Category Archives: Openings, Closings & Safety Information

June 22nd: Cumberland Trails Conference Intro to Trailbuilding Course

The Cumberland Trails Conference (CTC) continues to offer no cost classes on trail building.  This time the CTC joins with the Fairfield Glade Trail Builders for this hands on introduction to the fundamentals of building sustainable trails.  You will learn from Certified Master Trail Builders.

This six hour class covers everything from corridor preparation to final grooming.  Safety and proper tool handling are emphasized.  Students will understand how water flow effects trail design and construction.

Students will learn how to cut a proper back slope, trail tread and create a critical edge on the out slope.  Basic techniques such as shoulder armoring and creek step overs are covered as well.

Time:  9 AM to 3 Pm CDT

Where: Fairfield Glade, Cumberland County

Registration:  Call or email the CTC Office at 931 456 6259  or email:  ctcoffice2014@gmail.com

Class size is limited.  Directions and details will follow registration.  Students must be healthy enough to handle trail construction work and carry tools.  Students must bring sturdy shoes, water, bug spray, a hat, bandanna and gloves.  Bring a bag lunch and snacks for lunch on the trail. This is a wilderness experience, so no port-o-potties.  Minimum age – 15.

Weather date: None

Directions and more details after registration via e-mail.

Head of Sequatchie 2019 Open Dates

Effective Thursday May 9th the Head of Sequatchie will be open 4 days each week (Thursday – Sunday) for the 2019 Summer Season.

Gates will open each day at 10am CT and close at 5:30pm CT. Once again this will be Thursday – Sunday each week starting Thursday May 9th.

Hours and Dates will be redetermined after the summer season due to weather and daylight hours – will be announced accordingly.

Current Dates: May 9th through 12th, 16th – 19th, 23rd – 26th, May 30th – June 2nd, June 6th – 9th, 13th – 16th, 20th – 23rd, 27th – 30th, July 4th – 7th, 11th – 14th, 18th – 21st, 25th – 28th, August 1st – 4th, 8th – 11th, 15th – 18th, 22nd – 25th, 29th – September 1st. Hours will be examined again around this time.

–Finding the Head of Sequatchie via cellphone GPS can be difficult, because reception in the area approaching the site is minimal (at best).

Ranger Jim Brannon has also put together a fine map to help you find your way around the park:

Kiosk Map:
http://www.cumberlandtrail.guide/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/12-Head-of-Sequatchie-with-logo.pdf

OpenStreet Map:
http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=35.7928&lon=-85.0076&zoom=13&layers=M

Google Maps:
https://www.google.com/maps/dir//35.7941075,-85.0126185/@35.7934881,-85.0111681,495m/data=!3m1!1e3

Frequently Asked Questions/Directions Assistance: http://www.friendsofthecumberlandtrail.org/?p=7750

If you have further questions, feel free to contact the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail office main number at 423-566-2229 (M-F 8-4:30pm EST)

Updates will be provided here and at https://facebook.com/cumberlandtrailsst

**Trail Alerts & Hours (Updated 10/23/2019)**

*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: 8am – 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 Closure:

Where: North of Frozen Head State Park to Cave Branch
Why: This area is closed for maintenance of downed trees and new blazing effective immediately. Duration is indefinite as situation needs remedied before area is safe enough to hike (difficult to stay or trail). Frozen Head State Park trails, southward – remain open. As does from Cove Lake State Park south to the Cave Branch Trailhead (you would need to be picked up at the Cave Branh Trailhead and not proceed further).

*Trail Advisory:

Where: Daddy’s Creek Trailhead – North
Why: Roughly 1.9 miles north of the Trailhead there is a segment of trail which is washed out. Repair crews are in the area looking to fix the issue. Beyond this point there are also downed trees in the area as well. Please use extreme caution in the area.

Where: Devil’s Breakfast Table Trailhead – South
Why: This is a reminder that while there is a short segment of trail heading south from the Devil’s Breakfast Trailhead, that segment and this entire segment south to the Daddy’s Creek Trailhead is still CLOSED as the trail is being built in this area.

**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

*Trailwide:

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

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

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.