Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail

Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park is a Tennessee State Scenic Trail. When complete, it will run the length of the Cumberland Plateau from Chattanooga to the Kentucky-Virginia-Tennessee border.

As of 2015, 190 miles of the 300 planned trail miles are open for hiking and other outdoor activities. These miles are divided into 14 different segments.  Between these segments, land CTC Brown Diamondacquisition for the proposed trail corridor is an on-going process, so gaps in the proposed trail route do exist. There are two long sections located within a half an hour's drive of downtown Chattanooga.

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Photo of the Tennessee River Gorge by Jeffrey Hunter

The Tennessee River Gorge Segment begins at the Signal Point unit of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in the town of Signal Mountain, 15 minutes northwest of downtown Chattanooga. The segment extends 24 miles across the Suck Creek Gorge and into Prentice Cooper State Forest.

The Three Gorges Segment - Soddy, Possum and Rock Creeks - are some of the most beautiful sections of hiking trail in the entire Southeast. The rugged, rock strewn trail rolls over 40 contiguous miles by boulder fields, rhododendron thickets and dramatic overlooks.

Related Activities
Trail Running, camping, wildlife viewing

Detailed Trail Maps and Hiking Information
Cumberland Trail Conference (CTC)

Permitting varies depending on the managing agency. See the CTC's section information for details.

Related Links
Friends of the Cumberland Trail
Alliance for the Cumberlands

Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga to Southern Terminus
9.1 miles | 15 minutes

GPS Coordinates
35.120534 | -85.366648

Google Map

Activity type
Moderate to expert: uneven terrain and strenuous elevations gains

Rest Rooms
None. Pack out all human and pet waste

Dog Friendly
Yes, on leash

Open year round

Contact Information
220 Park Road
Caryville, TN 37714
Phone: 423-566-2229
Fax: 423-566-2290
Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park Website

Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail