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 and where to meet are given with 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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Try Archery- Open Hours

Partner Program: Therapeutic Recreation for Try Archery

Winter Workshop: Fishing Secrets

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Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon Weekend

Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon Weekend

Chattanooga Marathon

Grotto Meeting

Therapeutic Recreation /Young Athletes Program

Rapid Learning Intro to Kayaking and Skills Practice- Winter Classes

Try Archery- Open Hours

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Cumberland Trail Guided Hike

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Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

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Try Archery- Open Hours

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Bike the Bunkers at ESNP

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

Chattanooga Bicycle Club – Monthly Meeting

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Try Archery- Open Hours

Mountain to Town – Downhill Bike Adventure

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Partner Program: Kayak instruction for Lee University

Try Archery- Open Hours

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Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

Grotto Meeting

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Wildflower Walk in the Cherokee National Forest

Ducks Ducks Unlimited “Great Outdoors Festival” 2019

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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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