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“Great View at a Buffet”

Cumberland Mountain State Park
Ranked #2 of 25 things to do in Crossville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Cumberland Mountain State Park is situated on the Cumberland Plateau, a segment of the great upland, which extends from western New York to central Alabama. It is said to be the largest timbered plateau in America. Cumberland Mountain State Park began as part of the greater Cumberland Homesteads Project, a New Deal-era initiative by the Resettlement Administration that helped relocate poverty-stricken families on the Cumberland Plateau to small farms centered on what is now the Cumberland Homestead community. This 1,720-acre park was acquired in 1938 to provide a recreational area for some 250 families selected to homestead on the Cumberland Plateau. The park is located around Byrd Lake, a man-made lake created by the impoundment of Byrd Creek in the 1930s. The park provides numerous recreational activities, including hiking, swimming, picnicking and interpretive programs. The park also features a popular area restaurant and separate recreation hall that can accommodate up to 250 people.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great View at a Buffet”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

We ate here first on a Saturday with ribs and pulled pork on the buffet. Both of these were excellent as is the BBQ sauces offered. You can tell the locals know this because the places was busy beginning at 4:00 pm when they opened. The salad bar is fresh with excellent choices. The hot food has a good selection but not so many choices, which means what is there is good. Beans, greens, potatoes with rosemary and garlic (excellent) and 3-4 entree choices. Dessert had 4-5 choices plus soft serve ice cream. We then came back to have fried chicken later in the week - the chicken was okay but not the southern fried chicken that is awesome. The green beans with field peas and ham was excellent. The view and service is excellent. State Parks in Tennessee do not charge an entrance fee, so profit from this restaurant supports the parks.

Visited May 2013
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Okawville, Illinois
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176 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Take a Seat and Enjoy A Meal With a View!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

What a great place to relax over dinner! We sat next to the window over-looking the river & dam. A beautiful setting to enjoy their sea-food buffet (only on Tuesdays). The selection of seafood was fantastic - shrip, crab, baked and fried. The buffet included salads, vegies and desserts. The food tasted excellent, the service was great and we ate a relaxing dinner, not feeling rushed and not costing an arm and a leg. The restaurant was in the Cumberland Mountain State Park and afforded the opportunity to stroll after dinner, enjoying the fresh air, singing birds and evening breese. Plan to go for the afternoon and take advantage of one of the best kept secrets of the area. I rate this an A++ and highly recommend it.

Visited April 2013
Thank Ron H
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Solsberry In
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31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

The park is beautiful as is the Inn where we had lunch overlooking the lake. Very nice people that work there and good food on the buffet. Was fun watching the geese & birds on the feeders.

Visited July 2012
Thank Robin792
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“Try the Swinging Bridge”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

I've not crossed on many swinging bridges and I surely wasn't expecting one in TN but sure enough if you take a hike in Cumberland Mountain State Park, you'll see a nice one.

This land was acquired in 1934. The park's architecture is unique: buildings are constructed of a local rock called Crab Orchard sandstone. The Crab Orchard Stone dam/bridge with side by side waterfalls is the park's best-known landmark and the largest masonry structure ever built by the CCC.

Tip: Consider staying at their campground or one of the CCC built cabins.

Visited March 2013
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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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67 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

The play was the "Steel Magnolias" and the actors did a superb job! Each part was well cast and their performances were excellent.

Visited March 2013
Thank jande36
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