Bird Mountain Trail is a 11.4 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wartburg, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 11.4 km Elevation Gain: 566 m Route Type: Loop

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This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closures Wild flowers abundant on this segment of the Cumberland Trail The preferred route will start from the campground on the Lookout Tower Trail. You will follow this wide well graded trail for about 4 miles before it intersects with the Bird Mountain Trail. You are now traveling on the Cumberland Trail, the Frozen Head Segment, which when completed will run from Signal Mtn. to Cumberland State Park covering more than 300 miles. On a spring day you can enjoy many different species of violets and Bloodroot. A great lunch or campsite is on top of Bird Mountain where more wildflowers such as Spring Beauty and Jack in the Pulpit can be spotted. You will navigate over 15 switchbacks as you descend back to the trailhead. An interesting section to be explored is the Castle Rock, which located just off the trail. This is a great trail to be enjoyed year round but especially in the spring to view more than a dozen varieties of wild flowers.

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bugs
29 days ago

Steady climb on switch backs for almost 4 miles. Nice wildflowers. Can hear steam at beginning. Intersects with Cumberland Trail. Go right for rock houses, left for overlook. Wear long pants, tall poison ivy. Trail head at back of campground

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rocky
4 months ago

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rocky
7 months ago

It was nice we set up a base camp. And hiked from there. It backcountry campsites are nice.

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rocky
7 months ago

Sat Mar 23 2019

a lot of elevation gain. taking the road as the uphill climb is less steep, but not easy by any means.

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Mon Mar 04 2019

Looking for and found hoarfrost! Miles of it

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Fri Feb 08 2019

Trails close at 5. Good bathrooms nearby. Prepare for mud on Cumberland section.

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Thu Dec 13 2018

I'm giving it 5 just cause I love Frozen Head SP sooooo much. the trail is not easy. straight up all the way. but the scenes are gorgeous. be ready to get your heart pumping! but man, it's worth it.

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Tue Jul 10 2018

The trail for bird mountain was really well maintained and clearly marked. The switchbacks were also well made. The elevation gain in the first ~2 miles was tough, but the switchbacks definitely helped. The only bummer was the lack of a view at the top/throughout the trail. Views would probably be possible and would be better during fall or winter. Either way, it was a really nice trail!

Thu Nov 19 2015

Day 3 backpacking in Frozen Head - hiked up the Lookout Tower, connected to Bird Mountain Trail to camp on Bird Mountain. If you go that route, fill up your water at the start or Linlog Branch (filter!) You are without water sources again until final mile. Saw a few turkeys and numerous deer. As I approached summit, and down toward the campsite, noticed 5 fresh bear scat on the trail... Rather problematic when there were no trees to hang my bear bag from. It was REALLY windy, several branches fell in vicinity. Decided to haul tail back to trailhead before sunset. (less than 90 minutes) Castle Rock looked cool, but didn't have time to explore. Some blazes btwn the campsite and the switchbacks were hard to locate. I am not one to use hiking poles, but they would definitely be helpful - especially after a rain.

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Fri Apr 11 2014

Amazing switchbacks!! 1900 ft. ascent in .9 of a mile. Loved it.

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Fri Mar 28 2014

I did this trail with a boy scout troop and we camped at the small site just below the summit. The trails are in good condition and are well marked. I was not impressed with the view from the summit, there were better views along the trail though. There is a great feature below the summit called castle rock, that was impressive. There was not a good water source anywhere near the top.

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