Cookeville’s largest park, located at 201 C C Camp Road, has three picnic shelters, several walking trails, a mountain bike trail, basketball and volleyball courts, play equipment, 18-hole disc golf course, paddleboat rentals and a concession stand. Hours are 7 a.m.-9 p.m. from the daylight saving time change (mid-March) 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 until the daylight saving time change. Shelters may be rented by calling 520-4FUN (4386). Paddleboats may be rented at the concession stand April through October. (Concession stand hours are the first Saturday in April until Memorial Day: Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, 1-7 p.m.; Memorial Day until Putnam County schools reopen: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, 1-7 p.m.; and from the time schools reopen until mid-October, Saturday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, 1-7 p.m.) For more information, call the park office at 931-526-6668.
City Lake Natural Area offers the invigorating sight of cascading waters at the end of a walking trail.
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 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. To get there, take Interstate 40 east to Exit 290. Turn right onto East Spring Street (Hwy 70N) and then take a left onto Bridgeway Drive and keep going to the lake.
Enjoy the refreshing splash of Dogwood Park’s fountain April through October.
A downtown oasis 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, interactive fountain that flows in spring, summer and early fall, and Heart of the City Playground, the area’s only all-inclusive, fully accessible playground.
The playground at Cinderella Park is a popular children’s destination.
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 shelters 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.
Good times and picnics await visitors at Park View Park.
Park View Park
This park, located at 570 Scott Ave. near Park View Elementary School, features a shaded playground, picnic shelter with tables and nearby baseball fields.
A cozy gazebo awaits visitors.
Located behind the Cookeville Senior Citizens Center at 186 S. Walnut Ave., this small park offers a walking trail, picnic tables and a gazebo.
Find a quiet place to study at Ensor Sink Natural Area.
Ensor Sink Natural Area
This beautiful little park in the heart of town, 670 Clover Hill Road, 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 about Cookeville’s sink hole system.
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 at 550 N. Franklin Ave. It has play equipment, benches and a small picnic shelter. A water tower once stood on the site.
Picnickers can find a peaceful place to relax at Capshaw Park.
This natural area, adjacent to Capshaw Elementary School on the corner of South Maple, Stevens Street and Elm Avenue at 560 E. Stevens St., features picnic tables and trails.