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.

**Trail Alerts & Hours (Updated 09/16/2020)**

Unless otherwise indicated below, Cumberland Trail-managed areas are open during daylight hours (7am to Sunset):

Main Office: M-F 8am – 4:30pm
Laurel-Snow State Natural Area: 7am – 7pm

North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area (Memorial Day – Labor Day 2020): M-F: 7am – 7pm | Weekends: 9am – 7pm

Head of Sequatchie: Saturday – Sunday (9am – 5pm CT)

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

Camping is Open

**ENTIRE CAMPSITES LIMITED TO 12 TOTAL AT ONE TIME – PLEASE LIMIT INDIVDUAL SUBMISSIONS TO A MAX OF 4

Please follow these guidelines: https://tnstateparks.com/about/keeping-visitors-healthy

*Bridge Advisories:

Where: Suck Creek – The Suck Creek bridge off Hwy 27 (near Mushroom Rock) in Prentice Cooper State Forest is washed out. Staff are looking at possible options with an indefinite timetable for repair at this time.

Where: Devil’s Breakfast Table – Main Bridge over Daddy’s Creek
Ranger and Maintenance staff are looking to remedy the situation.

**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

*Trail Advisory 1:

Where: Daddy’s Creek Trailhead
Why: The trailhead is being upgraded and will be closed Monday September 21st with an expected re-opening date of Saturday September 26th 2020.

**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

*Trail Advisory 2:

Where: Stinging Fork State Natural Area
Why: The Stinging Fork SNA Trailhead and Trail is closed effective 9/15/2020 with a completion date not known (but expected soon). Please call the Cumberland Trail Main Office at 423-566-2229 M-F 8am-4:30pm ET to check on the status of the closure before making any trips to the area or check our Interactive Map.

**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

*Trail Advisory 3:

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.