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Cumberland Trail
Grassy Cove to Black Mountain

Black Mountain Trailhead
Latitude: 35 51.936'N
Longitude: 84 53.694'W

The Grassy Cove section of the Cumberland Trail is a 12.6 mile section between Black Mountain and

Camping is permitted only in the established campsite about .7 of a mile from the trailhead. Camping is free but registration is required for camping at the Black Mountain campsite. you can register to camp on-line.

Black Mountain Trailhead -  Take exit exit #329 off of I-40 Crab Orchard 10 miles east of Crossville Tennessee. Go south for 1.6 miles to Owl Roost Road, turn left. Continue up the mountain 2.5 miles to a parking area on the right at the base of large tower. 

The trail is located 50 yards south of the parking area near the covered spring house, a small rock building with a natural feed water supply. Walk through the parking lot past the orange barriers. Cross the road following the narrow, paved, cross road for about another 30 yards, you will see a sign.


The water at the springhouse is has always seemed to be a good water supply. I have been going here for 20 years and I don't remember it ever being dry, Of course it does need to be treated, filtered or boiled.

The trail stays along the top of the mountain for about .4 of a mile then heads down hill through a natural stone hallway (pictures above). Make your way through a garden of giant stones walking at the feet of giant  boulders. If your day hiking this section plan to spend a little time wandering around and on the boulders, they are incredible.

Related Links & Sources
Cumberland Trail Conference
Cumberland Trail Map
Black Mountain Article
Birds & Butterflies along the Cumberland Trail
Obed River section trip report

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