Cumberland Trail - Signal Point to Suck Creek Road

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Cumberland Trail - Signal Point to Suck Creek Road is a 15.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Signal Mountain, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
15.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,359 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful!

hiking
8 months ago

great fall hike.

backpacking
8 months ago

Beautiful this week for us with fall colors in full bloom, lots of trees down between Edwards and signal point.. beyond Edwards we only saw a few people, mushroom rock is really cool. The campsite at suck creek was very large and could accommodate several groups. We were dropped off at signal and picked up at suck creek road the next morning. Made for a nice days hike with a 20lb pack

backpacking
8 months ago

Excellent out and back

hiking
11 months ago

it was pretty dope.

hiking
Thursday, July 13, 2017

This section of trail is an excellent example of what this region and the Cumberland Trail as a whole offers. Multiple unobstructed views, stream crossings, geological features, and decent elevation changes.

hiking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Awesome views! Signal Point was my first, true hike... I'm hooked! I'm ready for my next trail!

backpacking
Friday, May 05, 2017

Great trail

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

fun and defiantly challenging with pug in tow.

off road driving
Saturday, March 11, 2017

why is this marked with off roading?

hiking
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

we found this to be a bit harder than we thought but we're flatland erst from Orlando. Loved the overlook about .4 miles from the larger suspension bridge. Trail was pretty well marked. Even though the last .25 mile had some stairs, it was strenuous. Quite rocky but magnificent Vistas

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Absolutely beautiful!!!!

Friday, September 09, 2016

There was one good view a half mile into the hike. Back tracked down on the trail. Not too much to see but we also did not do the full hike toward the waterfall. However, there was no running water on the trail where it looked to be one. Trail seem to not be as popular, little over grown. Also, found a total of 5 ticks on us after the 1-2 hour hike.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Great trail! Had a hard time finding the trailhead by the road, not well marked. Hiked past mushroom rock and about 6 miles to get a good view of the Tennessee River then turned around.

hiking
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

My cousin and I took an overnight trip here and hiked from Signal Mountain past Edward Poin and Suck Creek and finished at the game reserve road parking past Poplar Springs Campsite. There are some beautiful views here but the hike is rigorous - definitely a lot of elevation change. If you want a 24-25 mile trip, add in Mullens Cove Loop, and Pot Point Loop which I believe is about 12 additional miles.

hiking
Monday, February 02, 2015

It is a beautiful stretch of the Cumberland Trail from Signal Point Military park to Prentice Cooper State Forest. Be advised that it will be more than a 5 hour trip. From Signal Point you descend into a gorge and climb back to plateautop and shortly reach Edward's Point. Follow the gorge rim until you reach mushroom rock then descend to a creek with a 225 ft. suspension bridge. Ascend again only to descend once more to the hwy. 27 road crossing. After crossing a VERY busy highway climb away from Suck Creek and out of the gorge. The view from Lawson's Rock is a good one. Continue on the ridge side and through the forest to reach the trailhead in Prentice Cooper. Whew.

hiking
Sunday, November 10, 2013

First hike with my then to be husband. Easy to moderate. Recommend Indian Rockhouse, and Snoopers Rock, has incredible view of the Tennessee River. Great place to take pics, and have a picnic. A little used trail to the right of Snoopers, yeilds some nice little waterfalls. Also, if into history, take a side trip into Lusk cemetery, on the left going toward Snoopers Rock.

hiking
Sunday, September 15, 2013

This part of the Cumberland Trail goes through the Prentice Cooper State Forest. Within the PC State Forest there are off-roading trails for ATV's and 4wd vehicles, however the actual Cumberland Trail does not allow any off road vehicle or mountain bike use. Foot travel only on the Cumberland Trail.

hiking
Sunday, September 08, 2013

I did not find this an easy trail. There is a lot of elevation, but the views are stunning!

hiking
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Some good views, relatively easy for regular hikers.

off road driving
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

whats the off roading like

hiking
Monday, January 30, 2012

Hiked from the Cumberland trail parking near the stone door to Snoopers Rock. Nice trail along the side of the mountain with great views of the gorge and plenty of springs tumbling off the mountain. Not very difficult at all and I was able to jog a lot of it with my dog without worrying about my footing too much. Will do again.

hiking
Monday, October 24, 2011

Snooper's Rest to Natural Bridge section... Lots of inclines on way out. Several large trees down on path, which inevitably isn't marked well in those areas. Natural bridge is nice, can climb down underneath IF you can get yourself back up. Cross 2 non-natural bridges, 2nd is somewhat rickety - best to cross one at a time. During switchbacks, there are stairs that are rotting some - be careful. Couple of creek crossings. Some rock-hopping. Might avoid the trail after a good rain as the rocks are mossy/slippery. Some views of Tenn River & some open woods with large interesting rock formations. It is 2.8miles from trailmarker at Snooper's to marker at Natural Bridge.

