Cumberland Trail: Brady and Black Mountain Sections

MODERATE 1 reviews

Cumberland Trail: Brady and Black Mountain Sections is a 11.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Crossville, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

11.6 miles
2,503 feet
Point to Point




nature trips



wild flowers



no dogs

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 also crosses several such roadbeds that are not to be followed. Pay special attention to the white blazes after crossing the dirt logging road at 0.6 miles from the start at the Jewett Road Trailhead. At 1.4 miles the trail follows Brady Ridge on a roadbed and the trail becomes much more obvious to follow. The Black Mountain Section includes a climb through beautiful forest land up the southwest flank of Black Mountain. It passes by Windlass Cave and terminates at the top of the mountain with impressive “house-sized” rock formations. There is also a scenic one mile loop at the top of Black Mountain that shares a portion of the Cumberland Trail. It provides passages through additional rock formations. The loop also provides several overlooks south and east over Grassy Cove and one partially obscured overlook north over Bat Town Cove. The CT will eventually continue north to Ozone Falls.

2 months ago

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.