Cumberland Trail State Park

The Cumberland Trail is a work in progress. It will be a very nice, long trail along the Cumberland Plateau when all the parts are connected.
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1 The Cumberland Trail is being built "by hikers, for hikers" along the Cumberland Plateau (see link on home page). It begins at Prentice Cooper State Forest near Chattanooga and ends at Cumberland Gap near the convergence of the TN / KY / VA borders. Th...

The Cumberland Trail is being built "by hikers, for hikers" along the Cumberland Plateau (see link on home page). It begins at Prentice Cooper State Forest near Chattanooga and ends at Cumberland Gap near the convergence of the TN / KY / VA borders. Th...

The Cumberland Trail is being built "by hikers, for hikers" along the Cumberland Plateau (see link on home page). It begins at Prentice Cooper State Forest near Chattanooga and ends at Cumberland Gap near the convergence of the TN / KY / VA borders. The 300-plus mile trail is being built in segments, some of which border several state parks or natural areas; 140 miles are now ready for hiking. Some segments are easy, others are rated quite difficult. I'll add more pictures and information about the different segments of this trail as I hike them. 2335
2 This section of the Cumberland Trail is located near Cove Lake State Park in Caryville, TN. The trailhead can be accessed from the hiking trails at Cove Lake or by parking at the lot on Bruce Gap Road off Hwy. 63.

This section of the Cumberland Trail is located near Cove Lake State Park in Caryville, TN. The trailhead can be accessed from the hiking trails at Cove Lake or by parking at the lot on Bruce Gap Road off Hwy. 63.

This section of the Cumberland Trail is located near Cove Lake State Park in Caryville, TN. The trailhead can be accessed from the hiking trails at Cove Lake or by parking at the lot on Bruce Gap Road off Hwy. 63. 2493
3 Due to the difficulty of many segments of the Cumberland Trail, it is open only to hikers --- no horses, mountain bikes, or ATVs.

Due to the difficulty of many segments of the Cumberland Trail, it is open only to hikers --- no horses, mountain bikes, or ATVs.

Due to the difficulty of many segments of the Cumberland Trail, it is open only to hikers --- no horses, mountain bikes, or ATVs. 1767
4 See what I mean about difficult areas?! Can you see the 3 white trail blazes? You'll have to pick your way over lots of rocks when you go along this section of the trail. This "man-made scree pile" must be leftovers from what is above the trail...

See what I mean about difficult areas?! Can you see the 3 white trail blazes? You'll have to pick your way over lots of rocks when you go along this section of the trail. This "man-made scree pile" must be leftovers from what is above the trail...

See what I mean about difficult areas?! Can you see the 3 white trail blazes? You'll have to pick your way over lots of rocks when you go along this section of the trail. This "man-made scree pile" must be leftovers from what is above the trail... 2301
5 Interstate 75 parallels this section, so don't expect a quiet stroll through the woods and fields here!

Interstate 75 parallels this section, so don't expect a quiet stroll through the woods and fields here!

Interstate 75 parallels this section, so don't expect a quiet stroll through the woods and fields here! 1763
6 This field is loaded with raspberries and blackberries, which makes for nice snacking along the trail! The huge motel billboard takes away from the lovely views.

This field is loaded with raspberries and blackberries, which makes for nice snacking along the trail! The huge motel billboard takes away from the lovely views.

This field is loaded with raspberries and blackberries, which makes for nice snacking along the trail! The huge motel billboard takes away from the lovely views. 1800
7 The view to the west from the field.

The view to the west from the field.

The view to the west from the field. 1721
8 These raspberries and blackberries should be ripe by early July. Yum!

These raspberries and blackberries should be ripe by early July. Yum!

These raspberries and blackberries should be ripe by early July. Yum! 1649
9 There is a style over a barbed-wire fence on this section of the CT. When my friend and I first walked up to it, there was a small orange cat sitting on it.
(Photo by Debbie May)

There is a style over a barbed-wire fence on this section of the CT. When my friend and I first walked up to it, there was a small orange cat sitting on it. (Photo by Debbie May)

There is a style over a barbed-wire fence on this section of the CT. When my friend and I first walked up to it, there was a small orange cat sitting on it. (Photo by Debbie May) 2059
10 My hiking buddy, Debbie, on a bridge over a ravine along the trail.

My hiking buddy, Debbie, on a bridge over a ravine along the trail.

My hiking buddy, Debbie, on a bridge over a ravine along the trail. 2831
11 We were amazed to find these beaver-chewed logs along the lower part of the trail. The beavers had stripped the bark from every inch of the logs!

We were amazed to find these beaver-chewed logs along the lower part of the trail. The beavers had stripped the bark from every inch of the logs!

