Spring Naturalist Rally - April 12 & 13
Join our park’s special guests, at the 10th annual Standing Stone Naturalist Rally, for a fun, educational experience as we take a jaunt through Standing Stone’s wild woods and natural history. Regardless if you’re a nature enthusiast or just enjoy a walk in the woods the rally has something to offer everyone. We hope you will come, enjoy your visit, and learn much about the natural history of the area. For more information call Shawn Hughes 931-823-6347.
NEW - Campsite Reservation System
Online reservations for campsites are now available. This service will offer visitors more ease and convenience when it comes to their park stay.
» Standing Stone Campground Reservations
Standing Stone cabins are some of the best places in Tennessee to experience winter on the Cumberland Plateau. Call 931-823-6347 or toll free
800-713-5157 to make your cabin reservation.
Stone State Park and Standing Stone State Forest covers nearly 11,000 acres on the Cumberland
Plateau of north-central Tennessee. The quaint and rustic park
is noted for its outstanding scenery, spring wildflowers, fossils
and other natural diversity.
The park is located in Overton County within a triangle formed by
highways connecting Livingston, Gainesboro and Celina, Tennessee.
In the 1930's, Standing Stone was an area plagued with soil erosion and sub-marginal lands. With the assistance of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Work Projects Administration, the Resettlement Administration and U.S. Forest Service, the area was made productive again. The project was threefold: to relocate area farmers on better land, to stop soil erosion and reforest the area and to develop opportunities for open space or outdoor recreation.
The park takes its name from the Standing Stone, a twelve-foot tall rock standing upright on a
sandstone ledge, which was supposedly used as a boundary line
between two separate Indian nations. When the rock fell, the Indians
placed a portion of it upon an improvised monument to preserve
it. The stone is still preserved in Monterey, Tennessee.
Aluminum fishing boats with paddles and pedal boats may be rented at the park office year-round. Patrons may bring their own electric trolling motor and battery for thefishing boats. Boating on Standing Stone Lake is permitted during daylight hours only. The only private boats allowed on Standing Stone Lake are canoes and kayaks.
Boating Regulations (exit TDEC)
Standing Stone is equipped with three types of cabins: Rustic (A-AA), Timberlodge (AA), Modern (AAA). The park has 14 Rustic Cabins that vary in accommodation in size and layout. The smallest of these includes 2 single beds, and the largest includes 4 double beds, with various arrangements in between. The Rustic cabins are equipped with air-conditioning, but not heat. They are available to rent April through October. Each of the 3 Timberlodge cabins include kitchen, bathroom, three bedrooms and can accommodate up to 10 people. These are open year-round, and have both heat and air-conditioning. The park has 4 Modern cabins, which each has 3 double beds and 2 single beds. The Modern cabins are open year-round as well, and are equipped with heat and air-conditioning.
Rustic and Timberlodge cabins have gas log fireplaces.
Cabin Descriptions and Capacities (.pdf format)
All cabins are completely equipped for housekeeping including appliances, microwave oven, all cooking and serving utensils and linens. There are no televisions or telephones in the cabins. All cabins have charcoal grills. Only one Modern cabin is available to accommodate pets, and has an extra charge. Otherwise, NO pets are allowed in cabins. View Pet Policy
Cabins may be reserved two years in advance. Check-in is at 3:00 pm and checkout is at 10:00 am.
NEW – Standing Stone Campground Reservations are now available online.
Standing Stone State Park's campground offers 36 tent and trailer sites, each equipped with a picnic table, charcoal grill, water hookups, and 20, 30, 50 amperage electrical hookups. RVs are limited to 45 feet. The campground is served with two central bathhouses and a dump station. Although the campground is open year round, only one bathhouse serves the campground during the winter season.
The maximum stay limit is two weeks. The Park honors Golden Access Cards for disabled and/or senior citizens discount. The campground provides accessibility to persons with disability.
Backcountry camping is not allowed in park.
Dogs, cats and other pets are prohibited unless they are on a leash or under physical restrictive control at all times. Pack animals are not allowed in the park.
Notice: Any vehicle over 30 feet must enter park by Highway 52. Park contains one-lane bridge.
Events and Programs
View details of our 2013 Event Schedule.
March 30 - Easter Egg Hunt - View flyer
April 12 & 13 - 10th Annual Naturalist Rally - View schedule. View poster
April 13 - Spring Wildflower Walk
Memorial Day thru Labor Day - Summer Programming
August 31 - 13th Annual Camper's Night Light Contest
Sept. 14 - 31st Annual Rolley Hole Marble Championships
Sept. 28 - 2nd Annual Storytelling Festival
Oct. 12 - 16th Annual Standing Stone State Park Car Show
Nov. 16 - Big Foot Scramble 5M Run
Rolley Hole - September 14, 2013
Held each September, Standing Stone State Park's Rolley Hole Marbles Tournament in Overton county is the world's most challenging marble tournament where only the finest players can hope to compete. This traditional marbles contest draws some of the country’s best players to a
tournament where players match wit and skills with special flint spheres on a
smooth dirt surface. Festival includes kids’ games, marble making, swap meet,
tournament play, demonstrations, music and food. (Registration is required for
the Rolley Hole Tournament.) This one of a kind family experience has been
featured by ESPN, Sports Illustrated, ABC Evening News, Charles Kurault and CBS, CNN, Smithsonian
Institution, National Geographic, Southern Living and Charles Schulz's Peanuts. For more information call 931-823-6347.
