Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park

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Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park

Tennessee

(423) 566-2229

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Overview

The Cumberland Trail wanders among the remnants of the Cumberland Mountains, which once rose as high as the Rockies. The mountains presented a barrier to all who dared push through storied gaps westward onto and over the Cumberland Plateau. It now provides a linkage from north to south, forming natural connections and opportunities for scenic vistas and exploration of curious geological formations.

On June 22, 1998, Tennessee State Parks announced the creation of the Cumberland Trail State Park, Tennessee's 53rd State Park and the only state park of its kind. In September 2002, the park was renamed the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park in recognition of Wilson's dedication and leadership in catalyzing efforts to build the trail.

Upon completion, the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park, the state's only linear park, will be 300 miles long. It will cross through eleven Tennessee counties, from the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park on the Tennessee-Virginia-Kentucky border to the Signal Point near Chattanooga. One hundred fifty miles of the Cumberland Trail are open and ready for exploration. This includes the Cumberland Mountain Segments above LaFollette and Jacksboro and in the Cumberland Gap National Military Park, the 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.

Map of Cumberland Trail (TN)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.027078, -84.882341

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Activities

  • Camping

    Some segments of the trail have established backcountry sites that require registration. In other areas, camping is allowed anywhere, as long as hikers follow Leave No Trace ethics.

  • Hiking

    The trail consists of ten segments, offering a range of experiences and passing through a wide variety of ecosystems, from rugged and remote ridge lines to watershed gorges and quiet forests. When it is completed, the trail will be 300 miles long.

Seasonality/Weather

The trail is open year-round. In the summer, it can be cool in the mountains, and winter lows can fall below freezing.

Park Partners

Cumberland Trail Conference

The Cumberland Trail Conference works actively in the construction of the trail, as well as raising funding for and awareness about the trail.

(931) 456-6259

Directions

Driving

Cove Lake is located in East Tennessee's Campbell County, 30 miles northwest of Knoxville, on U.S. 25W and I-75 between LaFollette and Lake City. From I-75, take Exit #134, travel 1/2 miles on Veterans Memorial Highway and take the first left turn. The park lies within the city limits of Caryville, Tennessee.

From Harriman take Hwy. 27 North to Wartburg. Turn right (East) on Hwy. 62. Travel 2 miles and turn left on Flat Fork Road. Travel 4 miles to the park entrance.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(423) 566-2229

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