Head of the Sequatchie Ranger Station

 A new trailhead and ranger station are open at Head of the Sequatchie as of June 2017.  The trail connection from HOS north to Jewett Road and the Brady Mountain Section is underdevelopment.

Parking in HOS : A new access road was built in 2017.

The Head of Sequatchie is open each week Thursday – Sunday (10am – 5:30pm CT) for the 2019 Summer Season. Directions/Details:  http://www.friendsofthecumberlandtrail.org/directions-to-head-of-sequatchie-management-area/ or call 423-566-2229 (M-F 8am to 4:30pm ET).

Vehicles left in gated areas after sunset are subject to being towed or locked in. Overnight parking is allowed by permit at designated trailheads only.

For more information contact the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail office at:423-566-2229 .


Google Maps link HERE


Head of Sequatchie Section

Grassy Cove Segment

Ed Note:  This page will become Head of Sequatchie Section description once final mile of trail is built from the HOW ranger station up to Jewett Road. Target for completion: unknown.


Directions to HOS

Directions from Nashville to Sequatchie Valley:

  • From I-40 East, turn of and take the Peavine Road exit #322 from the interstate. As you turn off the interstate  go up the ramp and at the top turn right .
  • Continue straight to a 4 way stop, after stopping, go straight. You are now on the Miller Bypass around Crossville.
  • Follow the bypass to the next traffic light.  Turn left. You are now on Hwy 127 going south.
  • Follow 127 south. In 2.4 miles stay right at the split for TN 68.  Stay on 127.  From the highway 68 split to the main entrance for Cumberland Mountain SP is .6 miles.
  • Continue south on highway 127 for roughly 2 miles. At a small gas station take the fork to the LEFT. Street sign says “Old TN 28.”
  • Follow Old TN 28 for approximately 5 miles.  The road forks at a recycling station on the left.  Take the left fork – more or less straight.  The road to the right is Rhea Road. The mountains visible to the left are the Crab Orchard Mountains.
  • Follow Old highway 28 about 2.5 miles.
  • Turn left at the brown Head of the  Sequatchie sign. This access road was built in 2017. At the bottom of the road, turn left and follow signs for parking.

Directions from Knoxville to the Sequatchie Valley

      • From I-40 East take the Peavine Road exit #322 from the interstate.  At the top of the ramp, turn left.
      • Continue thru the next traffic light. You will come to a 4 way stop, after stopping go straight. You are now on the bypass around Crossville.
      • Follow the by pass to the next traffic light. Turn left. You are now on Hwy 127 going south.
      • Follow 127 south. In 2.4 miles stay right at the split for TN 68.  Stay on 127.  From the highway 68 split to the main entrance to Cumberland Mountain SP is .6 miles.
      • Continue south on highway 127 for roughly 2 miles. At a small gas station take the fork to the LEFT. Street sign says “Old TN 28.”
      • Follow Old TN 28 for approximately 5 miles.  The road forks at a recycling station on the left.  Take the left fork – more or less straight.  The road to the right is Rhea Road. The mountains visible to the left are the Crab Orchard Mountains.
      • Follow Old highway 28 about 2.5 miles.
      • Turn left at the brown Head of the  Sequatchie sign. This access road was built in 2017. At the bottom of the road, turn left and follow signs for parking.

Brady Mountain Trailhead:

Brady Mountain at TN Route 68. (El. 1,816′  N35 52.188 W84 55.753)

To reach the Brady Mountain trailhead, take Highway 68 for 4.6 miles from the Highway 68/127 junction just east out of Crossville, Tennessee. The trail head is a large paved pull off on the right at the top of the rise above Grassy Cove. Brady Mountain Trailhead serves as the Southern Terminus for the Black Mountain Section and the Northern Terminus for the Brady Mountain Section.

Enter the woods on the south side of RT. 68. There is a CT kiosk with maps.  The trail begins an assent up an old logging road. A full trail description for Brady Mountain Section is HERE.

Jewett Road Trailhead:

Reopend Fall 2019.

Jewett Road (El. 2,118′  N35 47.542 W84 58.583)

Follow directions above to Brady Mt trail head. Then continue on TN 68 through Grassy Cove for 8.4 miles to a right turn on Jewett Road. Follow Jewett Road for 6.6 miles to the trailhead. Trailhead is easy to overlook, so drive slow and watch carefully for the wooden posts where the trailhead sign used to be on the right several yards off the road. There is no constructed trailhead parking area, only a wide spot in the road. There is parking directly across the road from the trailhead that is large enough for 1 average size car or maybe two small cars. There is another wide spot in the road about 200 feet past the trailhead that is large enough for 2 or 3 cars.

The Jewett Road Trailhead can also be reached from US 127 north of Pikeville. Turn right on Rhea Road (unmarked, 0.1 miles north of Vandever Rd. on left). Go 1.5 miles then turn left on Old TN 28. Go 1.3 miles then turn right on Hinch Road (aka Happytop Road which turns into Jewett Road). Go 4.1 miles on Hinch/Happytop/Jewett road and reach the trailhead described above.

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