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Cumberland Trail: Brady and Black Mountain Sections

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Cumberland Trail State Park

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.

Distance: 11.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,503 feet Route Type: Point to Point




nature trips



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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.

4 months ago

The road going to the trail is rough and you do need a vehicle with a decent amount of clearance. I was warned by a few locals when I was walking back to my vehicle that it’s not a good idea to be there after dark or to leave a vehicle. They were sweet to make sure I got off the mountain safely but I took their warning to heart. It’s not the first time I heard bad things about that area but I hoped with the State being up there more, it would be better. Next time I will do it backwards and maybe ask for a ride from Jewett road from a friend with a Jeep.

**Transportation needs clearance** My car barely made it on parts of Hinch/Jewett Rd. Trail is easy to follow north, returning south we had to rely on the track and got off path a couple times. It’s a nice winter hike. I imagine there are almost no views in the summer. We hiked up to the summit and back; through to the top of Black would be fun with 2 cars.

11 months ago

Hiked the Brady Mountain Section in April on a beautiful blue sky day. Trail markers were easy to follow and trek has great variety of rock outcrops and spring wildflowers. Elevation gain is significant to Brady Overlook, but the view is well worth the effort. Great hike anytime of year, but spring and fall are best.

Mon May 14 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.

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6 months ago

recorded Recording - Jun 08, 11:37 PM

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