Creek Recreation Area is located on Cordell Hull Lake on the Cumberland River System, just nine miles from Gainesboro.
This wooded day-use area offers one large, group shelter. Amenities include toilets, drinking water, a playground and boat ramp.

Roaring River Park

The Roaring River originates on the Highland Rim near Livingston, Tennessee and flows 37.7 miles to the confluence of Cordell Hull Lake. At the confluence is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Roaring River Recreation Area. It offers picnic areas, a campground and boat launch. Further upstream is the Boils Wildlife Management Area so named because at this point the rivers fast moving water runs into slower moving water that is pooled creating the appearance of boiling water. The Boils WMA is a popular paddling destination and wildlife viewing area. Kayakers can access the river here or further upstream at the TWRA put-in. Another scenic river attraction is Roaring River Falls located on Hwy 136. Info from

Cummins Falls State Park

Roaring River Park

Salt Lick Creek Park

Wartrace Creek Park

Rich History

Avery Trace Civil War Trail

Avery’s Trace was the principal road used by settlers travelling from the Knoxville area in East Tennessee to the Nashville area from 1788 to the mid-1830s. In an effort to encourage settlers to move west into the new territory of Tennessee, in 1787 North Carolina ordered a road to be cut to lead settlers into the Cumberland Settlements from the south end of Clinch mountain to French Lick. Peter Avery, a hunter familiar with the area, directed the blazing of this trail through the wilderness. The Trace now stands as a testament to the many travelers and families who had the courage to undertake such and arduous and difficult journey, searching for a new life for themselves and their families and their future generations.

Upper Cumberland Quilt Trail

Come and drive along Quilt Trail and enjoy the beautiful countryside of the Upper Cumberland region. Local artists and school students have painted these quilt blocks on beautiful and historic barns owned by local farm families. The quilt patterns are replicas of treasured family quilts. Along the way are some of the local fabric shops, country stores, antiques shops, galleries, and historical places.

Jackson County Archives & Veterans Hall

The purpose of the County Archives is to safeguard and preserve the older records of local government offices. We are located in the old Jackson County Jail. The building was renovated to house both the Archives and Veterans Hall and opened for business in 2009. The Veterans Hall is located in the basement of the building and contains photographs and memorabilia of the men and women from the county who served in the military from Civil War until present time.

Annual Festivals & Events

Poke Sallet Festival – Mother’s Day Weekend

Granville Heritage Day – Saturday before Memorial Day

Gainesboro Chili Cookoff – September

Art in the Appalachians – first Friday & Saturday in October

Gainesboro Christmas Parade – first Saturday in December

Merchants Open House – first Saturday in December

Granville Christmas Parade – Second Saturday in December

The Dodson Branch Community Bazaar & Christmas Parade – Second Saturday in December



Upper Cumberland Arts Alliance
The Upper Cumberland Arts Alliance (UCAA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that will nurture, celebrate, and assist individual artists and other art organizations.

The main goal of UCAA is to encourage, promote, and facilitate the arts of the Upper Cumberland area. One of our goals is to reach and enrich all the people in this Tennessee region with the beauty and diversity of ALL art forms. The Upper Cumberland consists of 14 counties: Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, Warren, and White.