The Duskin Branch Trailhead is closed to parking. The Trailhead is on a private road used primarily by log trucks and hunting lease holders managed by the owner. The owners have not previously posted against use of the road, but a bridge was washed out in the recent rainstorms, and the road to Duskin Branch Trailhead is impassable.
Hikers should use the Newby Camp trailhead parking area. This will add almost 1 mile to the day hike along Duskin Creek and Piney Creek.
For driving directions to the Head of Sequatchie: Bing Maps
A temporary structure crossing Deep Creek is not open for public use. Do not cross the creek on this bridge. Water may be too high for a creek crossing, requiring hikers to backtrack. A permanent bridge is planned for construction at this site.
The Cumberland Trail celebrated National Trails Day by hosting a reunion of trail builders on June 2nd, 2012 at Cove Lake State Park. The all-day event brought together a host of volunteers, park staff and administration who have been involved in building The Cumberland Trail from its inception to the present day. The day’s activities included a guided group hike to The Devil’s Racetrack, good food, live music, and collection of historic documents and reminiscences from trail builders throughout our history.
Enjoy these event photos featuring trail builders past and present:
The Tennessee State Parks System has issued a temporary ban on backcountry campfires in all state parks, including all parts of The Cumberland Trail. The ban is effective June 29th, 2012 until further notice. Please see news.tn.gov for details.
Are you planning to stay the overnight at a campsite on the trail? If so, please use the new trailhead parking registration process on this site. By registering in advance, the CT park rangers will know that your car isn’t abandoned and that a hiking party is out on the trail. Simply go to this page (http://www.friendsofthecumberlandtrail.org/camping/) and submit your form and the CT staff will get your information.