CT Cumberland Mtn Segment is a 10.6 mile point-to-point trail located near La Follette, Tennessee and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Challenging hike provides crest trails, valley views, waterfall and a GeoCache This is a year round hike but best enjoyed in the fall and early spring. There are many wild flowers and plants to be discovered but unfortunately " poison ivy" in warm weather months.The trail is well blazed and double blazed at turns.Follow CT signs to begin hike at .50 mi go left under the RR bridge and start your ascend to the top of Cumberland Mtn. Once you reach the crest you will literally walk along on top of the mountain range for about 60% of the trail. GPS users be sure to get the waypoints for the cache hidden at a very unique rock formation.There are many rock walls and at 3 mi there is a natural opening called Window Rock with a great view.At the halfway point at 6.2 mi the Eagle Rock lookout is a great place for lunch with a view.At the 8.7 mi the trail will descend down but continue straight for Devils Racetrack that provides more valley views.Backtrack to descend to Bruce's Creek triple falls.Follow trail to Bruce Creek Road parking lot.
At the lookout point about 3 miles out from the east trailhead, the trail goes over a 15 feet ladder. No big deal, but with a golden retriver kinda interesting. You need to carry dogs down/up there
I'm rating from the Tank Springs trailhead to Eagle Bluff...
Very good and fun trail. The steepest ascent I've ever done up from Tank Springs, but there's so much fun rock scrambling after too. Meandering along the top is very nice, but (at least for me) the constant views of La Follette detract from the outdoors experience. If that valley was empty, then this trail would be quite fantastic... But I think I'm asking too much with that :-)
A great hike that provides as much adventure and contrast as a person would ever want. For me it was an extremely difficult hike with all of the ups and downs on the trail but well worth the effort for a day hike and two cars.
Best hiking experience ever. There were so many things to see... Waterfalls, views, forest, fields, train tracks, berries, flowers, rock formations, and more. This is definitely the most diverse trail I've ever hiked! The reward at the end of Devil's Racetracks is easily as good as the views in the Smoky Mountains! I highly recommend this trail!