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The Trails of Cumberland County

As you hike these trails you will enjoy a wide variety of terrain and geographical features. We hope these trails take you places that you would not normally go and that you have positive experiences along the way. We hope you enjoy hiking these trails but please stay on the trail when hiking and respect private property in residential communities. Carry plenty of water at all times, use bug-spray and watch your step – it is easy to twist an ankle on rocks and tree roots. Pets are permitted on (nearly) all trails but please pick up after your dog if it fouls the trail-bed.

Interactive Map of County Trails

This is a new feature we are trying out. Let us know what you think.

We have created a Google “My Map” of Cumberland County and added many of the trails as GPX tracks. We think this is a useful feature as it allows you to zoom in on the trail, get driving directions and use other common features of Google maps. We will be adding more trails and features.

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Cumberland County Trails

Lake Alice & Adshead Trails (Pleasant Hill)

Note: The trail-head is on Yonside Drive (A one-way street) but there is only parking for a couple of vehicles. We recommend parking on the gravel lot on West Lake Road.

Description

This is a nice walk through the woods with lake views.  From the parking on West Lake Road, walk up Yonside Drive ashort distance turning right where the Lake Alice Trail kiosk is.  Follow the trail markers in a clockwise direction around Lake Alice until it ends at West Lake Road where you turn right for a short walk back to the parking.   This trail has had many improvements over the last three years adding bridges, boardwalks, trailhead kiosks, benches and 911 markers. 

Driving Directions

The Lake Alice Trail is in Uplands Village, Pleasant Hill.  Take the Sparta highway from Crossville for 10 miles then, shortly after passing a gas station on the left, take the right turn on East Main Street into the village. Pass the Elementary School and a short distance later turn right on to West Lake Road. After about half a mile pull over to the right onto the gravel trailhead parking.

Maryetta Trail

Description
This is a brand new trail that has just opened in time for this year’s marathon. It is a 1.7 mile “lollipop” trail in the woods pretty close to downtown Crossville. One leg of the loop is along the Obed River. The return is higher up the hillside.

Driving Directions

Take Sparta Highway from West Avenue at Krogers. After half a mile turn right onto the driveway of the Crossville Wastewater Treatment Facility. Before reaching the gates, turn left on the gravel track down to the trail-head parking area.

Meditation Trail

Description
Please do not hike this trail on a Sunday morning as the parking lot will be full with the congregation’s cars. Enter the Meditation Trail and enjoy an easy walk in this quiet spot close to the bustling activity in Crossville. As you walk over the bridge you can visualize how much water gets in the creek after heavy rain…..enough to wash this bridge away three times in recent months!

Driving Directions
Head out of Crossville along Sparta Highway, Route 70. After three quarters of a mile pass Ace Hardware on the right. Approximately a quarter of a mile after Ace turn right into the parking lot of the St Raphael Episcopal Church. Park behind the church close to the trailhead.

Plantation Trail

Description
Although this trail was on the marathon last year we have changed the location of the trailhead so that the route passes through the upper field. Follow the winding paved walking trail 0.9 miles past the open area with exercise equipment, beside the Charleston Plantation. As you go down the hill towards the old dam on the Obed River, turn right onto the dirt Plantation trail. Enjoy this trail as it winds along the Little Obed River. At the end of the trail retrace your steps back to your car. 

Driving Directions
Head out of Crossville on Route 70N, West Avenue, after 1.5 miles from the Kroger’s Plaza, turn right into the Obed River Park. Proceed 0.25 miles to the gravel parking lot at the end of the road.

Soldier’s Beach Trail

Description
It is recommended that you follow the signs and hike this 1.7-mile trail in a counter-clockwise direction. It is a very pretty trail with not many uphill sections to be negotiated and many views across the lake. The trail does pass close to the lakeshore so children do need to be supervised.

Note: This is called Soldier’s Beach Trail because, during World War 2, German Prisoners of War from a camp in Crossville were used to build a recreational facility here for US Soldier’s families. Although it does not mention Soldier’s Beach you can learn more about the POW camp in this magazine article.

Driving Directions
To get to Meadow Park take Lantana Road, Highway 101, south out of Crossville. After about 3.5 miles, go straight through the lights where Highway 282 turns off for Lake Tansi. The road narrows from four lanes down to two lanes. After another mile turn right on to City Lake Road. There is a large Meadow Park sign on the corner. The trail-head parking is about half a mile on the left but you might want to follow City Lake Road to where it dead-ends at the park marina and office. Enjoy the views across the lake, and maybe use the restrooms at the campsite. Feel free to stop in the office and say “Hi” to Marlene Potter the park manager, then drive back up the entrance road 0.6 miles to the trail-head parking lot which will now be on the right hand side of the road.

Woodlawn Loop Trail

Description
This is a delightful figure-of-eight woodland trail that was constructed in 2017. Part of the trail is along the Little Obed River but you only get glimpses of the river as you pass close by.

