Trail Sections Closed!

Wildfire events have temporarily closed the Cumberland Trail at two locations. In Campbell County, the trail is closed between the Cove Creek Trailhead on Bruce Gap Road and Eagle Bluff until further notice. In Hamilton County, the Flipper Bend Loop Trail and Clear Branch Loops are closed until further notice.

Fire Danger Notice!

Campfires at designated sites must be controlled and properly extinguished.

Check fire danger status before your trip — fire bans may be put into place.

Updates at

2016 Fall Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee

Cumberland Trail Photography Project Director and Lead Photographer Peter Koczera was on hand to document the 26th Annual Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee. This annual event, put on by the Tennessee Park Rangers Association and Tennessee State Parks, raises critical funding that supports maintenance of the Cumberland Trail. To learn more, visit

4th Annual Ride for the Cumberland Trail Registration is Open!!

Join us for the fourth annual Ride for the Cumberland Trail, Saturday, August 6–a motorcycle tour to benefit the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail. Motorcyclists will enjoy an exploration of the scenic wonders along the route of the Cumberland Trail, with stops at the historic Cumberland Homesteads Museum, Head of Sequatchie, Dunlap Coke Ovens, and more. The event includes prizes donated by area businesses, snacks, and walks with park rangers. Experienced leaders will guide the motorcyclists along the sweeping roads, through fantastic scenery of forest, fields, streams, and mountains. Optional evening activities include dinner and concert at The Smokehouse ($7 meal deal from The Smokehouse/$10 per concert ticket).

Meeting time and place:

Registration: 9:00am Eastern
Kickstands up: 9:45am Eastern.

Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson
1820 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.
Maryville, TN 37801

If you’re coming from the west you can meet us at our first stop at the Cumberland Homesteads Tower Museum in Crossville, Tennessee. We plan to arrive around 9:45am Central (10:45am Eastern).

Cumberland Homesteads Tower Museum
96 Highway 68, Crossville, TN 38555

Located 4 miles south of Crossville, TN at the junction of Highways 127S and 68.

Suggested donation is $25 per motorcycle in advance, $30 day of ride.

**Passengers and non-motorcycle drivers are welcome to attend with a donation.

Ride for the Cumberland Trail 2016

Driver Information:

Passenger Information

Supper Reservations:

We'll be enjoying a meal and a concert at The Smokehouse after the ride. If you'd like us to make a reservation for you and your passenger, let us know. Meal cost & concert admission is not included with the registration donation, but The Smokehouse has offered a $7 meal deal, and you can always order off the regular menu. The concert is $10 per person at the door.

Registration Donation:


After you click "submit" you'll be redirected to PayPal to complete your registration donation. We'll be in touch with more event details soon.

To complete your registration, send your donation check to:
Friends of the Cumberland Trail
Ride for the Cumberland Trail Registration
220 Park Road
Caryville, TN 37714.

Once your check is received, you will receive a confirmation email to complete your registration

Questions, Comments, or Additional Information?:




Event Sponsors Include:

Bob Hamby - State Farm Insurance

Bob Hamby – State Farm Insurance

Graysville Mountain Parking Closed June 9-10, 2016

The Graysville Mountain parking area will be closed for maintenance Thursday, June 9th through Friday, June 10th. Workers will be laying stone and improving drainage structures.

Notice: TVA Work Cumberland Mountain Section (June 2nd or 3rd)

Projected Closure Dates:
June 2 or June 3, 2016

Location: Trail closed at the TVA powerline right of way, located between Eagle Bluff and the Devil’s Racetrack. This crossing is approximately 6 miles from the Tank Springs Trailhead.

Reason: TVA will apply herbicide using low volume backpack sprayers with the powerline right of way. TVA recommends delaying contact with the herbicide for three hours following application. People with known allergic reactions to herbicide should not use the trail crossing for 48 hours following application.

For up to date information on the status of the application & closure, call the Cumberland Trail office at 423-566-2229, or get online updates here.

North Chick Closure May 4-5

Montlake Road Trailhead on the southeast section of North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic on May 4-5 as workers will be conducting maintenance on the drive and parking areas. Visitors can utilize the Flipper Bend Trailhead parking area at the intersection of Hixson Springs Road and Standing Rock Road.

Annual Catoosa WMA Closure in Effect

TWRA has closed Catoosa WMA through February and March. The Cumberland Trail between Alley Ford and the Devil’s Breakfast Table, and the Devil’s Breakfast Table Trailhead will also be closed. For more information on the Catoosa WMA schedule, contact the Region III WMA Office at 1-800-262-6704

For more information on TWRA Rules & Regulations, look at the most recent TWRA Hunting & Trapping Guide. Catoosa guidelines start on page 56.

The Cumberland Trail is Seeking Candidates for Trail Crew Positions

Cumberland Trail Crew Recruitment

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail is seeking qualified candidates for a Backcountry Crew for 11 weeks starting the week of May 16th through week of July 25th. The Trail Crew will be camping & working on the Cumberland Mountain Segment located 40 miles North of Knoxville in Campbell & Claiborne Counties. The Cumberland Trail (CT) will be a 330 mile hiking trail from the Cumberland Gap at the Virginia/Kentucky/Tennessee state corner to Signal Point near Chattanooga. An estimated 120 miles are remaining with completion date by 2019. You can help us reach our goal!

Job Description:

Trail Crew Member will construct new hiking trail, rock steps, and other structures using hand tools and mechanical equipment in this remote area. They must work with others effectively and safely to complete trail construction & maintenance projects. The Trail Crew will share in camp chores each day. Camping overnight is required.

The work week will be 37.5 hours. The weekly schedule*:

  • Day 1 - Arrive at the office, transported to the camp location, set up camp, and build trail.
  • Day 2, 3, & 4 – Trail construction
  • Day 5 – Trail construction, break down camp, and depart for office

The Trail Crew members will also take turns performing the role of camp keeper, maintaining the camp and performing related duties.

*Weekly schedule subject to change due to weather conditions or logistical necessity.

Skills & Abilities:

Aptitude for physical work in the back country; effectively work and communicate with others, comfortable working and living in the backcountry for days at a time.


Crew Member positions $9.50/hr.

Other Benefits:

Trail training, use of our camping gear, we provide the food while camping.

To request an application or to be considered for future crew opportunies, submit the following form:


Laurel-Snow State Natural Area is Open

Laurel-Snow State Natural Area is open after a temporary closed due to treacherous conditions on the access road. The road is still icy and slick in some areas, so caution is advised.