Cumberland Trail Hiking Series

The Cumberland Trail is a scenic footpath along the eastern edge of the Cumberland Plateau that begins in Chattanooga’s backyard on Signal Mountain. Development and maintenance of the CT is a grassroots effort driven by volunteers with the Cumberland Trail Conference (CTC). The trail is still under construction, but with 210 of the projected 300 miles completed, there’s plenty of trail to explore. Outdoor Chattanooga aims to connect you with this scenic trail by offering several guided half-day hikes (4-7 miles each) throughout the year.  We’ve carefully selected the sections and provide a shuttle to maximize the experience and miles covered during these one-way treks. Bring your sense of adventure and join us for one hike or the whole series!

Cumberland Trail Hiking Series

Explore the mountains.

Cumberland Trail Hiking Series

Explore the mountains.

Cumberland Trail Hiking Series

Explore the mountains.

Cumberland Trail Hiking Series

Explore the mountains.

Cumberland Trail Hiking Series

Explore the mountains.

Cumberland Trail Hiking Series

Explore the mountains.

Cumberland Trail Hiking Series

Explore the mountains.

Cumberland Trail Hiking Series

Explore the mountains.

Registration is required in advance as space is limited in the shuttle vehicle. There is no fee for these half-day guided hikes. All details are given with registration. The CT is a remote trail over rugged terrain. All hikes are rated as moderately strenuous with significant elevation changes where hikers may need to high step over rocks, deadfall, and other obstacles. Beginner hikers will find it challenging but certainly attainable. Outdoor Chattanooga requires participants have some hiking experience and be in good physical shape to hike 4-7 miles continuously on sections rated as moderately strenuous. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a participating parent or responsible adult.

What You’ll Learn

  • Hiking and backpacking skills
  • Essentials to carry
  • How to read and follow trail maps
  • More info about the area/sections hiked

FAQs

When are the hikes offered?

We offer several guided hikes throughout the year. Details about the section, distance hiked and where to meet are given with online registration.

2019 Hiking Series Schedule
January 26, February 23, March 9, April 13, May 4, June 8, October 12, November 9, December 14

How much does it cost?
FREE! There is no fee for half day hikes.
Do I have to make a reservation in advance?
Yes, we have limited space in the shuttle vehicle so participants must register in advance.
Do I need to have hiking experience to participate?
No, prior hiking experience is not required, but helpful. We do ask that participants be physically able to hike 4-7 miles consistently on a moderately strenuous terrain.
Will the hike be all downhill?

Although we’ve carefully selected the direction of the hikes, we can’t guarantee the entire hike will be downhill as the terrain is varied and uneven and you should anticipate some elevation gain during the hike. We request that you are physically able to hike the full distance on a trail rated as moderately strenuous with both elevation loss and gain.

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Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

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Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

30

TVCC Paddle School/ assistance by Rapid Learning Whitewater Program

TVCC Paddle School/ assistance by Rapid Learning Whitewater Program

Chattanooga RAT RACE 2019 /Open Water Swim

TVCC Paddle School/ assistance by Rapid Learning Whitewater Program

Partner Program/Private: 2 day kayak

Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

Grotto Meeting

Partner Program/Private: 2 day kayak

Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

Partner Program: Trust for Public Land

YFD Summer Camps Canoeing and Archery-City of Chattanooga

YFD Summer Camps Canoeing and Archery-City of Chattanooga

Partner Program: Canoeing for TN Aqua Summer Camps

Dam Kayak Tour

Cumberland Trail Guided Hike

Cuckoo Canoe Tour

Rapid Learning RIVER/ Whitewater Kayak Instruction

Partner Program: Chattanooga Preparatory School

Partner Program/Private: 2 day kayak

Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

Partner Program/Private: 2 day kayak

Adult Archery and Aces

Paddle Smart Chattanooga- A Paddlesports Safety Class

Partner Program: Trust for Public Land

Guided Creek Snorkeling

Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

Partner Program: Lookout Mountain Conservancy

YFD Summer Camps Canoeing and Archery-City of Chattanooga

Partner Program: Lookout Mountain Conservancy

Partner Program: Canoeing for TN Aqua Summer Camps

Partner Program: Southeastern Conservation Corps

Guided Sunset Canoe Tour

Moonlight Kayak Tour

Rapid Learning RIVER/ Whitewater Kayak Instruction

Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

Traffic Skills 101 for Bike Commuting – Learn to “drive” your bicycle in traffic

Chattanooga Bicycle Club – Monthly Meeting

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Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

Rapid Learning: Intro to Whitewater Kayaking and Skills Practice

YFD Summer Camps Canoeing and Archery-City of Chattanooga

Partner Program: Canoeing for TN Aqua Summer Camps

Dam Kayak Tour

NPS Partners: Lookout Creek Canoe Tour

Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon

Family Fun Day

Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

Cumberland Trail Guided Hike

Adult Archery and Aces

Guided Rock Hop + Creek Snorkel

Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

Rapid Learning: Intro to Whitewater Kayaking and Skills Practice

YFD Summer Camps Canoeing and Archery-City of Chattanooga

Historic Kayak and Walking Tours of Chattanooga with NPS

Partner Program: Canoeing for TN Aqua Summer Camps

Dam Kayak Tour

Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge Kayak Tour

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Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

Grotto Meeting

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NO Class/ holiday: Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

Rapid Learning: Intro to Whitewater Kayaking and Skills Practice

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Did You Know?

Completing short section hikes with Outdoor Chattanooga will earn you credit toward the 50 miler award from the Cumberland Trail Conference (CTC). To earn the 50 miler award, individuals must complete 50 unique miles on the Cumberland Trail and complete 10 hours of service work with the CTC.

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