Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Cumberland Trail State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The parking lot is now open as well as the site where the old cable crossing was....there's a freshly constructed bridge just down the creeks convergence.....

In from Barker Camp. Was amazing. Little overgrown in places and some downed trees near the campsite.

This trailhead parking is currently closed for renovations as of June 5th, 2018

If you want a hard workout on this trail, start up on Black Mtn trailhead, down the mtn, up Brady, down Brady. In other words, backward. To make it hard, don’t do as a shuttle hike. Rather, turn around and go up, down Brady and back up Black. Very doable on a spring day.

CT has the best trails in the south. Top notch trail work!

Gorgeous scenery with some challenge

Beautiful views of waterfalls and the north Chickamauga creek. Some up and down with branch crossings

Cold when I went. Needs more blazes on the descent to the campsite.

Spectacular trail run! I did a total of 7.25 miles out and back and would have gone farther but got turned around at a river crossing that was too high, so I’m not sure where the turnaround point would be to make this trail only 4.1 miles.... Anyway, I loved the variety of this trail; lots of ups and downs with waterfalls and cliffs; and the trail went from an old logging road, to rocky, to beautiful single-track through tall grass up top. Spectacular views too!

Have been coming here for years. Lots of swimming holes and hiking. Big effort in trying to clean up the park in recent years.

Visiting from Florida. Awesome hike. loved it!

Great trail for families, as much of it is wide and easily traversed. There are many awesome swimming spots and most are relatively easy to access from the trail. It is very rocky and some of the bank is very steep at the beginning. Cross the creek to continue to a great swimming hole , known as Party Rock by locals, but beware it may be less kid friendly if there is a crowd. (But not to worry, like I said there are many swim spots) . There is also a short loop to hike a little way down the trail that keeps you on the right side of the creek. Use caution when crossing the creek as it can be very swift after rains and walking through the water is not optional.

great scenery and fun trail, with options to explore along the way

Had a great hike - some of the climbing is pretty steep! Gorgeous waterfalls.

Great trail. Didn't make it nearly the full 16 miles but saw only a few people in the two hours spent on it. Stony, picturesque creek bed with gorgeous blue pools in some spots. Perfect time of year to see the leaves begin to turn

Hiked it on September 17, 2017. Did not make it all the way to Stevenson Branch campsite due to time constraints. Started at Montlake Road trailhead and made it about 3.3 mikes in before having to turn around. The trail is fairly clear up until you reach the bluff past the staircase. We hiked through thick brush and there was a lot of pollen that gave me an allergy fit. This section of the trail needs some major TLC. I plan on going back in the late fall (once pollen is gone)and thru hiking to the Barker camp road trailhead. The brier branch overlook is fantastic and The views on this trail are amazing. Wear long pants if you plan on hiking thru the Stevenson branch section.

One of my favorites!

Moderate my but. Made it .65 miles and had to turn back. Very steep and treacherous.

Great trail. Plenty of water and views. More moderate/advanced than beginner duels to some narrow passes and climbing. Really enjoyable full day.

good time, rough parking, lots of trash

This trail was so much fun! We started out from the trailhead on the Soddy Daisy side and day hiked to the campground and back. The terrain varies greatly but the views are consistently beautiful. I went with my girlfriend (22) and my mom (57) and with a moderate effort and lunch stop it took us about 5 hours to do. We stopped at a serene little pool and soaked our feet for awhile as well. Moderately difficult hike but quite enjoyable for a semi-frequent hiker. There were several people on the first half of the trail (which is definitely easier) but then after that we hardly saw another human for a couple hours. It was lovely.

had a wonderful time except the river was pretty high so it was a little difficult to cross but the view is absolutely gorgeous

I love the Stevenson Branch campground, which is about halfway into this trail. We started on the North Chicamauga Creek trail and hiked all the way in to the Stephenson Branch Campground in late October. It's a good overnight backpacking trip. Nice and shady for most of the trail. There are some segments on the ridge that get more sun. The campground is next to the Creek right where some small rapids are, so it's very peaceful to sleep next to. A lot of the Creek was dried up when we went, but there was still plenty of running water at the campground to filter and repack.

My main note for this hike is that IT IS ABSOLUTELY NOT LARGE DOG FRIENDLY. There are two ladders off of a ravine - one at the beginning of the trail and one just before the campground - that there is no way around. We had our Golden Retriever and Chocolate Lab with us that we can't just carry down a ladder. By the time we got to the first ladder, it was too late to turn around and make it back to the parking lot before dark, so things got a little sketchy and we had some trust building exercises. We all made it to the campground and back out alive, but we were pretty stressed out.

Other than those two obstacles, this is a very enjoyable hike - pretty steep in some areas but not overly exhausting. Also, the farther you get into this trail the fewer markers there are, so I would definitely recommend to print good trail directions.

Overall - We would do this again, just without the dogs.

We started at North Chickamauga to hike all the way to the Stevenson Branch campground. I really enjoyed this hike. The North Chickamauga Creek segment is very scenic and peaceful with the creek next to you. We hiked last October, and the creek was mostly dried up, so I would make a note to check before you take dogs so that you know how much extra water to carry in. Also, while the North Chickamauga segment is correctly listed as dog friendly, the Stephenson Branch segment is NOT if your dogs are large and you are not able to carry them down ladders. Make sure that you watch signs and turn back once the North Chickamauga segment ends.

Okay, so we picked a bad day to go for this trail because the water was too high for us to cross the creek. Instead, we choose one of the trails that is definitely a workout and a lot of up hill! We ended up loving it though!

this trail was one of my favorite because it was one of the easiest to run.

Great! So beautiful

Nice and easy hike. Beautiful creek and swimming holes but the locals tend to leave trash lying around.

Beautiful scenery and clean trails that were easy to navigate. The leaves had just begun to change and the dry creek bed was a great adventure for our 7-year old.

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