On June 22, 1998, TN State Parks announced the creation of
the Cumberland Trail State Park, Tennessee's 53rd State Park
and the only state park of its kind. In September 2002, the
park was renamed the park Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail
State Park in recognition of Wilson's dedication and leadership
in catalyzing efforts to build the trail.
Past, Present, Future
Over the next eight to 10 years, the state will work in partnership
with the Cumberland
Trail Conference (the CTC) an associate organization of
the Tennessee Trails Association, and other volunteers to solicit
public and private support for acquisiton of additional land
along the trail. The CTC is building the Cumberland Trail at
the ground level.
Upon completion, the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State
Park -- the state's only linear park -- will be 300 miles, cutting
through 11 Tennessee counties from the Cumberland Gap National
Historic Park on the Tennessee-Virginia-Kentucky border, to
the Signal Point near Chattanooga.
One hundred fifty miles of the Cumberland Trail are open and
ready for exploration. This includes the Cumberland Mountain
Segments above LaFollette and Jacksboro and in the Cumberland
Gap National Military Park, the Grassy Cove Segment on Black
and Brady Mountain in Cumberland County, the Tennessee River
Gorge Segment in Prentice Cooper State Forest, and the Obed
Wild and Scenic River Segment in the Obed River Gorge and Catoosa
The Cumberland Trail wanders among the remnants of the Cumberland
Mountains that once rose as high as the Rockies. The trail represented
a barrier to all who dared push through storied gaps westward
onto and over the Cumberland plateau. It now provides a linkage
north to south, forming natural connections and opportunities
for scenic vistas and curious geological formations.
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