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The Cumberland Trails Conference

Trailbuilders for the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park

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What is the Cumberland Trails Conference?

The mission of the Cumberland Trails Conference is to provide paid and volunteer labor, equipment, supplies and vehicles to design and construct the Cumberland Trail under the auspices of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

The continued development and construction of the Cumberland Trail is accomplished through a working relationship between the Cumberland Trails Conference (CTC), the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Park, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.  The CTC, private corporations, foundations, individuals, and others assist TDEC in raising funds for land acquisition, providing maintenance, and further developing the Cumberland Trail.



The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail State Park operates a professional trail crew mostly in the north sections.

The Cumberland Trails Conference also maintains a professional trail crew that works twelve months a year.  Additional labor comes from thousands of hours of volunteer service provided through the CTC, including through the CTC BreakAway, a college Alternative Spring Break program.

CTC is a non-profit 501-(c)(3) membership organization.

What is the Cumberland Trail?

The Cumberland Trail is an extensive foot trail constructed and maintained largely by volunteers from Tennessee and across the nation. The Trail is managed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).

Building the Cumberland Trail is a grassroots effort, driven by communities along the trail, government agencies, and a broad network of volunteers. This successful private/public partnership is a model often cited to demonstrate the power of volunteerism and public/private partnerships.

When completed, the Cumberland Trail will extend more than 300 miles from its northern terminus in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Kentucky to its southern terminus at the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park located on Signal Mountain just outside Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Cumberland Trail Segments

The scenic footpath follows a line of high ridges and deep gorges along or near the rugged, eastern edge of Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau. The trail offers a unique wilderness experience and many scenic views, waterfalls, landscapes, gorges, wildlife, and widely varying flora. As a remote, back-country trail, it meanders through eleven Tennessee counties, on lands managed by Tennessee’s Departments of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), and Tennessee Forestry.

There are more than 50 trail heads for the 12 Segments and 28 Sections of the 210 open miles on the Cumberland Trail.

Below the map are links to these 12 segments with their trail sections.  Click on the  links to get maps to sections of each segment.

Report Trail Conditions

Please report adverse trail conditions to the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail State Park
headquarters at: 423-566-2229 or send an email to cumberland.trail@tn.gov

Volunteers Needed

1896

Volunteer hours in 2022 to date

July 8-9 2022 trailbuilding

One last chance to volunteer this year!!!!

When: December 9th @ 8:30am ET
Where: Upper Piney River Segment

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News

Nov 22 newsletter

November 2022 News

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End-of-Year Giving -- Our trail crew is funded in part by donations from supporters like you. Donations no matter how big or small help fund this cause. Your donations go directly to new trail construction, purchasing necessary trail equipment, trail education, and our monthly volunteer events. All donations are tax-deductible.
Bobs Trails Trees and Gardens

Big Fun at November Volunteer Trailbuilding Event

Our November Volunteer Event was a huge success! Over the course of two days 17 volunteers pulled 865 feet of duff. We are grateful for volunteers who come out and sacrifice their time all in the name of completing the Cumberland Trail. Thanks…
Rhea County trail

Rhea County awards CTC $10,000 for trailwork in Rhea County

On November 15th, the Rhea County Commission voted to allocate $10,000 to the Cumberland Trails Conference to help finish the Rhea County portion of the Cumberland Trail. We are so grateful to receive these funds and are excited about building…

Volunteer Spotlight – Dustin Davis

When Dustin isn’t volunteering with the CTC he works as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in the Crossville area. He is an avid meditator and ordained Buddhist minister which has resulted in lots of time on silent retreat in nature.
Mark Hilling

Volunteer Spotlight – Mark Hilling

“I have always loved hiking and have greatly appreciated the time people put into creating incredible places for me to walk.  I feel that it is important that I be a giver sometimes and not just a taker of the efforts of others that do…
September 2022 Trailbuilding Cumberland Trail

