Special Note: For those looking for the Head of Sequatchie | Address: 270 Glyph Parkway, Pikeville, TN 37367 | Open: Everyday | Hours: 8 am – 4 pm CST | Phone: 423-533-2928 | Directions: https://tnstateparks.com/parks/activity-detail/cumberland-trail-head-of-sequatchie
The Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park manages the Cumberland Trail, established in 1971 as a State Scenic Trail. In 1998, the Cumberland Trail became Tennessee’s 53rd state park and in 2002 was renamed for Justin P. Wilson in honor of his commitment to complete this spectacular 11-county corridor. Wilson was Tennessee’s Deputy Governor from 1996-2003 and served six terms as Tennessee’s 34th Comptroller from January 15, 2009, until January 13, 2021. Wilson now serves as Comptroller Emeritus within the Office of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury.
The Cumberland Trail follows a line of pristine high ridges and deep gorges lying along Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, linking State Park lands, State Natural Areas, Wildlife Management Areas, and National Parks. Partnership with the Cumberland Trails Conference, the Friends of the Cumberland Trail, and other 501c3 organizations and volunteer groups support the acquisition of land and the construction and maintenance of the trail. The completed trail corridor will encompass the largest acreage within a Tennessee State Park unit, and extend 300 miles from Cumberland Gap on the Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky border to the Tennessee River Gorge, near Chattanooga.
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 At Head of Sequatchie: Daily from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST
Head of Sequatchie: Daily from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST
Cove Creek Office: Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM EST
Laurel-Snow State Natural Area: Daily from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM EST
North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area: Daily from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM EST
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 Friends of the Cumberland Trail: www.friendsofthecumberlandtrail.org or contact the Friends at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about the Cumberland Trails Conference: www.cumberlandtrail.org or contact email@example.com.