Category Archives: Trails

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

National Trails Day – Hike on Black Mountain

When: National Trails Day  June 1st, 2013 at 8 AM CST
Where:
Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail, Black Mountain Trail head

Come join Kenneth Mathews for a hike of Black mountain on National Trails Day at the trail head located there. The hike is a moderate hike about 3.5 miles from the top of Black Mountain to the trailhead on highway 68. Please make your own arrangements to carpool to get back to the top from Highway 68. Bring food or any water required for the hike. You can access the trail head from I-40 at the 327 exit and follow the signs to the trail head. If you wish to carpool to the top and leave a vehicle at the highway 68 crossing do so in advance and make your own arrangements.

National Trails Day Hikes – Bruce Gap Trailhead at Cove Lake State Park

Frenchman’s Grave to Bruce Gap at Cove Lake State Park (10:00 am)
Where: Bruce Gap Trailhead at Cove Lake State Park
Distance: 4 miles moderate, mostly down hill

Hikers will meet at Bruce Gap and car pool up to the Frenchman’s Grave Trailhead. The hike is 4 miles downhill back to Bruce Gap.  Hikers will see wildflowers and the remains of a mining operation.

Eagle Bluff to Bruce Gap at Cove Lake State Park (afternoon)
Where: Bruce Gap Trailhead at Cove Lake State Park
Distance: 5.5 miles moderate, ridge and downhill

After returning to Bruce Gap, participants will have the option to hike an additional 5.5 miles. We will shuttle to Eagles Bluff and hike along the ridge to the Devils Racetrack overlook. We will then hike down to Bruce Creek Falls and back to Bruce Gap. Hikers will see rock formations, overlook, and waterfall.

Driving Directions – Bruce Gap Trailhead

If interested contact Mark Stanfill at mark.stanfill@tn.gov or (423) 566-2229

National Trails Day Hike and Celebration – Head of Sequatchie

Please join us for a National Trails Day hike along the Cumberland Trail in Cumberland County. The Head of Sequatchie site will be open on June 1, 2013 from 9:00 AM CDT to 3:00 PM CDT. The hike celebrating National Trails Day will start at 10:00 AM CDT and be led by Ranger Anthony Jones to Devilstep Hollow Cave . This hike will highlight the unique and beautiful Head of Sequtchie Valley.  See the historically important Devilstep cave and the geologically interesting origins of the Sequatchie River. Also hear some of the local history and folklore of the Valley as well as the significance of this area to the Cumberland Trail Corridor.

Driving Directions

National Trails Day Hike – Black Mountain in Cumberland County

Please join us for a National Trails Day hike along the Cumberland Trail in Cumberland County.  June 1st 2013 – 8:00 AM CDT. Meet at the paved Black Mountain Trail Head on top of the Mountain. This hike will be led by Ranger Ken Mathews. Please make arrangements to carpool back to your vehicles from the Hwy 68 Trailhead. This is a moderate hike of about 3.5 miles so bring water, snacks or other items you may need. It should take 3 to 4 hours depending on the speed of the group. We will stop near Windlass Cave for a break, from there we will continue on a section of newly built trail, courtesy of the Cumberland Trail Conference volunteers and staff. This new section of trail is across a private property easement, so hikers will need to stay on the trail while crossing this section of the Cumberland Trail.

Duskin Branch Trailhead is closed to parking

The Duskin Branch Trailhead is closed to parking. The Trailhead is on a private road used primarily by log trucks and hunting lease holders managed by the owner. The owners have not previously posted against use of the road, but a bridge was washed out in the recent rainstorms, and the road to Duskin Branch Trailhead is impassable.

Hikers should use the Newby Camp trailhead parking area. This will add almost 1 mile to the day hike along Duskin Creek and Piney Creek.

Driving Directions to the Head of Sequatchie

For driving directions to the Head of Sequatchie: Bing Maps

Soddy Creek Section Warning

A temporary structure crossing Deep Creek is not open for public use. Do not cross the creek on this bridge.  Water may be too high for a creek crossing, requiring hikers to backtrack. A permanent bridge is planned for construction at this site.

The Cumberland Trail Celebrates National Trails Day

The Cumberland Trail celebrated National Trails Day by hosting a reunion of trail builders on June 2nd, 2012 at Cove Lake State Park.   The all-day event brought together a host of volunteers, park staff and administration who have been involved in building The Cumberland Trail from its inception to the present day.  The day’s activities included a guided group hike to The Devil’s Racetrack, good food, live music, and collection of historic documents and reminiscences from trail builders throughout our history.

Enjoy these event photos featuring trail builders past and present:

[Update: Fire Ban has been Discontinued] Backcountry Fire Ban in Effect for All Tennessee State Parks

The Tennessee State Parks System has issued a temporary ban on backcountry campfires in all state parks, including all parts of The Cumberland Trail.  The ban is effective June 29th, 2012 until further notice.  Please see news.tn.gov for details.

New Online Trailhead Overnight Parking Registration Process

Are you planning to stay the overnight at a campsite on the trail?  If so, please use the new trailhead parking registration process on this site.  By registering in advance, the CT park rangers will know that your car isn’t abandoned and that a hiking party is out on the trail.  Simply go to this page (https://friendsofthecumberlandtrail.org/camping/) and submit your form and the CT staff will get your information.