Trail Alerts **Updated 11/21*

The following closures due to wildfire remain in effect:
*Hamilton County:
-CLOSED: All trail at North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area, including Barker Pounds, Flipper Bend (will remain closed until after Thanksgiving)
-CLOSED: Soddy Section: Highway 111 crossing to the Mowbray Pike Trailhead

AIR QUALITY: You can view up-to-date forecasts and current conditions at or TN Air Quality Forecast

BURN BAN Effective Nov. 1, 2016: A burn ban is in effect across the entire Cumberland Trail. Fires of any size are not permitted at this time. Please use camp stoves until further notice.

DROUGHT CONDITIONS: Please be aware that water levels in creeks are very low. Hikers should carry water in, as many water sources across the trail are unreliable at this time.

TDOT Improvements:
Laurel-Snow State Natural Area will be closed for road work 11/21-11/22, as well as 11/28-11/29. We’re sorry for the inconvenience, but looking forward to an improved access road thanks to myTDOT. To make alternate hiking plans, visit for maps & information.

Trail Alert: Laurel-Snow Closure Nov 4th-11th

Laurel-Snow State Natural Area will be closed Monday, November 7th through Thursday, November 11th while TDOT crews work on much-needed improvements to the access road and trailhead parking area.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience. Alternate hiking options nearby include Graysville Mountain RMA, Piney River RMA and Piney Falls State Natural Area.

You can view maps and planning info at

Trail Sections Closed!

Wildfire events have temporarily closed the Cumberland Trail in Campbell County, the trail is closed between the Cove Creek Trailhead on Bruce Gap Road and Eagle Bluff until further notice.  A fire ban is also in place across the entire trail system.

Trail Alert: Fire Ban in Place, All Trail Areas

A burn ban is in effect across the entire Cumberland Trail. Fires of any size are not permitted at this time. Please use camp stoves until further notice.

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.