Category Archives: Openings, Closings & Safety Information

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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

**Trail Alerts & Hours (Updated 11/09/2018)**

*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: 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 Advisory:

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

HIGH WATER ADVISORY: Rhea and Hamilton Counties in particular but this does extend to all areas of the Cumberland Trail. Effective 11/09/2018. Please do not cross any waterways as they are currently swift and elevated. Monitor the waterways over the coming days and do not attempt to cross until calm.

*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.

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.

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.