Man sits at picnic table at Ensor Sink.

Find a quiet place to study at Ensor Sink Natural Area.

Ensor Sink Natural Area

This beautiful little park in the heart of town features picnic tables, two walking trails, a small amphitheater for lectures and other educational uses, a stone council ring for scout meetings and nature groups, as well as a gazebo with an informational kiosk on Cookeville’s sink hole system.

Father and son walk past Dogwood Park fountain

Enjoy the refreshing splash of Dogwood Park’s interactive fountain April through October.

Dogwood Park

A green oasis in the downtown area at 30 East Broad Street, across from the Cookeville Municipal Building, this park is a great place for picnics and relaxing. The park features a performance pavilion, an interactive fountain that flows throughout the spring and summer months, and the Heart of the City Playground, the area’s only all-inclusive, fully accessible playground.

Woman feeds birds at lake

Feeding Cane Creek Park’s feathered inhabitants is a favorite activity among visitors.

Cane Creek Park

Cookeville’s largest park and the “Finest Municipal Park in the Upper Cumberland,” located at 201 CC Camp Road, hosts well over 100,000 visitors annually. The park has a concession stand, three picnic shelters, basketball and volleyball courts, play equipment, walking and mountain biking trails, boat rentals and an 18-hole disc golf course. Hours are 7 a.m.-9 p.m. April 1 through Memorial Day; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Labor Day through Oct. 30; and 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 31 through March 31. Shelters may be rented by calling 520-4FUN (4386). Paddleboats and canoes may be rented at the concession stand April through September. Fishing bait is also available. For more information, call the park office at 931-526-6668.

Children swing on playground

Playtime adventures await at Cinderella Park.

Cinderella Park

Cinderella Park, located at the end of Mitchell Avenue at 700 Cinderella Lane, is one of Cookeville’s oldest neighborhood parks. It has play equipment, a picnic shelter with tables, basketball court and restroom facilities. The park is the perfect place to take a break while walking or biking along the new Tennessee Central Heritage Rail Trail. The 4.2-mile trail extends from the Cookeville Depot Museum to the Algood ball fields.

Play equipment and picnic shelter

Play equipment and a picnic shelter are among the offerings at West End Park.

West End Park

This neighborhood park, located at 609 West End Street, has play equipment, picnic shelters, basketball and volleyball courts, an open ball field, new restroom facilities… and history. Darwin School, which served the area’s African-American students during the days of segregation, stood there until it burned in 1963.

gazebo

A cozy gazebo awaits visitors.

Walnut Park

Located behind the Senior Citizens Center at 186 S. Walnut Ave., this small park offers a walking trail, picnic tables and a gazebo.

Play equipment and a bench

Children are drawn to this popular neighborhood park.

Franklin Avenue Park

This neighborhood park can be found at the corner of Franklin Avenue and 6th Street. It has play equipment, benches and a small picnic shelter. A water tower once stood on the site.

Tire swing and picnic shelter

Good times and picnics await at Park View Park.

Park View Park

This park, located at 570 Scott Ave. near Park View Elementary School, features a shaded playground and picnic shelter with tables.

Kayaker on lake

A kayaker glides along the 35-acre City Lake.

City Lake Natural Area

This lake and natural area, located off Bridgeway Drive, is a favorite spot among fishermen seeking catfish, bass and bream. Kayakers are known to glide across the 35-acre lake as well. Cookeville’s first water treatment facility was constructed here. A short trail takes walkers past a historic structure toward cascading waters.

Picnic table in the park

Picnickers can find a peaceful place to relax at Capshaw Park.

Capshaw Park

This natural area, adjacent to Capshaw Elementary School on the corner of South Maple, Stevens Street and Elm Avenue, features picnic tables and trails.