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 acquisition 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 half and hour’s drive of downtown Chattanooga.
The Tennessee River Gorge segement 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.
Trail running, camping, wildlife viewing
Detailed Trail Maps and Hiking Information
Permitting varies depending on the managing agency. See the CTC’s website for details.
Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga to Southern Terminus
9.1 miles | 15 minutes
35.120534 | -85.366648
Moderate to expert: uneven terrain and strenuous elevation gains
None. Pack out all human and pet waste
Yes, on leash
Open year round
220 Park Road
Caryville, TN 37714