Cumberland Trail Volunteer Loop to Tank Springs

HARD 23 reviews
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Cumberland Trail Volunteer Loop to Tank Springs is a 10.6 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near La Follette, Tennessee that features a great forest setting and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

10.6 miles
2,562 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash


nature trips



Challenging hike provides crest trails, valley views, waterfall and a GeoCache This is a year round hike but best enjoyed in the fall and early spring. There are many wild flowers and plants to be discovered but unfortunately " poison ivy" in warm weather months.The trail is well blazed and double blazed at turns.Follow CT signs to begin hike at .50 mi go left under the RR bridge and start your ascend to the top of Cumberland Mtn. Once you reach the crest you will literally walk along on top of the mountain range for about 60% of the trail. GPS users be sure to get the waypoints for the cache hidden at a very unique rock formation.There are many rock walls and at 3 mi there is a natural opening called Window Rock with a great view.At the halfway point at 6.2 mi the Eagle Rock lookout is a great place for lunch with a view.At the 8.7 mi the trail will descend down but continue straight for Devils Racetrack that provides more valley views.Backtrack to descend to Bruce's Creek triple falls.Follow trail to Bruce Creek Road parking lot.

3 months ago

Fun, adventurous hike! Lots of rock scrambling and great views!

3 months ago

This trail is full of great views as well as challenging terrain for seeking more than an easy hike.

4 months ago

Good trail. The trail head going up to the ridge was a little bit overgrown and not clearly marked. All in all it was a good trail. Considerably rocky so good shoes are recommended.

10 months ago

Excellent trail!! Lots of climbing and huge rock formations the entire way. Almost 1.5 moles towards the end the up hill battle ends. Great workout for the legs. If you are into rappelling, be sure to bring your gear. Lots of great places for it.

11 months ago

was a hard trail but a lot of fun and full of great views.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Great for getting out and experiencing nature.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Went out this morning for a little while. it was raining and I wanted to test out a survival shelter I bought from REI.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Was an extremely difficult hike in the heat. The end was great, but getting there was brutal that day. Trail was super overgrown, and at one point crosses a power line clearing where the trail disappears and we had to wade through blackberry thorns to finally find an old atv trail that took us to the actual trail.

I’d do it again though under different conditions.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

At the lookout point about 3 miles out from the east trailhead, the trail goes over a 15 feet ladder. No big deal, but with a golden retriver kinda interesting. You need to carry dogs down/up there

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

I'm rating from the Tank Springs trailhead to Eagle Bluff...
Very good and fun trail. The steepest ascent I've ever done up from Tank Springs, but there's so much fun rock scrambling after too. Meandering along the top is very nice, but (at least for me) the constant views of La Follette detract from the outdoors experience. If that valley was empty, then this trail would be quite fantastic... But I think I'm asking too much with that :-)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A great hike that provides as much adventure and contrast as a person would ever want. For me it was an extremely difficult hike with all of the ups and downs on the trail but well worth the effort for a day hike and two cars.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Best hiking experience ever. There were so many things to see... Waterfalls, views, forest, fields, train tracks, berries, flowers, rock formations, and more. This is definitely the most diverse trail I've ever hiked! The reward at the end of Devil's Racetracks is easily as good as the views in the Smoky Mountains! I highly recommend this trail!

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