Crossville-Cumberland County Visitor Center, Gateway to the Big South Fork is located at 176 River Otter Drive, on I-40, just off Cook Road. Adjacent from Stone Memorial High School. The Grand Opening of the facility was on April 18th, 2014.
During its first year of operation it has averaged about 600 visitors per month during the tourist season which runs April thru October. These visitors have been from almost all 50 states as well as many international visitors. A few of the international countries include Australia, New Zealand, Greece, the United Kingdom, Finland, Egypt, Columbia, Poland, and Germany.
Crossville-Cumberland County Visitor Center, Gateway to the Big South Fork was named to include all that are involved and see the importance of Tourism to our area. The building was built with at Federal Grant because of the affiliation with the National Park and the City of Crossville and the Cumberland County fund the day to day operation.
The Visitor Center is the "Information Destination" because of the amount information available for our visitors as well as locals looking for new and different activities to do. The Center currently has informational brochures on over 160 different places to eat, stay, play and etc. These are all located in Crossville, Cumberland County, Big South Fork area, neighboring counties and regional.
When you come in, make sure you visit the Gift Shop. It offers a small snack and drink selection as well as T-shirts, Books and Maps of the area, as well as gift items and post cards.
The Crossville-Cumberland County Visitor Center also does programs on a variety of different subjects. In conjunction with the Big South Fork and the Obed Wild and Scenic National Parks the well attended programs to help educate attendees on the local animals and areas. A few that we have had thus far include an Owl program, Bear Program, Eagle Program, A program on The Big South fork, and also a "Be a Jr Ranger" program. Also, last summer we had State Parks and National Parks and TWRA out to exhibit at our Center for Kids Day. We had live snakes, owls and TWRA brought an entire animal exhibit as well as information on Canoeing and Rock climbing. We had about 175 kids attend and it was a big day .
The Visitor Center is open 7 days. Please stop by and visit with us anytime between 9:00-5:00. Call for more information at 931-787-1755 and "Like" us on Facebook!