Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a unique hiking experience on the Cumberland Trail (CT) in 2018 and fulfill your resolution to hike more in the new year. Outdoor Chattanooga’s experienced guides will lead participants on short, section hikes (4 to 7 miles each) on the CT to explore unique geological formations, discover seasonal flora and fauna, trek over creeks and across suspended bridges to the tops of ridges with waterfalls and scenic overlooks.
The CT 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 will connect you with this scenic trail, provide hands on experience to learn and improve hiking and backpacking skills, and encourage stewardship of Chattanooga’s local trails by offering 12 different short section hikes (4-7 miles each) throughout the year, including half-day hikes and equipped overnight backpacking adventures.
Need more incentive to hike? Participants who complete short section hikes with us will earn credit toward the 50 miler award from the CTC. To earn the 50 miler award, individuals must complete 50 unique miles on the CT and complete 10 hours of service work with the CTC. We’ve carefully selected the one-way, short section hikes to be mostly downhill and will provide a shuttle to participants to maximize the experience and unique miles covered. Bring your sense of adventure and join us for one hike or the whole series!
The guided hiking series begins January 13, 2018 and concludes December 1, 2018. Registration is required in advance as space is limited in the shuttle vehicle. No fee for half day hikes, $65 per person for equipped overnight backpacking adventures. All details will be given upon registration. The CT is a remote trail over rugged terrain. Outdoor Chattanooga requires participants to 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.
Cumberland Trail Hiking Series Schedule
Section Info and Details given with registration
Jan. 13– Saturday Jan. 26– Friday Feb. 3– Saturday
March 2– Friday March 10-11 Saturday to Sunday (backpack)
April 14-15 Saturday to Sunday (backpack) April 27– Friday
May 11– Friday June 8– Friday Oct. 20– Saturday
Nov. 10-11 Saturday to Sunday (backpack) Dec. 1– Saturday
For more information and to get registered for one of the hikes in the series email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.
Hiking Series Schedule
*Details given with registration
January 13– Saturday
January 26– Friday
February 3– Saturday
March 2– Friday
March 10-11 Saturday to Sunday (backpack)
April 14-15 Saturday to Sunday (backpack)
April 27– Friday
May 11– Friday
June 8– Friday
October 27– Saturday
November 10-11 Saturday to Sunday (backpack)
December 1– Saturday
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