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Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail

April 26 - May 2

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The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail (CTSST) is a backcountry hiking trail that extends from a northern terminus at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park across eleven Tennessee counties along the Cumberland Plateau, to a southern terminus at Signal Point, part of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in Signal Mountain, Tennessee. Of 322+ planned miles of trail, over 215 miles are currently open for public use. When complete, the trail will connect three national Parks, three Tennessee State Parks, five State Natural Areas, multiple Wildlife and Resource Management areas, and a Tennessee State Forest. The Cumberland Trail will be Tennessee’s contribution to the Great Eastern Trail, which will cross nine states and 1,800 miles, extending from Alabama to New York. The Cumberland Trail is a work in progress. There are various projects the AHS Team will be involved with. Projects such as trail construction and maintenance, bridge construction support, trail head construction and development. The specific project(s) will be chosen before the AHS arrival which will be determined by the work completed in the fall and winter.


Tennessee State Parks




Day hiking up to 3 miles each work day

Project Rating


Minimum Volunteer Age


Maximum Group Size


Area and Attractions

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail rides the eastern escarpment of the Cumberland Plateau looking into the Tennessee Valley and farther over to the Appalachian Mountains. The Head of Sequatchie is an idyllic, remote historic valley setting, full of wildflowers, birds, insects and water features. Volunteers will be treated to a one-of-a-kind guided hike experience which will feature one of the Cumberland Trail's most spectacular views, the overlook at Black Mountain. During free time, volunteers can explore surrounding state parks or visit Knoxville or Chattanooga! This is a rare opportunity to fully enjoy one of the hidden treasures of the Cumberland Trail.

Accommodations Description

Volunteers will lodge in a large dormitory house on park premises with a full kitchen, bathrooms, and large common area. The park will provide cots and cooking equipment for volunteer use. Volunteers should bring their own sleeping bags and personal gear. Alternatively, volunteers are welcome to camp during some or all of their stay, if desired.


Airport Pickup Provided from Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. Airport pickup and dropoff times will be sent to registrants when the trip is confirmed.


Cumberland Trails State Scenic Trail
267 Glyph Parkway, Pikeville, Tennessee 37367 United States

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