This is the first part of my discussion of our trip to the Tennessee/Georgia border area this past April. We decided to take a road trip and settled on Tennessee because I had never been to that part of the country (except for a brief stop in Memphis on my way to State College, Pennsylvania about ten years ago). We left on April 3 and travelled through Louisiana (of course), Mississippi, and Alabama before crossing into Georgia and then Tennessee. It marked the first time I’d driven through a really mountainous part of Alabama around Birmingham.
The leg of our trip that brought us into Georgia and then Tennessee
In any case, we rode I-59 through those areas until we hit I-24 just south of the Tennessee border. From there, we continued northeast through Chattanooga and onto Hwy 27 toward Knoxville. Later, we turned onto Hwy 30 going northwest and eventually to US 127 north to the park and Crossville, TN.
The Cumberland Mountain State Park is a beautiful area with clear water that runs in fast-flowing creeks, quiet, well-furnished cabins, and nice hiking trails through montane forests. The park features Byrd Lake, an artificial lake created by impounding Byrd Creek, a project of FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps.
The Bridge’s Historical Marker
We stayed overnight in a cabin at the park. The cabin had wonderful amenities like heating/air-conditioning in the living room and bedrooms, a fireplace, a microwave, a stove, a refrigerator/freezer, lavatories, a toilet and a shower. The cabin we rented had two bedrooms in addition to a living room, bathroom, and kitchen area. They are approximately half the cost of an area hotel room. The park also features a restaurant (apparently quite popular with the locals) that serves lunch and dinner throughout the week.
The nearby town of Crossville had a nice if perhaps excessively Christian used bookstore. Stay tuned for Part Two. . . .