Bird Mountain is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wartburg, TN that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Wild flowers abundant on this segment of the Cumberland Trail The preferred route will start from the campground on the Lookout Tower Trail. You will follow this wide well graded trail for about 4 miles before it intersects with the Bird Mountain Trail. You are now traveling on the Cumberland Trail, the Frozen Head Segment, which when completed will run from Signal Mtn. to Cumberland State Park covering more than 300 miles. On a spring day you can enjoy many different species of violets and Bloodroot. A great lunch or campsite is on top of Bird Mountain where more wildflowers such as Spring Beauty and Jack in the Pulpit can be spotted. You will navigate over 15 switchbacks as you descend back to the trailhead. An interesting section to be explored is the Castle Rock, which located just off the trail. This is a great trail to be enjoyed year round but especially in the spring to view more than a dozen varieties of wild flowers.
Day 3 backpacking in Frozen Head - hiked up the Lookout Tower, connected to Bird Mountain Trail to camp on Bird Mountain. If you go that route, fill up your water at the start or Linlog Branch (filter!) You are without water sources again until final mile.
Saw a few turkeys and numerous deer.
As I approached summit, and down toward the campsite, noticed 5 fresh bear scat on the trail... Rather problematic when there were no trees to hang my bear bag from.
It was REALLY windy, several branches fell in vicinity. Decided to haul tail back to trailhead before sunset. (less than 90 minutes)
Castle Rock looked cool, but didn't have time to explore. Some blazes btwn the campsite and the switchbacks were hard to locate. I am not one to use hiking poles, but they would definitely be helpful - especially after a rain.
Amazing switchbacks!! 1900 ft. ascent in .9 of a mile. Loved it.
I did this trail with a boy scout troop and we camped at the small site just below the summit. The trails are in good condition and are well marked. I was not impressed with the view from the summit, there were better views along the trail though. There is a great feature below the summit called castle rock, that was impressive. There was not a good water source anywhere near the top.