#12 of 433 state parks in Tennessee

Best trails in Cumberland Trail State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Cumberland Trail State Park, Tennessee? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, forest trails, backpacking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in Cumberland Trail State Park ranging from 4.4 to 12.8 miles and from 790 to 2,929 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
For those seeking adventure, Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail State Park is for you! This is a linear park that cuts through 11 Tennessee counties and it became a state park in 1998. The Cumberland Trail follows the Cumberland Plateau, showcasing the high ridges and deep gorges. The trail joins the National Park system along with Kentucky’s Pine Mountain Trail and wanders through the Cumberland Mountains. The vistas and geological formations are breathtaking. There are several hiking trail segments, totaling more than 185 miles. NOTE: The Cumberland Trail is expected to extend more than 330 miles after construction. Today, 185 miles are open for public use between Signal Mountain and Cumberland Gap.
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Map of trails in Cumberland Trail State Park
Park information
Acreage
31500 acres
Park hours
Monday
7:00 am - dusk
Tuesday
7:00 am - dusk
Wednesday
7:00 am - dusk
Thursday
7:00 am - dusk
Friday
7:00 am - dusk
Saturday
7:00 am - dusk
Sunday
7:00 am - dusk
Top trails (6)
#1 - Strip Mine Falls at Chickamauga Gulch
Cumberland Trail State Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m
This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options.Show more
#2 - Cumberland Trail: North Chickamauga Creek Section
Cumberland Trail State Park
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Length: 13.2 mi • Est. 7 h 40 m
From the Montlake Road Trailhead, Upper and Lower Loop Trails soon merge on top of the escarpment. The hiker will then encounter converted mining roads that make for easy walking; coal mining dominateShow more
#3 - Cumberland Trail-North Soddy Creek Gorge Section
Cumberland Trail State Park
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Length: 12.8 mi • Est. 6 h 33 m
The Soddy Creek Gorge Section of the Cumberland Trail is a dramatic stretch that passes through the Little Soddy Historic Mining Area and crosses three watersheds. The trail passes abandoned mines, ofShow more
#4 - Cumberland Trail: South Soddy Creek Gorge Section
Cumberland Trail State Park
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Length: 9 mi • Est. 4 h 30 m
This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options.Show more
#5 - Cumberland Trail: Brady and Black Mountain Sections
Cumberland Trail State Park
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Length: 11.6 mi • Est. 6 h 22 m
The Brady Mountain Section includes a beautiful ridge-line hike with a panoramic lookout over Grassy Cove at Brady Bluff Overlook. Much of the trail follows old overgrown double-track roadbeds. It alsShow more
#6 - Cumberland Trail-Three Gorges Segment
Cumberland Trail State Park
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Length: 30.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
Soddy, Possum and Rock Creeks flowing east have gouged deep gorges in the eastern wall of the Cumberland Plateau. The Three Gorges Segment consists of trail that dip through these three gorges. The laShow more