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Cumberland Mountain State Park is the point of beginning and endpoint for the 2016 BRAT. Located at the heart of the Cumberland Plateau, the park was created in the 1930s to embellish a fascinating social experiment called the Cumberland Homesteads Project. The State Park and the surrounding homesteads have kept an extraordinary architectural beauty intact, with a hundreds of impressive and practical sandstone homes, bridges, and other structures – a community like no other left from the New Deal. The Cumberland Mountain State Park features a new interpretive center dedicated to that story, and hiking, trails, buildings, and the large pure stone dam created by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The park trails pass rockhouses, hemlock groves, mountain streams, and alongside a small lake.