The Tennessee River Gorge Segment consists of four trail sections: Signal & Edwards Points, Poplar Spring, Mullens Cove Loop, and Pot Point Loop.
Click on the links below to get detailed trail descriptions.
Topographic trail maps created with National Geographic TOPO! 2008 found at National Geographic Topo Explorer.
|Location||Waypoint in WGS84 Format|
|Tower Drive Trailhead||N35 07.966 W85 25.165|
|Indian Rock House||N35 07.662 W85 25.127|
|Lawson Rock Overlook||N35 08.244 W85 23.426|
|Popular Spring Campsite||N35 08.264 W85 23.574|
|Signal Point Trailhead||N35 07.224 W85 21.996|
|Mushroom Rock||N35 09.656 W85 23.222|
|Snoopers Rock||N35 06.110 W85 25.450|
|Natural Bridge||N35 05.219 W85 24.784|
|Raccoon Mtn Overlook||N35 04.353 W85 24.838|
|Hemlock Branch Campsite||N35 06.087 W85 26.298|
|Mullens Cove Overlook||N35 06.106 W85 26.624|
|McNabb Gulf Campsite||N35 04.445 W85 26.218|
|Ransom Hollow Overlook||N35 05.120 W85 26.694|
Prentice Cooper Wildlife Management Area will be closed for managed hunts and the section of the Cumberland Trail in this area cannot be accessed by hikers on numerous dates during fall and spring.
Visit TWRA website and scroll down to Region III # 327 – Prentice Cooper State Forest for up-to-date information on big game and turkey hunts before planning your fall and spring hikes. Or check with the Tennessee Division of Forestry/Prentice Cooper State Forest website for closure dates.
We share public lands with other outdoor enthusiasts. Much of the funding to manage these lands comes from the sales of hunting and fishing licenses and the taxes on hunting and fishing equipment. TWRA lands are entirely purchased and managed by license fees and taxes on hunting and fishing equipment. Much of the Cumberland Trail is located on TWRA lands and we consider our partnership essential to building this protected greenway that will act as a buffer to protect water quality and provide natural habitat for animals. Hikers and hunters share interests in the environment and conservation and a love of wildlife, of being outdoors. TWRA and Tennessee licensed hunters are among the biggest supporters of the Cumberland Trail. With the exception of a few managed hunt dates, licensed Tennessee hunters generously share access to TWRA lands with hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. For this reason, many hikers purchase annual licenses to support the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency.
Hunters take pride in their record of keeping hunting safe while sharing the public lands and are very careful to look past their target before shooting. Hunter orange makes you much more visible to hunters and increases their confidence that they are aware of the location of any hikers or other hunters before firing. For this reason, hunters are very uncomfortable when hikers not wearing blaze orange enter big game hunt areas. Most hunters feel that not wearing hunter orange is discourteous and disrespectful. As a courtesy to hunters, we STRONGLY recommend that hikers wear hunter orange during the fall and spring in ALL Wildlife Management Areas.
So many more people are discovering the Cumberland Trail, especially in Prentice Cooper State Forest. In order to help large organized groups of Prentice Cooper visitors to experience the State Forest at its best, Jim Lane would like to help large groups coordinate their visits and be aware of other groups scheduling visits at the same time. You may desire to alter your plans if you are aware of other large groups’ plans. Just a few friends getting together for an outing need not contact Jim. But if your group is more than five or six, drop Jim a note or give him a call.
Jim Lane asked us to post the following:
If your organization is planning an event or outing on Prentice Cooper State Forest, we would like to hear from you. There are many different activities that take place on the forest. We would like to be aware of them. When you are planning an event, drop us a note. We would like to know what the activity is, where it will be held, when you plan to have it, and about how many people you expect. We can help spread the word and make sure there aren’t any conflicts with any other planned events. If you are planning a large event with twenty or more people, we will issue you a permit. Come use the forest, it is a great place.
State Forest Supervisor
Tennessee Division of Forestry
P.O. Box 160
Hixson, TN 37343