Category Archives: Openings, Closings & Safety Information

Head of Sequatchie 2017 Open Days

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail has announced 2016 open dates for the Head of Sequatchie, site of some of the most beautiful hidden treasures of the Cumberland Trail.

  • January 21st
  • February 18th
  • March 18th
  • April 15th
  • May 20th
  • June 17th
  • July 15th
  • August 19th
  • September 16th
  • October 21st
  • November 18th
  • December 16th

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 **Updated 2/22**

*Rhea County:
OPEN: Laurel-Snow State Natural Area has re-opened. Work crews have removed the defunct bridge that spanned Laurel Creek. A new bridge will be installed later this year.

*Hamilton County:
OPEN: The trailhead parking area at North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area off Montlake Road is now open, along with approximately 1.9 miles of trail leading up to the wooden steps at Boston Branch overlook.

CLOSED: Trail at North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area from the wooden steps at Boston Branch overlook and beyond remains closed. The steps have been destroyed by fire and are unsafe. New steps will be built early Spring.

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.

TN River Gorge: Suck Creek Bridge Closed

Suck Creek bridge near Mushroom Rock is damaged and closed at this time.

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.