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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 November 2016 over 210 miles of the trail are open for hiking. 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.

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 website for details.

Related Links

Friends of the Cumberland Trail

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 elevation gains


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: 423-566-229

Fax: 423-566-2290

Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park Website

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