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A 240-seat amphitheater is located adjacent to the picnic and camping areas. During the summer, the park schedules interpretive talks, slide presentations, and campfires. It is also available for churches, clubs, and organizational use by reservation.

Annual Events

Wildflower Pilgrimage, 2nd and 3rd weekends in April
Echo in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival, Memorial Day Weekend in May
Heritage Festival, last weekend in August


The 6.9-mile unpaved Lookout Tower Trail is available for mountain bikes. Originally a logging road, the trail climbs from the Big Cove campground to the top of Frozen Head Mountain. This trail is shared with horseback riders.


Mountain stream fishing for rainbow trout can be enjoyed by the fishing enthusiast. Flat Fork Creek is stocked with rainbow trout in the spring. Fishing is allowed anywhere below DeBord Waterfall down to the park entrance. Anglers age 13 and older must have a valid Tennessee fishing license. A trout stamp is required.

Tennessee Fishing Regulations


Hikers must inquire in the Visitors Center about open trails. Trails range from easy to very difficult. A color topo map may be purchased at the Visitors Center.

Trails are open daily from 8 a.m. until one hour before sunset. This is one of the finest trail systems in Tennessee. There are over 80 miles of very scenic and challenging foot trails throughout this wild and rugged 13,122-acre mountain park. The trails feature waterfalls, giant sandstone rock formations, bluffs, abundant wildlife and 14 mountain peaks over 3,000 feet in elevation.

Each of the 20 trails are color blazed and most of the trails inter-loop together giving a choice of 7 loop trails ranging from .6 mile to 15 miles round-trip. A portion of the Cumberland Trail passes through as well.

From The Tennessee Conservationist's Great Hikes With Fran Wallas:
Frozen Head State Natural Area Offers an Overnight Hike With Scenic Detours

Horseback Riding

The park has one trail that is accessible for horseback riding. The Jeep Road trail is a 6.9-mile trail, one-way. From late spring until late fall, trail riders should pack their own water. This trail is for day-use only. There are no overnight facilities or camping for horses. Visitors must bring their own horses. Trailers should be unloaded and parked in the grassy field adjacent to the park entrance gate. This trail is shared with bicyclists. Contact the park for more information.

Picnic Pavilions and Playgrounds

The park features a wooded picnic area along a mountain stream with 32 picnic sites including tables and grills. Three group shelters are available and may be reserved throughout the year. Water fountains, restrooms, and two playgrounds are available in the picnic area.

Planned Programs

Park naturalists are available for interpretive programs both on and off the park. Schools and organized groups are encouraged to participate in these programs. Please call the visitor's center for more information.

Playgrounds/Sports Fields

The park features two volleyball courts, a basketball goal, and horseshoe pits. Equipment is available at the visitor's center. Two playgrounds are available near the picnic area.


While there is no swimming pool at Frozen Head, many people enjoy the cooling waters of Flat Fork Creek where larger pools allow for wading and splashing.