 

Woodlawn Loop & Little Obed Trail

Description
This is a delightful figure-of-eight woodland trail that was constructed in 2017. Part of the trail is along the Little Obed River but you only get glimpses of the river as you pass close by.

To hike the Little Obed Trail, constructed in 2020,  you will start off by taking the Woodlawn loop trail from the trail-head parking lot. Turn right at the first junction in the woods. A short distance later turn right again to get on to the Little Obed Trail. It is a nice easy trail that gets closer to the river in places. The trail ends at Old Jamestown Highway. Eventually we hope to continue the trail on the other side of the road but for now we recommend that you turn around when you see the road and return to the trail-head where you started.

Fairfield Glade Trails

All the trails in Fairfield Glade can be found on their own website at    www.gladetrails.com 

  1. Amherst Trail
  2. Blue Loop
  3. Central Trail
  4. Good Samaritan Trail
  5. Green Loop
  6. Hemlock Trail
  7. Kirkstone Trail
  8. Library Trail
  9. Overlook Trail
  10. Red Loop
  11. Rotherham Trail
  12. Seven Bridges Trail
  13. Stonehenge Trail
  14. Thornhill Trail
  15. Yellow Loop

Cumberland Mountain State Park Trails

The Cumberland Mountain State Park has it’s own website. There are maps here of the trails that have featured in the Hiking Marathon.

  1. Byrd Creek Trail
  2. Overnight Trail
  3. Pioneer Long Trail
  4. Pioneer Short & ADA Paved Trail

Pioneer Long Trail

Description
Cross the  road and walk back to the bridge. You can start the hike on either bank of the creek, The trail follows the creek for about 1.25 miles to a swinging bridge. Cross the bridge and return on the other bank of the creek to the trail-head.

This trail has many exposed roots on the trail so take extra care to avoid turning an ankle. The trails in the park pass close to water and there are steep drop-offs in many places so children should be supervised.

Driving Directions
The Cumberland Mountain State Park is very well known and there are plenty of road signs directing you to the park, which is about four miles south east of Crossville on Highway 127. However do NOT enter the park in the usual entrance.Keep going on Route 127 South. Go Past the entrance to Bear Trace Golf Course. About 0.25 miles past Bear Trace turn right on to South Old Mail Road and follow the road for 1.8 miles to the stone bridge across Byrd Creek. Immediately after the bridge look for parking space on the left.(There is room for half-a-dozen vehicles along the road.) Please park head-on into the side of the road rather than parallel park so that more vehicles can fit in the limited space.

Pioneer Short & ADA Paved Trail

Description
Cross the park road to the start of the ADA Paved Trail. Follow the paved trail to the wooden bridge where the Pioneer Trail starts and ends. Follow the Pioneer Trail along Bryd Creek then cross the creek on the swinging bridge and return on the other side of the creek.

This trail has many exposed roots on the trail so take extra care to avoid turning an ankle. The trails in the park pass close to water and there are steep drop-offs in many places so children should be supervised.

Driving Directions
The Cumberland Mountain State Park is very well known and there are plenty of road signs directing you to the park, which is about four miles south east of Crossville on Highway 127. We recommend parking by the park office.

Storybook Paved Trail

Description

This trail is 0.6 miles in length giving a 1.2 mile roundtrip hike. Start at the kayak marina behind the restaurant. Cross the wooden bridge onto the Storybook Trail. Stop along the way and read the kid friendly signs. When you reach the road by the Park Office turn around and return. (There are public restrooms in the park office building and the restaurant.)

Driving Directions

The Cumberland Mountain State Park is very well known and there are plenty of road signs directing you to the park, which is about four miles south east of Crossville on Highway 127.

There is plenty of parking in the park but please do not park in the restaurant parking lot as that gets very busy at times. We suggest you park near the kayak marina behind the restaurant.

Cumberland Trail Sections

CT Black Mountain Crest Loop

Description
After parking the car, follow the signs to the Main Trail and the South Overlook. After enjoying the views at the overlook return to the Main Trail and head south along this section of the Cumberland Trail. Although it is not required for the marathon, you can take the staircase down off the summit if you want to admire the rock formations, then back up the stairs and turn left onto the loop trail to the northern overlook. Continue along the loop trail, crossing over the access road. Note where the main, Cumberland Trail branches off the left but remain on the loop trail and return to the parking lot. The trails in the park pass close to steep drop-offs in many places so children should be supervised.

Driving Directions
 Take Bat Town Road south from the Crab Orchard exit from I-140, Exit 329. After about two miles turn left onto Owl Roost Road where it is signed to the Justin P Wilson State Park. Take Owl Roost Road and Black Mountain Road for three miles to the parking lot at the summit of the mountain. Drive carefully as it is a single-track road with passing places. 

CT Head of Sequatchie Trail

ABOUT THE HEAD OF SEQUATCHIE

The Head of Sequatchie is an area of the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park admired for its serenity and beauty. Named for the headwaters of the Sequatchie River, the Head of Sequatchie boasts hiking, history, and pristine beauty serving as a snapshot of a time since passed. 

