Cumberland Trail Conference, a Tennessee State Scenic Hiking Trail.


Cumberland Trail Segment Overview
Maps & Trail Information

Still a work-in-progress, the Cumberland Trail is a remote footpath that will pass north to south through 11 Tennessee counties on the eastern escarpment of the Cumberland Plateau.  Once completed, the trail corridor will be contained on public lands.  Presently, 176 miles are maintained and open for hiking and other outdoor activities.  These miles are divided into 14 different segments.  Between these segments, land acquisition for the proposed trail corridor is an on-going process, so gaps in the proposed trail route do exist.  The Cumberland Trail Conference working with Tennessee’s Department of Environment and Conservation, other government agencies, and private organizations are all diligently working to acquire the needed land and close the gaps.  The open sections are all uniquely different and allow hikers access to remote areas preserved for their natural or scenic beauty that cannot be otherwise accessed.Hiking the Cumberland Trail

For trail users interested in over-night camping, regulations vary depending on the land managing agency.  Some backcountry sites have been established that require registration, while in other areas camping is allowed anywhere but Leave No Trace practices are encouraged.  Please see the rules and regulations for the particular section of trail of interest. As with most remote backcountry, water sources, all drinking water should be treated.

In addition to providing quality outdoor experiences and supporting tourism, the CT brings opportunities for conservation education and the protection of natural and cultural resources.  Tennessee's hiking trails are a prime attraction to the most visited parks and provide numerous opportunities for environmental and cultural education.  The CT brings watershed and view shed protection, greenway corridors, and wildlife conservation to this rich ecological region.  Located in an economically challenged region; the Cumberland Trail will provide both recreation and viable renewable economic opportunities to the communities of the Cumberland Plateau.  Furthermore, the Cumberland Trail is a major component of the Great Eastern Trail.  Once completed, this trail will provide hikers with an alternative to the relatively crowded Appalachian Trail.

Download the latest Cumberland Trail Map

 Map of the Cumberland Trail
Please read the various hike descriptions and plan a hike on the Cumberland Trail.  Explore the spectacular gorges, thundering waterfalls, sandstone bluffs, and mountainous ridges with their many vistas and you will come to understand the unique beauty of Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau region.  The CTC wishes you happy hiking!

To join organized Cumberland Trail Hikes and Events, see the Hikes and Events page.

 

 

 

 

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Cumberland Trail Mileage by Segment, 12/31/09

No. Segment Name Southern
Terminus
Northern
Terminus
Miles Open Additional
Miles Needed
Total Miles at
Completion
        Main
Trail
Other
Trails
Main
Trail
Other
Trails
Main
Trail
Other
Trails
1 TN River
Gorge
Signal Point US-27 7.0 26.8 5 0 12 26.8
2 North
Chickamauga
US-27 Mowbray Pike 6.3 0.5 12.7 0 19.0 0.5
3 Soddy
Section
Mowbray Pike Heiss Mtn
RD
16.0 0.5 0 0 16.0 0.5
4 Possum
Section
Heiss Mtn
RD
Retro-
Hughes RD
9.5 0.1 0 0 9.5 0.1
5 Rock
Section
Retro-
Hughes RD
Leggett RD 5.2 4.4 0 0 5.2 4.4
6 Laurel-
Snow
Leggett RD Wash
Pelfrey RD
3.5 4.5 21.5 0 25.0 4.5
7 Piney
River
Wash
Pelfrey RD
Shut-In
Gap RD
5.3 4.7 10.0 0 15.3 4.7
8 Stinging
Fork
Shut-In
Gap RD
Jewett RD 0 1.5 13.4 1.4 13.4 2.9
9 Grassy
Cove
Jewett RD US-70 10.2 1.1 6.0 0.1 16.2 1.2
10 Crab
Orchid
US-70 Catoosa
WMA
0 0 14 0 14 0
11 Obed Wild
& Scenic
River
Catoosa
WMA
Nemo
Bridge
14.3 0 2.9 0 17.2 0
12 Frozen
Head
Nemo
Bridge
Frozen
Head SP
NE Corner
8.7 2.6 10 0 18.7 2.6
13 New
River
Frozen
Head SP
NE Corner
Cove
Lake SP
27.0 0 11.1 0 38.1 0
14 Cumberland
MTN
Cove
Lake SP
Tri-State
Marker
13 0.5 32 0 45 0.5
Total       126.0 47.2 138.6 1.5 264.6 48.7

Notes:
"Other trails" are connecting loop, spur, and access trails that are part of the Cumberland Trail.
"Miles Open" is the trail length measured on the ground by wheel, GPS, or other method.
"Additional Miles Needed" are estimates, not on-the-ground measurements.

Observations:

  • Miles presently open, Main Trail = 126.0
  • Miles presently open, Main Trail and Other trails = 126.0 + 47.2 = 173.2
  • Miles at completion, Main Trail = 264.6
  • Miles at completion, Main Trail and Other trails = 264.6 + 48.7 = 313.3

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Scout Troop Camp Crossing a stream in the snow
Hiker crossing a stream in the snow


Trail signs
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Cumberland Trail is well marked
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Send email to
cumberlandtrail@rocketmail.com

Cumberland Trail Conference
409 Thurman Ave, Suite 102
Crossville, TN 38555
(931) 456-6259