Cumberland County is roughly midway between Knoxville and Nashville atop the Cumberland Plateau. I-40 skirts the county seat, Crossville. The altitude mitigates the southern summer, and makes it a pleasant place for a vacation. Tourism is a significant part of the local economy. There are a disproportionate number of resorts, golf courses, and other such areas catering both to tourists and the large number of people who decide to make their vacation permanent. Industries include publishing, ceramics, baked goods, stationery products, knit products, and canned goods. Visitors enjoy several resorts, (two of which are clothing optional), a jewel of a state park, an unusually large playhouse, and outlet malls. But this area is emphatically not overrun with development. There is plenty of publicly owned wilderness for hikers and canoers.
Cumberland County currently enjoys a wide range of businesses including a commercial publisher, a variety of manufacturers including ceramic tile, rubber goods, stationery products, commercial canned goods, and baked goods. For real estate, see that category. For businesses serving the tourist industry, see Recreation.