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Explore The Basin

Cumberland River Basin Field Guide

Ready to get familiar with all of the special places and activities in the Cumberland River basin? We’ve created a unique field guide that will get your calendar filled with exciting trips within one of the most biodiverse regions in the world – the Cumberland River basin!

Explore the Guide


The Cumberland River basin is a huge region, stretching nearly 18,000 square miles. It is home to nearly 2.5 million people and all or portions of over 70 Tennessee and Kentucky counties. It is also home to thousands of plant and animal species and over 22,000 miles of streams and rivers.

Cumberland River Watershed Recreation

Not all State Natural Areas are open to the public. Use the map below to find which areas are open and where to get to the access points.

Know a public access point that isn’t on this map?

We’d love to know about it! Please email Jed Grubbs, and we’ll add it to the map!