Category Archives: Trails

Posts relating physically to trails. For example, trail closures, maintenance activities, events held at trail locations, etc.

Head of Sequatchie 2018 Open Days

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail has announced 2018 open dates for the Head of Sequatchie site.

The Head of Sequatchie site has some of the most beautiful hidden treasures of the Cumberland Trail. To read more about how you can enjoy the Head of Sequatchie, visit this page of FAQs.

  • January 20th
  • February 17th
  • March 24th (Spring Hike)
  • April 21st
  • May 19th
  • June 2nd (National Trails Day)
  • July 21st
  • August 18th
  • September 22nd
  • October 20th
  • November 23rd 
  • December 15th

**Please Note: The dates are subject to change. To ensure availability, check back here or call the Park Office at 423-566-2229.

You may also follow our site on Facebook or follow the Cumberland Trail on Facebook for current updates.

Because of spotty reception in the area, relying on cellphone GPS to find the Head of Sequatchie is not recommended. See this link for thorough driving directions, as well as a map created by GIS specialist, Ranger Jim Brannon.



**Trail Alerts & Hours (Updated 03/05/2018)**

*Regular Hours:

Unless otherwise indicated below, Cumberland Trail-managed areas are open during daylight hours:

Main Office: M-F 8am – 4:30pm
Laurel-Snow State Natural Area: 8am – 7pm
North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area: 7am – 7pm
Head of Sequatchie: 8am – 4:30pm on scheduled days

Vehicles left in gated areas after sunset are subject to being towed or locked in.

*Trail Segment Closures:

Where: Roaring Creek Trailhead (Graysville Mountain) | Trail South
Why: New Trail Bridge Construction. Construction-In-Progress. Unsafe for hiking.
Effective: Immediately
Duration: Indefinite (Until Bridge is Complete)

**Please check back here and the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail Facebook page for updates.

**Call our main office for more details: 423-566-2229


*upcoming closures (Be Aware):

**Please note: The segments listed below are STILL CURRENTLY OPEN. Once closed, this page will be updated and the closed trail segment listed under the “Trail Segment Closures” listing above. 

Where: North Chickamauga Creek State Natural Area Trailhead
Why: Scheduled Construction.
When: To Be Determined

**Please check back here and the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail Facebook page for updates.

**Call our main office for more details: 423-566-2229



CLOSED: All caves on CT-managed lands are closed due to White-Nose Syndrome. You can read more about this devastating bat disease here:

CAUTION: Please remain cautious about creek crossings & enjoying creek areas.

The Cumberland Trail is collecting pre-orders to get a specialty license plate started. Makes a great gift! For details, visit: this link

Laurel-Snow Closure June 12-15th

Laurel-Snow State Natural Area will be closed Monday June 12 through Thursday June 15 while TDOT works on paving the road.  We appreciate your continued patience while we make improvements to the park.

Notice of Public Meetings

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail will conduct a series of public meetings to share the history of the trail project and present information about upcoming trail construction. Please join us to learn, share, and comment. The Cumberland Trail offers public services and opportunities for citizen to enhance their quality of life. It is imperative that the citizens take part in these meetings to fulfill the intent of the Tennessee State Scenic Trails program.

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail will conduct public meetings on:

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Spring City Public Library Annex
169 West Rhea Ave. Spring City, TN

Friday, May 12, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Central Time
Homestead Harvest Restaurant Cumberland Mountain State Park
Conference Room A
24 Office Dr. Crossville, TN

Monday, May 15, 2017
1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Rhea County Welcome Center
107 Main St. Dayton, TN

The meetings will discuss the State Park’s intent to submit an application for to the State of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for a Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant (LWCF) and to solicit input from the citizens regarding recreational needs within the State Park, State Natural Areas, and State Scenic Trail.

The public is urged to attend. Tennessee State Parks does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap or national origin. The meeting place is handicap accessible. Any person needing special accommodations should contact Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail (423) 566-2229 prior to each of the above stated time.

Hiking at WMAs

Per TWRA, hiking is allowed during scheduled hunts, but vehicle traffic is not allowed through the WMA during turkey, deer, or hog control hunts.

During scheduled hunts, hikers must wear blaze orange according to TWRA specifications.

There is no overnight parking on any WMA in the state, including the Devil’s Breakfast Table trailhead. Vehicles left there are subject to being towed.

It is the responsibility of each hiker to know & follow the rules set forth by TWRA.  Consult the latest Hunting & Fishing guide for more details.

Boiling Spring Bridge Collapse

Hikers have reported that the Boiling Spring bridge on the Rock Creek segment has collapsed.

Reminder: Cave Closures on State Lands

Due to the occurrence of bats with white nose syndrome (WNS) in Tennessee, caves on state-owned lands are closed to the public until further notice.

Piney River: Parking Closed near Duskin Creek Bridge

To access the Piney River trail from Walden Mountain Road, park at the Newby Branch Trailhead and hike in. Walden Mountain Road between Newby Branch Trailhead and the parking area near Duskin Creek Bridge is in poor condition and not recommended.

Laurel-Snow SNA: Laurel Creek Bridge Closing

The 50ft metal bridge that spans Laurel Creek has been damaged and is unsafe for crossing at this time.

The Cumberland Trail at Laurel-Snow State Natural Area

Piney River: Ladder and Bridge at Twin Rocks are closed.

The ladder at Twin Rocks is closed and unsafe. From the bottom facing the ladder, turn 180 degrees and follow the rocks to climb to the top. The bridge between the twin rocks is also rotten and unsafe. We’ll announce a re-opening when the structure is replaced.