A NEW WELCOME CENTER ON THE CUMBERLAND PLATEAU
The Gateway to the Big South Fork Visitors Center off I-40 at Exit 320 in Crossville officially opened on April 17. The facility showcases the popular natural and man-made tourism attractions in Cumberland County plus adventure tourism destinations such as Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Obed Wild and Scenic River, and Cumberland Mountain State Park.
The center will be open seven days a week, with a ranger from Big South Fork assisting the staff on Saturdays and Sundays.
Crossville is notably “The Golf Capitol of Tennessee” with 10 golf courses, but is also a destination for live entertainment, winery tours and numerous cultural/heritage experiences. The Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce, which is responsible for the operation of the center, is also a participant in the state’s Retire Tennessee program. This facility will aid with the community’s efforts to educate visitors about the area as they seek a retirement destination.
Construction for the project was funded jointly by Cumberland County and the city of Crossville plus a matching federal grant administered through the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Several other private donations of land and funds contributed to the completion of the facility.
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