Are you looking for a day out filled with fun, fresh air, and exercise? What if I told you I can help, and the location is only a few minutes from I-40 in Putnam County? Read further to learn more about the hidden gem called Whitaker Park!
Located just three minutes from the busy world of I-40 sits lovely Whitaker Park in Monterey, Tennessee.

Donated to the City by its namesake Jeff Whitaker in 1893, the acreage that comprises Whitaker Park has provided family fun for generations!


From a jaw-dropping wooden pirate ship play area to traditional jungle gyms, swings, and slides, the playground portion is built for burning off “Capri Sun” calories!

Note: If you’re looking to cool off on a hot day, Whitaker Park has just what you need in their new water feature!

Party Time

Before planning your next birthday party, consider renting one of the two covered pavilions available at Whitaker Park!

Walking Path

Maybe you’re looking for a safe, easy-to-access walking path? Again, the park is up to the task! Note: four laps equal one mile for those counting.


Last but not least, the park doubles as a concert and event venue, sporting a gorgeous amphitheater. Remember to be on the lookout for events hosted by the city (spoiler, there are plenty of them, especially in the warmer months!)

Secret no more!

For those unfamiliar or new to the area, Whitaker Park and the City of Monterey sit between Crossville and Cookeville on I-40 (mile markers 300 and 301). An easy drive and a quaint, beautiful city await those wanting to make a day of exploring the area!

So, now you know about the best-kept secret in the Upper Cumberland, Whitaker Park. Warm days are ahead so pack your favorite book, dust off those walking shoes, and come enjoy a day of outdoor fun in Monterey, Tennessee!

To learn more about Monterey and the exciting things happening here, explore our tourism site today! Thanks for reading!