The Historic Cumberland Plateau: An Explorer's Guide (Outdoor Tennessee Series) (Hardcover)
A visit to the Cumberland Plateau is an experience rich in natural wonders and scenic beauty. A land best known for its great caves, cascading waterfalls, natural arches, and isolated river canyons, the Cumberland Plateau stretches from northeast to southwest, encompassing parts of Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia. Within the Plateau's geographic boundaries are many protected areas, including the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, and the Obed National Wild and Scenic River. The Plateau also possesses a unique history and cultural heritage. Inhabited first by Native Americans, then by pioneers migrating westward, the Plateau contains many sites that document its rich history. As different groups passed through, some chose to settle permanently, resulting in a diverse cultural heritage celebrated today in many regional events. The Historic Cumberland Plateau is the first guide to combine natural, historical, and cultural information about the area in one easy-to-use book. Each chapter focuses on a particular region, allowing easy access to the history, cultural events, services and accommodations, and directions to natural wonders, hiking trails, and historic sites. Combining historical narrative with the specifics of a guide, this book is an indispensable aid for visiting and experiencing the Cumberland Plateau.