I marked waypoints on my gps mapping - I'll try to figure out how to share it. Also took lots of pics & vids, but can't upload using app - rarely on laptop to upload.

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2011

Park in the Cumberland Trail lot and walk across the street for an AMAZING hike. Follow sign to "Indian Rock House", about .5 miles in. Then head to your right & follow trail to Snooper Overlook. It's 2.9 miles from Trail head. More enjoyable hike - views of river, less dense trees, so it is brighter. It sounds corny, but a much different energy. There are a number of inclines/declines - you'll definitely feel it on the way back. Various rock outcroppings.

Eventually, you get to Snooper's... I don't want to post a pic, because you want to experience this first hand. I encountered 2 people on way back. I sat out on the rock by myself for hours, taking pictures, listening to music & eating lunch. So incredibly serene...

Gotta say on the way back, I was already planning my return. And I was chugging along most of the way, but whoa the inclines on the return made me grateful for stops to take pics. My calves are displeased with me.

Also, I noticed tht the dirtbikers/atv'ers get going (nearby) at noonish, so it you want max serenity, head out early.

Make sure to check the Prentice Cooper WMA website for hunting times... there's also a decent map of trails & parking. (There were none available onsite other than at trailhead)

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2011

Disclaimer: I'm a newbie when it comes to hiking... There were no trail maps at entrance to park or at trailhead. I intended to hike Mullen's but couldn't find it. Cumberland was easily marked.

The trail was...boring to me. I guess I am a "ohh bright shiny pretty view or something interesting" sort of hiker. I hiked 5miles in & there were no pretty views or particularly interesting scenes. Terrain looked almost identical the entire time - tall pretty trees - while trail was flat, uphill, or downhill. But one section was LOTS of rocks. Like hopping across a creek, but a huge, long creek where there were lots of leaves & moss - making them slippery.

3.2 miles in, you come to a logging road, you have to walk down it, the "trail continues here" sign was not super-noticeable, so I hiked down the gravel road another 10mins & then back up before discovering trail sign.

I kept going on, thinking "there has got to be something spectacular just ahead." * while having 5 layers of moleskin on some blisters... I eventually turned around at 5 mile mark. (if someone tell me that at 5.2miles in there was the most blah blah blah...)

The trail (except for the logging road) is intuitive to follow - the trail markings were inconsistent. The trail is marked, but the size/shape/fading of the markers would have been troublesome had the path not been clear enough.

***Sidenote: why don't they use a bright baby blue to mark paths? the white fades into the sunlight & fungus that grows on trees.

There were a number of very large trees that had been downed by the tornado. Had to cross some by straddling, others had been cut by chainsaw. Not a big deal to manage. I do some trail running at home, there were some good sections for running. Not a lot of roots, etc *in some sections.

Saw a few squirrels & chipmunks. Believe I passed some fresh "bear poop". (didn't see its owner though) Passed 2 hikers starting as I was finishing up. Otherwise, fairly serene hike except for CONSTANT speeding atvs, dirt bikes, jeeps & shooting range in distance. Signs posted to not go over 25mph, but apparently it doesn't apply to those folks. They were racing back & forth for hours after my hike.

I am sleeping in my car tonight at the trailhead to try to find Mullens Cove in am, if my blisters have recovered enough. In my book, it's a "pass".

hiking
Saturday, October 01, 2011

A nice, all to yourself experience, however we ran into some portions where the trail was hard to negotiate due to downed trees from tornadoes. Good day hike.

hiking
Sunday, June 12, 2011

Not too challenging. Good day hike if you are looking to rack up some miles. Not the most exciting trail

hiking
Monday, April 04, 2011

From Suck Creek Rd you can head to Lawson's rock near Poplar Springs. Or you can take the other side to Mushroom Rock, or eventually Edwards Point. Either direction is great. Tough terrain, great views!

hiking
2 months ago

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