September 2022 Volunteer Event

Our Volunteers never cease to amaze us! The September Volunteer Days were extremely productive. These fine folks pulled 775 feet of duff and moved some really large rocks. We can’t thank them enough for coming out and sacrificing their time and energy to help move the CT closer to completion!
Four Seasons Garden Club, Dayton Tennessee

CTC speaks at the Four Seasons Garden Club, Dayton TN

CTC Operations Coordinator Savana Keeton spoke at the Four Seasons Garden Club in Dayton, TN on Tuesday evening, September 13, 2022.
Stunning view southeast into Grassy Cove from Black Mountain. (Stephens)Gary Stephens

Free Guided Hike – Black Mountain Overlook Trail

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When:  Saturday, June 18 at 12:00 PM CDT Where:  We will meet in the parking lot on top of Black Mountain. The physical address is 2000-3398 Black Mountain Rd, Crossville, TN 38555. Join our Executive Director Mike Croley for a guided…
Bobs Trails Trees and Gardens

BE LIKE BOB!!!

Meet Bob Richards. He owns Bob’s Trails, Trees and Gardens. Bob is a long time supporter of the CTC and for our last volunteer event he pledged $1.00 for every foot of trail built. The volunteers built 775 feet and Bob rounded his gift…
Building trail with CTC

December 9 Volunteer Event

One last chance to volunteer this year!!!! When: December 9th @ 8:30am ET Where: Upper Piney River Segment Meet up at: Big Apple Market on Hwy 68. Physical address is 1543 Wassom Memorial Hwy, Spring City, TN 37381 Tools will be provided.…
Possum Creek Trail Maintenance Nov 2022

Possum Creek Trail Maintenance – Saturday November 5th

Come help build new trail on the Upper Piney River Segment!! This is guaranteed to be one of the most beautiful segments of the Cumberland Trail when completed. When: April 8th -9th @ 8:30am ET Where: Upper Piney River Segmen
Volunteer Trailbuilding Cumberland Trail Nov 2022

Volunteer Trail Building Day – November 18th & 19th

Come help build new trail on the Upper Piney River Segment!! This is guaranteed to be one of the most beautiful segments of the Cumberland Trail when completed. When: April 8th -9th @ 8:30am ET Where: Upper Piney River Segmen

Volunteer Trail Building Day – October 7th & 8th

Come help build new trail on the Upper Piney River Segment!! This is guaranteed to be one of the most beautiful segments of the Cumberland Trail when completed. When: April 8th -9th @ 8:30am ET Where: Upper Piney River Segmen

Volunteer Trail Building Day – September 16th & 17th

Come help build new trail on the Upper Piney River Segment!! This is guaranteed to be one of the most beautiful segments of the Cumberland Trail when completed. When: April 8th -9th @ 8:30am ET Where: Upper Piney River Segmen

Volunteer Trail Building Day – August 12th & 13th

Come help build new trail on the Upper Piney River Segment!! This is guaranteed to be one of the most beautiful segments of the Cumberland Trail when completed. When: April 8th -9th @ 8:30am ET Where: Upper Piney River Segmen
July 8-9 2022 trailbuilding

Volunteer Trail Building Day – July 8th & 9th

Come help build new trail on the Upper Piney River Segment!! This is guaranteed to be one of the most beautiful segments of the Cumberland Trail when completed. When: April 8th -9th @ 8:30am ET Where: Upper Piney River Segmen
Stunning view southeast into Grassy Cove from Black Mountain. (Stephens)Gary Stephens

Free Guided Hike – Black Mountain Overlook Trail

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When:  Saturday, June 18 at 12:00 PM CDT Where:  We will meet in the parking lot on top of Black Mountain. The physical address is 2000-3398 Black Mountain Rd, Crossville, TN 38555. Join our Executive Director Mike Croley for a guided…
Trailbuilding June 10-11 2022

Volunteer Trail Building Day – June 10th & 11th

Come help build new trail on the Upper Piney River Segment!! This is guaranteed to be one of the most beautiful segments of the Cumberland Trail when completed. When: April 8th -9th @ 8:30am ET Where: Upper Piney River Segmen