Cumberland Trail - Grassy Cove Section

MODERATE 21 reviews

Cumberland Trail - Grassy Cove Section is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Crab Orchard, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.9 miles
1,236 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips




wild flowers


over grown

2 months ago

Great views from the top, wish there was more outside of the ridge view

7 months ago

Trail is boring, steep and no pay off
View isn’t worth the effort
Trail has barely any markings and easy to get lost.
Won’t be back but thankful for exercise

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

My fiancé and I are avid hikers, usually in WNC and the Southern Appalachians. We choose trails around here for conditioning hikes of a shorter drive. Always, there are interesting spots to take in the beauty of nature. This trail was the biggest disappointment we have EVER experienced. There must be a lack of funding for the Cumberland Trail, that is all I can think of. We passed the parking pull-off twice, and finally found the sign on the post- it was not visible from the road and was only 3 inches wide! We hiked 3 miles in and 3 out, never saw anything interesting, just lots of litter and an old tire. The signage was very inadequate. The trails were almost overgrown, and there was quite a bit of bush-whacking. We were covered head to toe in seed ticks and the gnats and flies swarmed our heads relentlessly the entire time. My fiancé ended up with over 50 seed tick bites on just one leg! We never came to any "overlook sign" and we don't plan to come back, either. Having hiked over a thousand miles together, this was the first absolute letdown.

Monday, July 10, 2017

The trail itself is poorly marked after the first mile or so. There are white blazes, but after a mile you have to bear off the trail. I didn't realize that and I ended up hiking an additional 3 miles and did not have time to come back and finish the trail, which was a disappointment. If it was better marked it would have been a great trail. If you continue on without seeing the white blazes, turn back until you see them again.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Signage wasn't great. Ended up taking the 8 mile route around the back side of the mountain. At the fork, take the left path for the shorter 5.9 mile out-and-back. Great view from the overlook!

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Trail is decently marked. Steep incline almost the entire way up to the overlook, which also gets very rugged and rocky. Overall, a pretty good trail!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Not worth a 50 minute drive, but if you live close by it might be fun to check out all of the different trails there.

Monday, December 05, 2016

I combined the Black Mountain CT trail and the first portion of the Byrd Mountain / Grassy Cove trail as an overlook-to-overlook hike. This formed a ~14-mile out-and-back, including boulder exploring and the Windless Cave spur. Black mountain has massive stone formations, a great overlook area, and a fairly gentle slope.  Byrd mountain trail is a bit steeper but follows atv routes for the most part, and the overlook has a stunning, unobstructed eastward view of Grassy Cove and beyond.  My app claimed 3800' total elevation gain but that seems off.  Highly recommended.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Beautiful, easy hike and even better view!! Caution with children as you do end up on a cliff!

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Steep ascent from the Grassy Cove trailhead, but beautiful scenery of valleys below (winter viewing) upon arrival at the top. While trail is blazed (white), trail splits and intersections with nearby private property boundaries are not well marked or posted.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The trail is not great but the waterfall is breathtaking. Beautiful place to see.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Tried to walk this trail from jewett rd side and it was so poorly marked we lost the trail and ended up in linary, going to try it again soon from the grassy cove side

Friday, June 07, 2013

My husband and I are trail adopters for the Brady Mtn. section of the Grassy Cove segment of the cumberland Trail. From the trailhead on hwy. 68 it is a .7 mile roadwalk to the Black Mtn. section. From the trailhead you climb 900 ft. in 2 miles. At mile 2.6 you will see an overlook sign on your left. Down the short spur you find the magnificent view from Brady Bluff overlooking the Grassy Cove community. As you continue on you find an interesting arch amid a boulder jumble. Beyond the arch the trail grows a bit faint, but it can be navigated. You now travel plateau top for over a mile before reaching Lost Overlook. Eventually you reach Donnelly overlook then begin your descent to the Jewett Rd. trailhead. Total mileage is 7.8 miles. Total mileage including Black Mtn. and roadwalk end up being close to 13 miles.

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