Middlesboro, KY 40965
The Cumberland Trail (CT) is an ambitious hiking trail project! Designated the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park — it is Tennessee's first linear state park. This work-in-progress trail is being constructed largely by volunteers and is organized and managed by the Cumberland Trail Conference. Currently 126 miles of the linear trail have been constructed, add to that another 50 miles of connector trails and the complete system boasts around 176 miles. The trail miles are divided into 14 different sections. When completed, the CT will extend 300 miles from its northern terminus in Kentucky's Cumberland Gap National Park to its southern terminus at Chattanooga's Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park on Signal Mountain. This scenic footpath follows a line of high ridges and deep gorges that lie along or near the rugged eastern escarpment of the Cumberland Plateau. The many scenic views, waterfalls, landscapes, gorges, and wide variety of wildlife and flora make this corridor a unique wilderness adventure. The remote, backcountry trail will meander through eleven Tennessee counties primarily on public lands managed by TDEC, TWRA, and the State Forestry. The trail will pass through two national parks and a national scenic river area and expose hikers to some of the wildest, most remote, and least visited terrain in Tennessee. The following sections, east to west, fall within the OutdoorKnoxville regional perimeters.