This stretch of the Soddy Creek section is the southern portion of the Three Gorges Segment, a 30+ mile contiguous piece of the Cumberland Trail. It will connect to the south with the North Chickamauga Creek Segment (route to be determined) and proceeds northward from Little Soddy Creek for another 12 miles to its junction with the Possum Creek Section of the Three Gorges Segment.
This stretch includes the Little Soddy Historic Mining Area (BROCHURE). The access trail from the Sluder Lane Trail Head (blazed blue) was built during the first “Big Dig,” a volunteer trail-building event in 2003. The access trail was completed as a loop trail during Winter BreakAway 2012 by students from the University of Kansas.
The main trail was constructed over the following two years. Highlights include spectacular views of the valley from the escarpment, boulders and rock formations, and at the northern end, a historic walk through the remnants of one the oldest tunnel coal-mining operations in Tennessee.