Enjoy the birthplace of the Sequatchie River, which rushes forth as the only natural water outlet of the pristine Grassy Cove to the north as a result of the karst topography of the area. Take the side trail to an overlook of Devilstep Hollow Cave and pass by Sherrill Cemetery where rests the first sheriff of Cumberland County–Craven Sherrill (descendant of Katherine “Bonnie Kate” Sherrill, wife of John Sevier). 

On these grounds, you will walk the same trails as the first European settlers of Tennessee as well as Native Americans dating back to the Mississippian Period when Devilstep Hollow Cave was an important ceremonial site (home to some of the most archaeologically significant pictographs, petroglyphs, and mud glyphs in the southeastern United States). 

The beginning of the Sequatchie Valley, which stretches into Alabama, is an excellent place for picnics, outings, and gatherings of all sorts. Accessible and open to all–The Head of Sequatchie is like no other.

Trail Description

Note: The Head of Sequatchie is only open for 9am to 5pm each day so please plan your hiking accordingly.

Park in the grassy area and walk across the bridge.  Restrooms are in the first building across the bridge on the left.  The trail begins across the field behind the building to the right.  Cross the bridge where the Sequatchie River begins as a spring, cross the bridge and turn left and up the steps.  Turn at the third left off of the grassy road (follow the Marathon arrows), and follow the trail through the woods for a while then retrace your steps to the grassy road and then turn left and follow the mowed field path back to the head of the Sequatchie river.

Note: This trail was on the 2022 Hiking Marathon.

Driving Directions

Driving from Crossville:

  • Take Highway 127 south out of Crossville. After 2.4 miles you will come to a split, at the Homestead Tower, as highway 68 goes to the left you will take a right and stay on highway 127 south. After 0.6 miles you will pass the main entrance to Cumberland Mountain State Park. Stay on Highway 127 south. After 5 miles you will pass  the Basses Creek Bridge.
  • You should continue south on Highway 127. After you pass Basses Creek bridge start looking for a left turn onto Brown Road. This road is 1.6 miles from the bridge, just after you have topped a hill.
  • Brown Road is a tar and chip road you will follow for 0.7 miles until it tees into Rhea Road, here turn to the left.
  • You will follow Rhea road for about 0.5 miles until it tees at Old highway 28 at the dumpster station. Here you turn right and go south on old highway 28.
  • Follow old 28 for a distance of 2.5 miles down off the Plateau as you begin your descent into the Sequatchie Valley. You will make two sharp turns going down, so watch your speed as the road is also narrow.
  • Turn left at the Head of Sequatchie Sign, onto the gravel driveway that goes onto the park property.
  • Follow this gravel road to the bottom of the hill to the parking area.

CT Ozone Falls Trail

Note 1: This trail is rather steep and rocky as it descends to the base of the falls. Take extra care especially, if the rocks are wet. Hiking poles will be very helpful on this trail.

Note 2: This is a State Natural Area and pets are prohibited……so leave your dogs at home when you hike this trail.

Description

You may want to go 100 yards to visit the top of the falls before you begin.  The trail begins near route 70 and parallels the road for 50 yards before turning left and heading below the falls.  There are many rock steps that lead you down.  Follow the trail and at 0.2 mile follow the sign towards Black Mountain.  At 0.5 mile you will cross a white bridge.  At exactly 1 mile,  turn around at  the giant rock at the left side of the trail. and retrace your steps back to your car.

Driving Directions

From the Crab Orchard  exit off I-40, exit 329,  head east on Route 70 for 4.5 miles to the Ozone Falls State Natural Area. Park on either side of the road where parking is available being careful not to block roads or driveways.

CT Peavine-McGinnis Creek

Description
Cross the road and follow the winding trail. After 1.3 miles the trail crosses an old gravel logging road and after 2.2 miles you reach the wooden bridge over McGinnis Creek. Stop, rest, have a drink, enjoy the rocks and vegetation, and then retrace your steps back to your car.

Driving Directions
This trailhead is exactly 3.0 miles from the corner of Peavine Road and Catoosa Blvd, (and Westchester Dr.) on Peavine Road in Fairfield Glade. Park on the right side of the road across from the trailhead.

CT Windlass Cave Section

Description

Cross the road and start up the Black Mountain Trail. (Take care not to head south on the Brady Mountain Trail!) Hike trail steadily uphill for about one and a half miles to Windlass Cave. The cave iteself is closed to the public to protect the bats in the cave itself from  the white-nose disease. Take a well-earned rest before turning around and heading back downhill to the trailhead to complete this 3.0-mile hike.  

Driving Directions

Driving from Crossville: Take route 127 south. At the Homestead Tower leave route 127 and follow route 68 towards Grassy Cove and Spring City. After four miles pass Cox Valley Road on the left. Shortly afterwards identify the Brady Mountain trailhead parking on the right, just a shoulder along Route 68.