As Tennessee’s first linear state park, The Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park provides sweeping vistas, enjoyable hikes and important wildlife habitat as it follows a line of pristine high ridges and deep gorges lying along Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau.
Creating a park that spans 11 Tennessee counties has been a tremendous collaborative effort from Tennessee State Parks, volunteers, supporters and multiple conservation partners and is one that continues to day. Once complete, the hiking trail will extend 282 miles from Cumberland Gap, on the Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky border to the Tennessee River gorge, near the Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia border.
Adding to the Cumberland Trail:
To date, The Land Trust for Tennessee has partnered with the State of Tennessee and private landowners to add approximately 4,000 acres, including 25 miles of trail corridor, to the Cumberland Trail Park.
Our successes include:
- Acquiring 1,050 acres along Soak Creek that connected Stinging Fork State Natural Area to Piney Falls State Natural Area in Bledsoe and Rhea Counties. This win created a 10 mile corridor for the Cumberland Trail.
- Acquiring 26-acres of property near the Graysville Mountain unit of the Cumberland Trail, which provides a critical link in the trail that was about to be developed. The facilitation of this trail corridor connected Black Mountain with Ozone Falls.
- Reaching a conservation agreement to protect land on the Graysville Mountain property, which enabled the acquisition of 3,200 acres for the Cumberland Trail in Rhea and Hamilton counties.
- Reaching a conservation agreement with the Town of Signal Mountain to protect Rainbow Lake in Hamilton County. This area connects to the southern terminus of the Cumberland Trail and provides visitors with sweeping views of the Tennessee River Gorge from the trail.
For more information on the Cumberland Trail State Park and Scenic Trial, visit www.tnstateparks.com