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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.

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

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.

Trail Building Opportunity

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: June 10th & 11th @ 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. Please bring work gloves, dress appropriately for weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water.

Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided.

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Trailbuilding June 10-11 2022

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Smartphone Wildflower Photography Program – May 28, 2022

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Join Executive Director Mike Croley at the Black Mountain Loop Trailhead for this workshop to bring out the true capabilities of today's impressive smartphone cameras! Please bring your own smartphone (this is meant for both iPhones and Android…

CTC featured in Exploring Chattanooga

Our April trailbuilding exercise was attended and documented by the popular blogger - Exploring Chattanooga. Have a read and see what fun it is to build trail with the Cumberland Trails Conference. And there's video! https://youtu.…

So much fun building trail in April!

Our April 8th & 9th Volunteer Event was a HUGE success! With the help of our volunteers, 700 feet of hand built trail was constructed. THANKS to all who came out!!!!
Tennessee's WildSide

Cumberland Trail Building featured on Tennessee’s WildSide TV

Tennessee's WildSide TV made a video featuring Cumberland Trail Building. Visit their website here or just watch the video below. https://youtu.be/P02BCHUGPY4
Extreme Terrain Clean Trail Project Logo

Extreme Terrain Clean Trail Program Donates to CTC

The Cumberland Trails Conference has received a grant from Extreme Terrain Clean Trail Program for $250 for tool purchases. These tools come just in time to help us with the Alternative Spring Break program.
Patagonia donated items

Patagonia gives us stainless steel pint cups!

Patagonia is supporting CTC and our Alternative Spring Break with a generous donation of stainless steel pint cups. Who doesn't need these?  Thanks, Patagonia.
Sockwell-donated-items

Sockwell gives us socks!

Sockwell is giving a pair of socks to every student, volunteer, and staff member for Alternative Spring Break 2022. We are really going to need these!
Tennessee Trails Association donates to CTC

Tennessee Trails Association donates to CTC

      The Tennessee Trails Association Highland Rim chapter's Joan Hartvigsen and Marietta Poteet present a donation to the Cumberland Trail Conference's Executive Director, Mike Croley. Mike spoke at the chapter's…
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
lady slippers Cumberland Trail

Smartphone Wildflower Photography Program – May 28, 2022

,
Join Executive Director Mike Croley at the Black Mountain Loop Trailhead for this workshop to bring out the true capabilities of today's impressive smartphone cameras! Please bring your own smartphone (this is meant for both iPhones and Android…

CTC featured in Exploring Chattanooga

Our April trailbuilding exercise was attended and documented by the popular blogger - Exploring Chattanooga. Have a read and see what fun it is to build trail with the Cumberland Trails Conference. And there's video! https://youtu.…

So much fun building trail in April!

Our April 8th & 9th Volunteer Event was a HUGE success! With the help of our volunteers, 700 feet of hand built trail was constructed. THANKS to all who came out!!!!
Trailbuilding May 13-14 2022

Volunteer Trail Building Day – May 13th & 14th

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
Tennessee's WildSide

Cumberland Trail Building featured on Tennessee’s WildSide TV

Tennessee's WildSide TV made a video featuring Cumberland Trail Building. Visit their website here or just watch the video below. https://youtu.be/P02BCHUGPY4
Extreme Terrain Clean Trail Project Logo

Extreme Terrain Clean Trail Program Donates to CTC

The Cumberland Trails Conference has received a grant from Extreme Terrain Clean Trail Program for $250 for tool purchases. These tools come just in time to help us with the Alternative Spring Break program.