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Cumberland Trail - New River Segment

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The 39.8 mile New River Segment enables hikers to visit some of the wildest, most remote, and least-visited terrain in Tennessee. The Arch Mountain Section begins at the northeast corner of Frozen Head State Park, proceeds northward crossing the shoulder of Arch Mountain, then descends the Straight Fork watershed to reach its northern terminus near the confluence of Cave Branch and Smoky Creek. The Lawson Mountain Section ascends the Cave Branch watershed and climbs a ridge to its headwaters, descends into the valley of Bowling Branch, ascends Lawson Mountain with its outstanding views, and finally descends the Lick Creek watershed to the New River. The Anderson and Cross Mountains Section ascends from the river to two beautiful meadows atop Anderson Mountain, descends to Green’s Branch and the Montgomery Fork, then climbs to the highest elevation on the Cumberland Trail atop Cross Mountain before descending to the Bruce Gap Trailhead at Cove Lake State Park and the end of the segment.

Anderson and Cross Mountains Section from Norma Road to Bruce Gap Trailhead
Distance: 17.0 miles one-way
Difficulty: Strenuous, for distance and ascent/descent rates
Elevation change: 2,020 feet
Cautions: Unmaintained sections hard to follow with summer growth; watch signs closely

Arch Mountain Section from The Garden Spot to Smoky Creek Road
Distance: 13.0 miles one-way
Difficulty: Strenuous
Elevation Change: 2,373 feet
Camping: No designated backcountry campsites
Cautions: Hunting in season; check with TWRA on dates and wear blaze orange

Lawson Mountain Section from Smoky Creek Road to Norma Road
Distance: 9.8 miles one-way
Difficulty: Strenuous
Elevation Change: 1,350 feet
Cautions: Frequent elevation gains and losses; several creek crossings could be difficult in high water

For details and maps visit http://www.cumberlandtrail.org/maps-and-guides/trail-segments/new-river/