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Cumberland Mountain State Park Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 5.0 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A very nice, well-maintained trail system.


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8.1

Miles

13.0

KM

Loop

1,990' 606 m

High

1,741' 531 m

Low

630' 192 m

Up

630' 192 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

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Overview

This hike uses a combination of trails and paths at Cumberland Mountain State Park.

Need to Know

They have great camping in the park.

Description

This route starts at the welcome center and finishes at the waterfall bridge (almost a complete loop). The hike starts and finishes on the back of the Byrd Creek.

From the welcome center, start on the yellow path heading north along the Byrd Creek Trail. After about 1 mile, you can turn left to stay on the yellow-blazed trail and back to the start or keep to the right to add ~5.5 miles on the blue-blazed Overnight Trail.

After the 5.5 miles of technical obstacles of rocks, roots, bridges, climbing over fallen trees, and crossing streams, you'll link back up with the Byrd Creek Trail for about a mile. The Byrd Creek Trail will finish with a choice of taking one of the legs of the red-blazed Cumberland Plateau Trail to the mill house for an awesome view of the bridge and spillway.

A PDF of the map is available at here.

History & Background

The construction was started in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. WWII Hero Sgt. Alvin York was the project superintendent.

Contacts

Shared By:

Eric Ward

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Suspension Bridge crossing creek
May 2, 2018 near Crossville, TN
rock hopping to cross the creek
May 2, 2018 near Crossville, TN
Mill House Lodge
May 2, 2018 near Crossville, TN
Byrd Creek and the trail on the right
May 2, 2018 near Crossville, TN
View of Byrd Creek and returning trail on the other bank.
May 2, 2018 near Crossville, TN
Bridge water fall
May 2, 2018 near Crossville, TN

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Mar 20, 2019
Mike Lancaster
8.1mi — 4h 29m
Jan 5, 2019
Brenda Navarro
Completed the Byrd Creek Trail and the Pioneer Trail (in a figure 8). Pioneer Trail was gorgeous. Byrd Creek wasn’t as exciting but a nice workout. 13.5mi