Learn more about Cumberland Trail State Park.
Special Note: For those looking for the Head of Sequatchie | Address: 270 Glyph Parkway, Pikeville, TN 37367 | Open: Everyday | Hours: 9am - 5pm CDT | Phone: 423-533-2928 | Directions: https://tnstateparks.com/parks/activity-detail/cumberland-trail-head-of-sequatchie
The Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail State Park, a Tennessee scenic hiking trail, became Tennessee's 53rd state park in 1998. It is Tennessee's first linear park, cutting through 11 Tennessee counties. In 2002, the park was renamed for Justin P. Wilson in honor of his work to help make the vision of the Cumberland Trail a reality. Wilson was Tennessee's Deputy Governor from 1996-2003 and currently serves as the state's Comptroller.
The Cumberland Trail follows a line of pristine high ridges and deep gorges lying along Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau. The state is continuing to partner with the Cumberland Trails Conference, a 501c3, and other volunteers to solicit public and private support for the acquisition of additional land along the trail. Once completed, the hiking trail will extend 282 miles from Cumberland Gap, on the Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky border to the Tennessee River Gorge, on the Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia border.
To view a real-time interactive map and track hikes click here.
At Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, the Cumberland Trail joins the National Park Trail System and Kentucky's Pine Mountain Trail.
The Cumberland Trail wanders among the remnants of the Cumberland Mountains that once rose as high as the Rockies. The trail represented a barrier to all who dared push through storied gaps westward onto and over the Cumberland Plateau. It now provides a linkage north to south, forming natural connections and opportunities for scenic vistas and curious geological formations. Several hiking trail segments, totaling more than 185 miles, are now complete and ready to hike.
The Cumberland Trail is still under construction but will extend over 330 miles when complete. Of the proposed 330+ miles of trail, approximately 185 miles and 40 trailheads are open for public use. You can view the open trail between Signal Mountain and Cumberland Gap in the interactive map below.
Need to Know Before You Go
Unless otherwise indicated below, Cumberland Trail managed areas are open during daylight hours:
Main Office: M-F 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Laurel-Snow State Natural Area: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Head of Sequatchie: View Hours of Operation
Vehicles left in gated areas after sunset are subject to being towed or locked in.
Park Trail Maps
Looking for a trail map? Click the link below to see a list of the maps available at this park. The page includes all the trail maps we have available, organized by park. We have free and paid options that provide you the details you need to have your next great adventure in Tennessee.
Geo-referenced Trail Maps
Did you know that certain types of PDF maps can show your exact position on a trail? We are creating geo-referenced maps for our parks. When the map is opened with an app on your smartphone, a dot/reference point displays on the device screen at your exact location. These maps use your GPS, not your cell signal, so they work even when you do not have service. Here is what you need to access our maps:
Learn more about the Cumberland Trails Conference: www.cumberlandtrail.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head of Sequatchie Hours of Operation
03-25-2021: The Head of Sequatchie is open Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. CDT.
Directions/Details or call 423-533-2989 (M-F 8am to 4:30pm ET).
Cumberland Trail Need to Know
Please exercise extreme caution while enjoying creek areas, including waterfalls. Water levels may change suddenly, running high and moving fast in many areas and posing increased safety risk. Check out our interactive map to plan your trip: https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=762f5151ba8045b2b076c0455f37179a&extent=-86.8081,34.9055,-82.7514,36.8174
All Counties: All caves on lands managed by the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail are closed to the public at this time due to White Nose Syndrome.
COVID-19 Updates for Day Use Areas
Tennessee State Parks are open. Please see our Keeping Visitors Healthy page to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
Cumberland Trail Closures & Updates | Updated 5-24-2021
3-18-2021: Due to some environmental issues, we are advising no one use Possum Creek at this time.
12-10-2020: Open | Black Mountain to Ozone Falls | Interactive Map (includes area, trailheads, parking, etc.): https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=762f5151ba8045b2b076c0455f37179a&extent=-86.8081,34.9055,-82.7514,36.8174
11-30-2020: **Closure** | Frozen Head State Park Boundary North to Arch Mountain: Downfall has made the trail impassable at several points. Navigating around the obstructions is dangerous. Map of Closure: https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=762f5151ba8045b2b076c0455f37179a&extent=-86.8081,34.9055,-82.7514,36.8174
Connects to Lawson Mountain...which has the following warning.
11-30-2020: The Lawson Mountain Section the CT is in poor condition. Be prepared to use GPS navigation. A form of GPS navigation is available on the Cumberland Trail Interactive Map Here: https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=762f5151ba8045b2b076c0455f37179a&extent=-86.8081,34.9055,-82.7514,36.8174
Please exercise extreme caution, plan your trip, and do not continue (& turn back) if you lose site of the trail or blazes.
11-30-2020: Tank Springs Shelter (No Longer Exists) | A fire has destroyed the Tank Springs Shelter in Campbell County roughly 3 miles south of the Tank Springs Trailhead in LaFollette towards the Devil's Racetrack in Caryville - a roughly 11-mile stretch.
9-15-2020: Nemo Bridge to Break-A-Way Bluff | This segment of trail has continuous maintenance issues due to its topography - staff are working in the area but blowdowns & other issues are common even after recent cleanings. Please exercise extreme caution, plan your trip, and do not continue (please turn back) if you lose site of the trail or blazes. If you see issues report them at email@example.com or 423-566-2229 (M-F 8am - 4:30pm ET).
08-25-2020: The Suck Creek Bridge off Hwy 27 (near Mushroom Rock) in Prentice Cooper State Forest is washed out. Staff is looking at possible options with an indefinite timetable for repair at this time.”
Updated October 25, 2019: Trail Segment Closures
Trail South of the Devil's Breakfast Table Trailhead - extending to the Daddy's Creek Trailhead and RMA - remains incomplete and closed. The trail can be picked up again, to the south, at the Daddy's Creek Trailhead.
For Immediate Updates: Visit our Interactive Map at https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=762f5151ba8045b2b076c0455f37179a&extent=-86.8081,34.9055,-82.7514,36.8174 - follow our Facebook page or call our main office at 423-566-2229 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM ET.
For the most up-to-date hours and information, please contact Cumberland Trail State Park directly.
220 Park Road
Caryville, TN 37714
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Winter