Standing Stone State Park provides interpretive programs June-August provided by the Park's Seasonal Interpretive Ranger. Programs vary year to year and cover a broad spectrum of interests. Programs are also available on a year round basis for organized groups upon request and availability of Park Interpretive Specialist and Park Rangers.
Dragonfly and Damselfly Checklist
Year-round fishing on the lovely, 69-acre Standing Stone Lake is a popular activity among park guests. Wildlife is abundant with common sightings of beavers, deer, ducks, frogs and turtles.
Visitors may fish from the bank of Standing Stone Lake and enjoy catching a variety of fish such as large-mouth bass, blue gill, crappie, lake trout and catfish.
Visitors must follow all TN Boating and Fishing Regulations. Valid TN Fishing license is required. All TWRA rules apply.
In addition, Dale Hollow Lake is only five miles from the park, and offers some of the finest fishing and water recreation in the state.
Standing Stone has four group lodges available:
Group Lodge 1 has 5 doubles beds and 6 single bunk beds, and accommodates up to 16 people. It also includes 2 bathrooms, a gas log fireplace, an outside charcoal grill, air-conditioning and is equipped with a modern kitchen and basic appliances. This lodge is available April through October and does not have heat.
Group Lodge 2 has 8 double beds and accommodates up to 16 people. It has 2 bathrooms, a wood-burning fireplace, a large outside charcoal grill, air-conditioning and is equipped with a modern kitchen and basic appliances. This lodge available April through October and does not have heat.
Group Lodge 3 has 6 double beds and accommodates up to 12 people. It includes 2 bathrooms, a gas log fireplace, an outside charcoal grill, central heat and air, and is equipped with a modern kitchen and basic appliances. This lodge is available year-round.
The Overton Lodge is "T-shaped" with 48 single bunk beds. It includes 2 large bathrooms, a wood-burning fireplace, a large outside charcoal grill, air-conditioning, and is equipped with an industrial kitchen area with commercial appliances. The Overton Lodge is secluded on the other side of the lake, which makes it great for church groups and large family reunions. It is approximately 10 minutes from the day use area. This lodge is available April through October.
Cabin Descriptions and Capacities (.pdf format)
All lodges are completely equipped for housekeeping including appliances, all cooking and serving utensils and linens. There are no televisions, microwaves, or telephones in the lodges, except for one payphone at the Overton Lodge. Lodges may be reserved two years in advance. Lodge rentals.
Standing Stone State Park offers over 8 miles of day-use hiking trails, providing access to some of the park's loveliest areas. Trails range from easy to strenuous and pass into virgin woods, through vivid wildflowers and over-flowing streams, and around beautiful Standing Stone Lake. Remember, all plants, animals and natural features are protected. Please leave them for others to enjoy!
Trails are open daily from 8 a.m. until one hour before sunset and are open year-round. Overnight camping and pack animals are not allowed on trails.
Hikers may inquire in the Park Office about maps for open trails.
» View the Hiking Map
The Tea Room at Standing Stone is the only conference-style meeting room available. It can accommodate up to 80 people and is approximately 800 sq ft. It has a large 200 sq ft cooking area equipped with modern stove, sink, and refrigerator, but does not have pots and pans for guest use. The Tea Room also includes a large back deck and 5 picnic tables outside. Great views of the Park Lake and natural scenery make it an ideal location for wedding receptions, family reunions and small conferences.
The Tea Room is open year round, and reservations are accepted up to 2 years in advance.
Standing Stone State Park has 17 open picnic sites with tables and charcoal grills provided. These picnic sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
There are 8 picnic pavilions that accommodate 30 - 75 people each. The pavilions are sheltered, and have concrete floors and charcoal grills. 5 pavilions require reservations and 3 are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call or visit park office for reservations. Reservations can be made up to 2 years in advance.
Most all picnic areas are near water restrooms and playgrounds.
Standing Stone State Park has an Olympic size pool with one low dive and a kiddie pool.
The pool opens Memorial Day, and closes no later than Labor Day. The pool provides accessibility to persons with disability. Separate bathhouses for men and women are located adjacent to pool area with available showers and changing rooms. A snack bar provides food and soft drinks. The pool is located within walking distance of cabins and camping via a paved foot trail.
Standing Stone State Park pool will be closed on Mondays, except Holiday weeks. Please call the park for those schedules. Cabin and camping guests will pay half price for admission to the pool.
The amphitheatre at Standing Stone has a scenic background and can be utilized for meetings, campfires, musical gatherings, and even small weddings. It seats around 100 people, and requires a park reservation. Call or visit park office for reservations.
A visit to Standing Stone State Park would not be complete without a visit to our gift shop where guests can choose from a wide range of clothing, hats, mugs and various unique park souvenirs. There is a gift to suit every budget and anyone who could not join you on your visit! Gift Shop is located in the Park Office and is open year around.
Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Park office is open 7 days a week.
The park also offers recreational activities such as badminton, ping-pong, tennis, horseshoes, croquet, softball, volleyball, basketball, marbles, and more. Recreational building is open during the summer months. Recreational equipment may be checked out at park office.
Tour buses are welcome. However, there is a one-lane bridge that will not accommodate vehicles over 30 feet. Buses can access day use areas, cabins and camping but will not be able to cross the narrow bridge to access the backside of the lake and the Overton Lodge group camp.