The Bird Mountain Segment marks the transition from the Cumberland Plateau to the Cumberland Mountains. From the small town of Wartburg, the trail will climb the spine of Bird Mountain, eventually reaching an elevation of over 3,000 feet before descending to Ross Gap. Currently, only 0.7 mile west of Ross Gap has been constructed.
However, acquisition of the Emory Tract as part of the “Connecting the Cumberlands” Initiative has provided public access for much of the future trail construction from Wartburg to the current piece at Ross Gap. Highlights of this Emory Tract Section will likely include vistas from the crest of Bird Mountain and the remains of historic coal mining near Ross Gap. This hike will access Ross Gap from the Rocky Fork Trailhead in Frozen Head State Park.