Explore the most popular camping 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.

Hiked this yesterday in the cold and fog. It was indeed a challenging hike but worth it for the many elements and variety.

Beautiful and quiet views. Don’t worry about doing the whole loop. Just park by the stairs or 1/2 mile up there are huge pull offs. Hike down to the stairs and you will have a great time. 1.5miles In you will hit an amazing rock outcropping Overlook that can see forever. You will have a few small water crossings but nothing bad. If you go near a rain you will see huge waterfalls cascading down signal mountain on the other side and the trail is typically pretty empty. Try it out!

Hiked this trail a couple of weeks ago... stunning views and a moderately hard trail. Thanks to the CT for all of your hard work!!!

A lot of downed trees once you near the campsite. Hard but worth the views!

Love this trail. Dropped in off of 111 and came out at Big Soddy Gulf. Winding trails follow Board Camp Creek through hardwood, hemlock and pine forests. There is an abundance of mossy and fern areas. The railing on the steps that descend the cliffs is in need of repair. This makes the climb down a little treacherous but overly difficult.

Started at the Jim Adams Wilderness spur leading to Cumberland Trail. Plenty of parking. Gravel, wide path for biking and hiking. Runs along Gulf and intersects with Bear Creek. Beautiful scenery from rock faces to autumnal colored leaves, waterfalls and swimming holes. Clear, blue to green water. Easy terrain first 2.5 miles, then starts uphill and grassy. Beware of frequent slippery tree roots. Some fallen trees to maneuver around, over, under. Great hike, so picturesque and uncrowded in Fall (sure it is a different story when hot!)

Fantastic trail. Thank you CT for all the trail work and your vision. Fall/winter late coming in 2018 and undergrowth just now fully clearing. Colors peaking in next 10 days or so.

As fine a trail as we’ve hiked this year. And we’ve done many moderate trails in SW Utah, North Rim, part of PCT, and several in Joyce-Kilmer during 2018. The trail is challenging but not overly so. The gorge is fantastic.

A treasure in our own backyard.

Loaded with poison ivy. Trail was overgrown and very narrow. Make sure if you have problems going DOWN steep areas you have a stick. We went about a mile and half in had to turn around because of it being overgrown with poison ivy. The river was really pretty though. Ended up walking back on the river bed boulders.

Poorly maintained and marked trail. Beautiful scenery except for the large amount of trash dumped in the area

Awesome bouldering

Terrible trail. Extremely challenging for dogs on a leash. Hard/difficult doesn’t accurately describes traversing rock faces on cliffside hikes. They did add stairs though!

Took my dog, and ran into trouble when I wasn't able to get her down the ladder. This was probably 4 or 5 miles into the hike. I was hoping to see the campsite since it is apparently one of the nicest on the Cumberland trail. Still a beautiful hike!

Great hike and a great place to go for a swim, would go back anytime. The farther down you go, the tougher the trail gets, nothing bad at all though. The parking lot is not closed anymore, we had heard that it had been closed most of the summer.

This is probably my favorite trail bc I grew up hiking it. Many good memories. The old mines, scenic look offs, and river crossings made this such a memorable experience. This is not an easy trail and recommend you don't rush this hike. Take many breaks and soak this one up.

Most amazing views. Worth the hike, but it's a good workout.

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.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

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.

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