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Tri-State Peak Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cumberland Gap, Tennessee that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.2 mi Elevation gain 626 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

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Running

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The old Civil War roadbed leads from the saddle of the Cumberland Gap to the Tri-State Peak. From there, you can see: Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. You are also surrounded by remnants of Civil War history, such as rifle trenches. You may also catch site of the elusive trailing arbutus flower in the spring.

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Kimberly Coble
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Hiking

I loved this short trail off Wilderness Rd Trail. It was great to stand in 3 states at once.

Chris P.
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Hiking

was steeper than we thought. we parked near Iron Furnace. HOT day. tiny breeze around the pavilion - very cool to see the tri-state marker though - great photo op.

Sheryl Gent
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Hiking

While this is a short hike it is definitely leaning toward difficult. It takes a pretty steep climb on the last half and is rough in 90 degree temps! Nice to get the heart pumping and a good workout in in a short time.

Brooke Roberts
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Hiking

Trail is great! Gets a bit steep at the top but not too bad. Kids love it! But do watch for snakes.

Kailey Hutzler
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Hiking

Great trail! Perfect for a quick hike if you still want a good workout.

J T
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Hiking

Did at 735pm and made it down before lightning bugs came out near 905pm. Did with 6yo and 16yo girls i know. They didnt complain. Slightly exertional. Enough flat spots to catch your breath. Pretty easy and worth the trip up. Nobody but us.

Ken Martinelli
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Hiking

The entire trail to the look out is up hill. Nicely marked. Historical and informative markers along the way. No traffic on trail today.

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Rachel Beck
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Great for our six year old, just a little slow going.

Carrie Kirby
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Hiking

Definitely 1 of my favorite hikes. This place delivered on many levels for me & in my opinion it’s a must see. I even got a history lesson from a fellow hiker! I will be back!

Stacie Miller
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Glenn Bass
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Hiking

Good historical hike with a steady climb. Hike 0.3 miles beyond the tri state peak to see earthworks from a Civil War fort

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Estus Hibbard
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Excellent hiking trail, came up from the Iron Furnace down in the town of Cumberland Gap. I've been up to the nearby Pinnacle Overlook many, many times but I had never been up to Tri-State Peak before. You pass quite a few historical spots on the way up and I lingered awhile at the top at the tri-state marker/memorial and took a lot of pics as well. Before leaving the top I walked a few feet down the Cumberland Trail just to check it out, a new Tennessee north-south trail running from Chattanooga to the Cumberland Gap and terminates right at the tri-state marker. When totally completed that trail will be over 300 miles in total length and will be a segment of the Great Eastern Trail, a western alternative to the crowded Appalachian Trail.

Michael Sweeney
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Hiking

Great Trail for the entire family.

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Ricky Creech
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Hiking

The trail is well maintained, steady incline all the way up but not bad at all. Nice short hike!

Sandi Cline
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Hiking

Great workout. Somewhat strenuous. I went late in the evening & caught a beautiful sunset.

Ashley T.
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Hiking

It was somewhat challenging but worth it. Once we got to the top we ate sandwiches, and had a good time

Jackie Sauceman
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Hiking

Very easy hike. Completed with my 5year old in tow. Well marked, maintained, and clean. Historical markers/info boards along the way. This would be a better hike for late fall to early winter when the foliage wasn’t blocking your views.

Jocelyn Rosenzweig
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Hiking

Short trail with beautiful view of Middlesboro at the end. Pretty solid beginner hike, only took 1 hour and is great for dogs. Decent incline but manageable.

Kalene Hayes
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Hiking

A nice short hike, about 1.5 hours total. There was not a great view from the top, just a lookout over Middlesboro, KY. There were nice monuments and informational signs along the way. The town of Cumberland Gap where the trail begins is really quaint as well.

Leigh Anne Malott
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Hiking

Great hiking trail, as I read from other post more of a moderate trail due too the incline. Dogs and kiddos approve. Disappointed at the top, really no view.

Amber Smith
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Hiking

Trail was very clearly marked and shady! The hike is straight up hill the entire way to tri-state marker but so fun once you get to the top and get to stand in three states! Super easy hike back down since all down hill!

Heidi Pepin
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Hiking

Definitely a butt buster but the view is beautiful. Plenty of shady spots to stop along the way up.

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Jean-Claude Linossi
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Great spot to see and stand in 3 states at the same time. The trail is not different to hike.

Carrie Collett
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Hiking

The trail is very well maintained with plenty of markers. I would not categorize this hike as easy though. More moderate. It is steep on the way up and an ankle breaker on the way down but the payoff is worth it!

Kathryn Ciolkevich
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Hiking

One of my favorites to do in the area for a quick booty workout. I would not rate this as “easy” but rather “moderate.” I have taken this trail with some inexperienced hikers and it proved to be difficult with numerous stops for rest. For a more seasoned hiker, it’s a good way to get blood pumping. Tennessee side is more difficult than accessing this trail from Kentucky.

Leah Rader
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Hiking

This was a perfect trail for a quick hike with lots of payoffs. There are unique structures at the start & 3 states at the top. The trail was well maintained and had a variety of steep spots along with flat areas. Our pup throughly enjoyed the trail.

Joshua Panton
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John-Michael Riegger
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RunningMuddy

Short trail run up to tri-state peak. Steep on the way up, working the rear end!

Victor Jordan
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Hiking

A short and moderately challenging trail. The historical value of Daniel Boone, Dr. Thomas Walker, and many more makes this trail even eventful. It is awesome to able to use my body limbs (2 feet and 1 hand) and actually be in three states at the same time. Everyone that is physically able should venture this trail at least once.

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