The Cumberland Trail is a Tennessee State Scenic Hiking Trail and it became Tennessee's 53rd state park in 1998. In addition to providing multiple recreational opportunities, this protected greenway will act as a buffer to protect water quality and provide natural habitat for animals.
The Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park, is the state's only linear park that runs 300 miles. The park cuts through eleven Tennessee counties including the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park on the Tennessee-Virginia-Kentucky border and Signal Point near Chattanooga.
One hundred fifty miles of the Cumberland Trail are open and ready to explore. With breathtaking mountain views and an abundance of wildlife. Your walk includes sites from the Cumberland Mountain Segments above LaFollette and Jacksboro and the Cumberland Gap National Military Park as well as Grassy Cove Segment on Black and Brady Mountain in Cumberland County. The Tennessee River Gorge Segment in Prentice Cooper State Forest, and the Obed Wild and Scenic River Segment in the Obed River Gorge and Catoosa WMA is also a part of the one hundred fifty mile stretch.
The Cumberland Trail wraps around the remnants of the Cumberland Mountains that once sat 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 link north to south, forming natural connections and opportunities for scenic vistas and curious geological formations.
The Cumberland Trail is designed and built to minimize the potential environmental impact on sensitive wildlife habitat, unique aquatic or terrestrial habitats, or endangered/threatened species. The Cumberland Trail's environmentally conscious footprint on the land provides the hiker with picturesque waterfalls, scenic overlooks, and a wilderness experience rare in the eastern US.
The Cumberland Trail as a center for recreational activities and conservation on the Cumberland Plateau, will also be a provider and source of environmental education of both the young and the old in the Southeast on our natural world and conservation inherent to a stable planet.
Cumberland Trail Route :
Obed Wild and Scenic River
Tennessee River Gorge
Cumberland Trail Conference
19 East 4th St.
Crossville, TN 38555
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