Cumberland Trail - Hiking

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With multiple accessible sections, the Cumberland Trail’s southern terminus is located 9 miles from downtown Chattanooga at Signal Point. It’s a must-experience outdoor destination for hiking, trail running, backpacking, and primitive camping.

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Rodger Ling


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The distance of each section varies. When completed, the entire trail will be 300 miles from end to end.

Destination Distance From Downtown

7.6 miles


3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

1 - 4 hours/section


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


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Cumberland Trail



Lined with high ridges and deep gorges along the rugged and cliff-lined eastern edge of Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, the Cumberland Trail is an ambitious trail project. When completed, it will extend 300 miles from Cumberland Gap National Park in Kentucky to the Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park on Signal Mountain, Tennessee.

What Makes It Great

Within 60 miles of Chattanooga are six segments of stunningly beautiful trail offering hikers, backpackers, and trail runners a variety of self-guided experiences. We’ve broken up these sections into the following recommendations:

Who is Going to Love It

The Cumberland Trail is typical of most southeastern trails in the sense that rocks, roots, and leaves are constants. While some areas get technical and involve more elevation change, all of these sections are appropriate for careful beginners as well as advanced trail runners, hikers, and backpackers. T

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Directions, Parking, & Regulations

The Cumberland Trail can feel remote at times, and cell phone reception is spotty in some of the gorges. Fortunately, the trail is well-marked with white blazes every 50 yards or so.

After reading our recommendations, see for trail details and directions to each trailhead.

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Signal Point Park
Signal Mountain, TN, 37377
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