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    Default Cumberland Trail Info

    Hi! I am looking for good Cumberland Trail Maps as well as general info on the trail itself! (Thinking of a Thru-hike on the Cumberland in the next year or two!) THANKS, in advance!

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    I am also looking for the same info - no GUTHOOKS for this trail.
    Only info I can find is:

    https://www.cumberlandtrail.org/
    https://tnstateparks.com/parks/cumberland-trail
    https://rootsrated.com/stories/an-in...mberland-trail

    No really detailed maps or info about good camping, resupply eyc.

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    No really detailed maps or info about good camping, resupply eyc.


    yeah.....i dont think anyone has compiled that info on this trail....

    for some reason, i recall paper maps beiing sold at places in knoxville but i could be wrong on that...

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    interactive map with the info you seek including campsite signups.

    https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/v...3.7525,36.4734

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    Some additional links:

    http://www.friendsofthecumberlandtrail.org/
    http://www.cumberlandtrail.guide/

    The first link of Mogster's reply (https://www.cumberlandtrail.org/) has a nice breakdown by section - landmarks to the tenth of a mile, simplified/stylized maps that are easy to read, details on camping, water supply, trailhead parking, etc. One can definitely find more detailed maps (e.g., USGS topo maps, higher resolution, etc), and in some poorly marked/poorly maintained sections, that may be the only means to find your way. Most sections get (just) enough traffic and have just enough blazing that it's not an issue and the stylized maps suffice. But there are exceptions, such as (IMO) the 14.2 mile Obed Wild & Scenic River section.

    You mentioned thru-hiking. It bears noting that the Cumberland Trail is incomplete & discontinuous in spots, so some road walks will be required.

    The Cumberland Trail is part of a larger trail system known as the Great Eastern Trail. "Someday Jo" and "Hillbilly Bart" completed a Great Eastern Trail thruhike several years ago, and documented their travels - including the CT - on their website, which is still up:

    http://www.gethiking.net/

    You may find it particularly helpful.

    I believe there was a hiker here on WB who did a solo thruhike of it a few years back, I believe part of a GET effort as well. A forum search may help you find them if you wish to send a PM and request info. And one of the CT websites has a list of CT thru hikers on it. I believe you not only have to certify and document your hike dates and trail conditions, but put in 10 hrs of volunteer time to be so recognized with the online list.

    https://www.cumberlandtrail.org/get-...0-miler-award/

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    Not only is the CT incomplete, but maintenance is nonexistent and some parts are so overgrown as to be impossible to navigate and should be closed. Itís an extremely frustrating trail to hike. It passes through different land management areas with differing rules. You also have to work around hunting schedules...some parts are closed altogether during certain times and you have to research each section individually. Sorry to be Debbie Downer.

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    The CT website is not kept updated and I have found inconsistencies with the section information.

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    +1 on TJ's post. The State's glossy tourist info brochures leave a few things out.
    Sleep on the ground, rise with the sun and hike with the wind....

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    +2 on TJ's post. I've been incorrectly off trail more on the CT than anywhere else on thousands of miles of blazed trails. Some sections, I spent more time trying to find my way back to the marked trail than I spent actually on it. Allow a lot of extra time in addition to what you expect it to take.

    Whoever marked and maintains these trails has never hiked with leaves down or hiked at night. Beware, if you hike much of this system, you will end up hiking at night trying to find your way.

    John

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    TJ, Cleaner, and John - I hope you all have expressed to the CT offices your concerns about the trail. IDK if they monitor these forums to see the kind of lousy reputation they are getting, but somehow they need to know that their stated goals for the trail aren't being met. New trail is being built, efforts at acquiring easements and right of way are still going on ... newly-built trail is indeed nice, but old trail is neglected. That, when added to other shortcomings (trailhead access and parking, camping prohibitions, un-filterable water, traversing hunting areas) - make it unappealing for many. I suppose some wanting a great challenge will find it a true wilderness experience.

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