Explore the most popular hiking 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.

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.

Trailhead parking is currently closed for renovations as of June 5, 2018

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.

11 months ago

Lots of rocks made this fun for my ten year old to climb and my dog to play in the creek

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

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

None of the signs actually said Strip Mine Falls. Actually took wrong route (lower loop) with made this a strenuous hike to get to the top. Supposed to be a Blue Hole, found the sign but didn't see a Blue Hole. Did find out about a cave a few feet past the falls. It was really cool, beautiful but a bear was also in there! No kidding! We were chased out of the cave by a bear! Yes I know you don't run from a bear, but you just try to think straight when confronted by one! That made this hike the most memorable hike of my life though, that's for sure! BTW. My best friend left me to die! She was gone!

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.

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