The Signal & Edwards Points Section serves as the southern terminus of the Cumberland Trail.
It begins at Signal Point Park, part of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. From the overlook, the trail descends into Middle Creek Gorge and passing into the small Rainbow Lake Wilderness Area owned by the Town of Signal Mountain. Crossing Middle Creek, the trail enters Prentice Cooper State Forest and Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
The trail ascends out of the gorge to then follow the plateau rim, affording multiple overlooks of the Tennessee River Gorge. At Mushroom Rock, the trail drops into the North Suck Creek Gorge, crosses this creek on a suspension bridge, and eventually emerges on Suck Creek Road (TN 27).
Highlights include Signal Point; an overlook of Julia Falls (wet-weather waterfall); Lockhart’s Arch, among other rock formations; and Edwards Point with its spectacular view of the Tennessee River Gorge.
NOTE: While trails beyond Suck Creek Road are closed periodically during hunting season in the state forest and WMA, this Signal and Edwards Points Section remains open for hikers year round.