Embracing the Outdoors: Your Guide to Spring on the Cumberland Plateau

Spring is nature’s way of reminding us that change can be beautiful. For seniors seeking a rejuvenating escape, there’s no place more picturesque or invigorating than the Cumberland Plateau. This season, explore the area’s boundless natural wonders, cultural gems, and plenty of activities tailor-made for a robust and fulfilling senior lifestyle. 

Uplands Village is proud to call the Cumberland Plateau home, and our life plan community truly thrives in this beautiful environment. If you’re ready to bask in the warmth of Spring and the tranquility of the Cumberland Plateau, read on for an insider’s guide bursting with vibrant possibilities.

Discovering Nature on the Cumberland Plateau

The Cumberland Plateau is a canvas of contrasting landscapes, from wooded glades and misty waterfalls to sandstone bluffs that trace the horizon. Here, nature invites individuals to reconnect with the environment and find serenity in every step.

Hiking in the Highlands: Trails That Beckon

Dust off your hiking boots and set out on a journey through some of Tennessee’s most scenic trails. Start with the gentle yet awe-inspiring paths like the Overlook Loop that provide sweeping views without an arduous ascent. For those searching for a bit more adventure, the Fiery Gizzard Trail challenges you with boulder-strewn paths and cascading streams.

Spotting Wildlife and Birdwatching

Observing nature’s critters in their habitat is a source of joy and wonder. Spring brings a flurry of activity, making it an ideal time to spot a range of species, from the elusive Red-Cheeked Salamander to the majestic Bald Eagle.

Immerse in Historical Richness 

Beyond its natural splendor, the Cumberland Plateau is steeped in history that’s as rich and layered as the geological formations it harbors. Step into the past to understand the people who shaped Tennessee and the United States.

Museums and Treasured Sites

Undoubtedly, the area’s museums and historical landmarks are not to be missed. The Cumberland Homesteads Tower Museum chronicles the area’s homestead community established during the Great Depression. The Pioneer Hall Museum, located on Main Street, tells the story of early Cumberland County life, including the Pleasant Hill Academy. 

Pioneer Hall holds a rich historical significance not just for the Cumberland Plateau area but also for the founding of Uplands Village. It began with the construction of a dormitory for Pleasant Hill Academy students in 1885. It now serves as a museum, highlighting the Academy’s past and the remarkable medical contributions of Dr. May Wharton, known as the Doctor Woman of the Cumberlands. Dr. May’s involvement in Pleasant Hill dates back to 1917 when she arrived with her husband, who became the Academy’s principal.

Together with her colleagues, she spearheaded the establishment of a hospital and tuberculosis sanitorium, providing care to the community. Following the hospital’s relocation to Crossville, Dr. May initiated the development of a nursing home and laid the foundation for what is now the Uplands Village life plan community, continuing her legacy of compassionate service.

Relish the Pleasures of Outdoor Pursuits

Spring on the Cumberland Plateau also heralds the season of outdoor recreation, where individuals can enjoy a variety of leisurely activities that perfectly blend nature and sport.

The Sport of Fishing

Experience the thrill of ‘the catch’ with a peaceful day cast into the calm waters of one of the area’s many lakes. Whether you’re angling for bass, crappie, or trout, fishing is not just a pastime; it’s an opportunity to savor the stillness of the lake and reconnect with the rhythm of nature.

Tee Off in Paradise

Embark on a memorable golfing adventure at one of the Cumberland Plateau’s world-class golf courses. With their emerald fairways and backdrop of rolling hills, these courses offer a challenge to seasoned golfers and a picturesque introduction for those new to the game.

Prioritize Health and Wellness in the Spring

The benefits of the area’s outdoor activities extend far beyond mere enjoyment; they contribute significantly to the health and well-being of residents.

Health-Boosting Effects of Nature

The positive impacts of nature on physical and mental health are well-documented. From increased Vitamin D levels to reduced stress, anxiety, and depression, spending time outdoors has far-reaching benefits.

Exercise Routines

Spring energizes the will to exercise, and residents at Uplands Village can partake in a range of activities that are tailored to their fitness levels and health goals. These include exercise sessions, nature walks, and water aerobics in Uplands Village’s heated pool — all designed to maintain mobility, strength, and balance.

Nourishing Body and Soul with Spring’s Bounty

Spring also provides an abundant harvest of seasonal fruits and vegetables that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Residents of our life plan community can explore the great outdoors, participate in enriching activity classes, and savor farm-to-table dining experiences that celebrate the freshness of Spring on the Cumberland Plateau.

As the days grow warmer and the landscape greener, Uplands Village calls individuals to an active, enriching, and healthful Spring. Whether you crave the adventure of the open road, the sanctuary of nature, or the camaraderie of a community brimming with cultural opportunities, the Cumberland Plateau has it all.

Take the season of renewal as your cue to embrace all that the Cumberland Plateau has to offer. Engaging in the world around you is the key to an enhanced quality of life, and Uplands Village is the perfect launchpad for a fulfilling Spring season. Make the most of this time – and every season – at Uplands Village. 

Contact our team today to learn more about our life plan community in the heart of the Cumberland Plateau!