Explore the Basin

Discover 18,000 square miles of rugged wilderness, beautiful streams and charming towns in the Cumberland River Basin of Kentucky and Tennessee.

Watersheds of the Basin

Old Hickory Watershed

Waters that flow through the Old Hickory Lake watershed eventually make their way to an impounded section of the Cumberland River known as Old Hickory

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South Fork River at Big South Fork - Chuck Sutherland

Big South Fork

In the drainage, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area attracts over 600,000 people and contributes over $10 million to local economies annually.

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Stones River by Chuck Sutherland

Stones River

Within the watershed, sections of Cripple Creek, Overall Creek, and the east, west, and middle forks of the Stones River are all found on the

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Red River by Nicholle Gerde

Red River

The Red is distinctive in many ways. It has less surface water and less forest per square mile than any other watershed in the Cumberland

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Cumberland River above Cumberland Falls by Chuck Sutherland

Lake Cumberland

Endangered gray bats spend nights foraging for insects over streams and the placid waters of the reservoir. Spectaclecase mussels avoid strong currents beneath the bluffs

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Collins River photograph taken by Chuck Sutherland

Collins River

Savage Gulf is a majestic canyon in the region, where the waters of the Collins River, Big Creek, and Savage Creek dance between narrow canyon

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Harpeth River at the bend near the narrows by W. Stacy Vereen

Harpeth River

 En route to the Cumberland, the Harpeth takes on the Little Harpeth, Big Turnbull Creek, and Jones Creek – all streams (along with the Harpeth

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Rockcastle River KY by Chuck Sutherland

Rockcastle

Sections of the Rockcastle are protected under the state of Kentucky’s Wild Rivers Program and the river has been recognized with an Outstanding National Resource

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Businesses in the basin

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