Trail Information & Recreation

What can you do on the Cumberland Trail?

While the Cumberland Trail is a foot-traffic only State Scenic trail (no mountain bikes or motorized vehicles), dogs are allowed on a leash and we have other opportunities such as fishing, rock climbing, watersports, and beautiful sight seeing.

With 300+ miles of corridor and a limited staff, it takes all of us to make the Cumberland Trail possible. That’s why we need you as a Friends of the CT member today!

Please enjoy the Cumberland Trail but please read instructions from CT staff for enjoying our Cumberland Trail safely!

Trail Alerts

Click the Learn More button to see which areas of the Cumberland Trail are currently under alert.


The Cumberland Trail includes a growing 210-mile network of access trails and side trails, connecting hikers with scenic and historic features along the main trail route. Day hiking and overnight camping are most popular at Laurel-Snow State Natural Area, North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area, the “Three Gorges” segment, and Black Mountain.


Camping is approved at many locations throughout the park but a permit is required for camping and for parking.  Please click on the link on the left to learn more and make your reservation.


Cumberland Trail State Park offers climbing at Black Mountain, Deep Creek and Laurel Snow.

Please read all the information prior to your visit.

Kayak &

Paddleboards, canoes, and kayaks are popular recreational activities in our Gorges Section, such as at North Chickamauga State Natural Area.  Please click Learn More for safety information.

Please exercise extreme caution and never attempt high water.


Trail Running

Some people would rather run than walk.  Guess they are in a hurry.  It’s a good way to get in shape. 

Feel free to run on any of our trails but please be careful.