We were amazed to find these beaver-chewed logs along the lower part of the trail. The beavers had stripped the bark from every inch of the logs! 1800
12 Beaver-chewed logs up close. The big chips of wood looked as if someone had chopped the logs with an axe. Beavers have 4 huge yellow incisor teeth that they have to keep worn down; chewing on a log this size would certainly keep their teeth from gettin...

Beaver-chewed logs up close. The big chips of wood looked as if someone had chopped the logs with an axe. Beavers have 4 huge yellow incisor teeth that they have to keep worn down; chewing on a log this size would certainly keep their teeth from gettin...

Beaver-chewed logs up close. The big chips of wood looked as if someone had chopped the logs with an axe. Beavers have 4 huge yellow incisor teeth that they have to keep worn down; chewing on a log this size would certainly keep their teeth from getting too long! 3164
13 Beavers are the largest (native) rodents in the United States. They are making a comeback in many areas due to being a protected species. I cheated on this picture; this stuffed beaver was found in the visitors' center at Cove Lake State Park. Since be...

Beavers are the largest (native) rodents in the United States. They are making a comeback in many areas due to being a protected species. I cheated on this picture; this stuffed beaver was found in the visitors' center at Cove Lake State Park. Since be...

Beavers are the largest (native) rodents in the United States. They are making a comeback in many areas due to being a protected species. I cheated on this picture; this stuffed beaver was found in the visitors' center at Cove Lake State Park. Since beavers are nocturnal, they are not normally seen during the daytime. 1996
14 This Beaver Pond is located along the trail. There is a large dam located in the background.

This Beaver Pond is located along the trail. There is a large dam located in the background.

This Beaver Pond is located along the trail. There is a large dam located in the background. 1779
15 This large outcropping of vertical conglomerate stone bands is called "The Devil's Racetrack" (is Lucifer into NASCAR too?!). At an elevation of 1896 feet above sea level, this geological wonder looms almost 500 feet above the interstate. Every time my...

This large outcropping of vertical conglomerate stone bands is called "The Devil's Racetrack" (is Lucifer into NASCAR too?!). At an elevation of 1896 feet above sea level, this geological wonder looms almost 500 feet above the interstate. Every time my...

This large outcropping of vertical conglomerate stone bands is called "The Devil's Racetrack" (is Lucifer into NASCAR too?!). At an elevation of 1896 feet above sea level, this geological wonder looms almost 500 feet above the interstate. Every time my family drove by here, I'd always thought it would be great to hike to the top! 1815
16 This group of three waterfalls add to the beauty of the trail to the Devils' Racetrack.

This group of three waterfalls add to the beauty of the trail to the Devils' Racetrack.

This group of three waterfalls add to the beauty of the trail to the Devils' Racetrack. 1989
17 My friend Debbie on the conglomerate boulders near the top of the Devil's Racetrack.

My friend Debbie on the conglomerate boulders near the top of the Devil's Racetrack.

My friend Debbie on the conglomerate boulders near the top of the Devil's Racetrack. 1731
18 We made it to the top! What a view! This would be a stunning sight in autumn with the beautiful fall colors.
(Photo by Debbie May)

We made it to the top! What a view! This would be a stunning sight in autumn with the beautiful fall colors. (Photo by Debbie May)

We made it to the top! What a view! This would be a stunning sight in autumn with the beautiful fall colors. (Photo by Debbie May) 1822
19 A forest fire had killed many of the trees at the top of the Devils' Racetrack.

A forest fire had killed many of the trees at the top of the Devils' Racetrack.

A forest fire had killed many of the trees at the top of the Devils' Racetrack. 1720
20 View looking south from the Devils' Racetrack. Note the field with the billboard (from a previous photo) next to the curve of Interstate 75 on the right side of the picture; it is a little over a mile away. Cove Lake State Park is visible at the middle...

View looking south from the Devils' Racetrack. Note the field with the billboard (from a previous photo) next to the curve of Interstate 75 on the right side of the picture; it is a little over a mile away. Cove Lake State Park is visible at the middle...

View looking south from the Devils' Racetrack. Note the field with the billboard (from a previous photo) next to the curve of Interstate 75 on the right side of the picture; it is a little over a mile away. Cove Lake State Park is visible at the middle left. 2050
21 These water-smoothed quartz pebbles in the conglomerate boulders atop the Devil's Racetrack attest to the geological history of the Cumberland Plateau. This conglomerate rock was once a sandy riverbed or bank, which over the eons, was compressed into s...

These water-smoothed quartz pebbles in the conglomerate boulders atop the Devil's Racetrack attest to the geological history of the Cumberland Plateau. This conglomerate rock was once a sandy riverbed or bank, which over the eons, was compressed into s...

These water-smoothed quartz pebbles in the conglomerate boulders atop the Devil's Racetrack attest to the geological history of the Cumberland Plateau. This conglomerate rock was once a sandy riverbed or bank, which over the eons, was compressed into stone and later uplifted during the building of the Cumberland Mountain range. 1994

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