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Cumberland Trail State Park

View from Black Mountain on The Cumberland TrailThe Cumberland Trail State Park, officially known as the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park, is a Tennessee hiking trail that travels through 11 Tennessee counties.  The Park is a work-in-progress that, when finished, will be over 300 miles long.  Currently, approximately 196 miles of hike able trail has been completed and are ready for hiking.

Sign on The Cumberland TrailThe completed sections of the trail pass through Frozen Head State Park in Morgan County, and crosses Hwy 27 in Wartburg at the Morgan County Visitor’s Center.  The trail continues on through the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area and crosses over the Obed Wild and Scenic River.  Other parts of the trail cross over the Cumberland Mountains in La Follette (on McCloud Mountain) and Jacksboro, as well as the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park.  The trail is designed by hikers for hikers, so it is primarily a hiking trail.  It was designed and built in a way that helps to minimize the environmental impact on sensitive wildlife habitats, aquatic or terrestrial habitats, and endangered or threatened species.

The trail is a single file back country hiking trail, which is part of the Great Eastern Trail, and will provide those hiking the park with many picturesque waterfalls, rare wilderness experiences and scenic overlooks.  Also due to it’s remote locations in the Appalachian and Cumberland Mountain ranges, the park will provide hikers with a more primitive backcountry hiking experience as compared to the more crowded Appalachian Trail.

Facts About the Park

  • The Cumberland Trail became Tennessee’s 53rd state park in 1998.
  • It is the only linear state park in the state.
  • 196 miles of hikeable trail have been finished, but the fully completed trail will be over 300 miles long.
  • Many private organizations help to support the trail financially and by volunteering.
  • The park is named in honor of Justin P. Wilson, the Comptroller of the State of Tennessee, and a conservation activist for his work to help make the park a reality.  Mr. Wilson also donated a considerable amount of the land to form the park.

Get More Information

Find out a lot more about the Cumberland State Park by visiting The Cumberland Trail Conference at http://cumberlandtrail.org!

The Cumberland Trail crossing Hwy 27/62 at the Morgan County Visitor's Center

Downloadable PDF Maps

Cumberland Trail Map

A map that shows the full trail, with completed, in construction, and proposed sections.  This map is provided courtesy of The Cumberland Trail Conference.  (PDF Format – 656Kb)

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