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Cumberland Trail (1 of 3) Signal Point to North Suck Creek

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Chattanooga, TN
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Feb 24 2019  7:00 am >> Sun, Feb 24 2019 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Feb 19 2019 7:30 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Feb 23 2019 9:59 pm
Event Duration:10 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:13 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Ron Jacobs
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
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CT 1 of 3 Signal Point to North Suck Creek

Join me as I explore the southern Cumberland Trail in a 3 hike series.

The Cumberland Trail is an ambitious hiking trail project currently under development. When completed, the CT will extend more than 300 miles from the Cumberland Gap in Kentucky to Signal Point, just outside of Chattanooga.  Currently over 200 miles are open with the trail slated for completion in late 2019.  Additionally, the CT is part of the Great Eastern Trail, which is under development and will extend from Alabama to New York when completed.

  1. Signal Point to North Suck Creek (2/24/2019)
  2. North Chickamauga Creek (sometime soon)
  3. Possum Creek  (sometime later)


Section 1: Signal Point to North Suck Creek

This section is filled with gorges, vistas, steep bluffs, waterfalls, rock formations, arches and awesome suspension bridges including a 225-foot bridge over North Suck Creek.

If you are looking for a hike on an iconic trail with tons of cool stuff to see, this is your hike! We will be stopping at all points of interest for picture taking and high hilarity. This is an out and back hike with too many points of interest to list, trust me it will be AWESOME!

We will be starting at Signal Point which is the southern terminus of the CT.  The trail starts with a moderate descent, followed by rolling hills. We descend into North Suck Creek gorge to access the long bridge and stop for lunch.  We will follow the trail back to our cars with our hardest ascent right after lunch.

This is a 12 mile hike with 2600 feet of ascent, there are multiple trail intersections, so it is imperative that the group stay together. 

You must have recent D5 experience and be comfortable with a pace on the fast side of moderate.

There are bathrooms at the trail head.

Required Items to Bring:


Rain gear



Pants, socks

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking Poles

Water shoes

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

The trail head is located at 100 Signal Point Rd, Signal Mountain, TN

From the Park and Ride, head north on US 75, Merge onto US 24 West, keep right at the fork for US-27 North, Merge onto US-127 N to the trail head at Signal Point Park

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):200Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $80.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.

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