Cumberland Trail 50k



The course takes you on a challenging, out-and-back route along the rugged New River section of the Cumberland Trail.  It is a challenging course.  This section crosses the high point of the trail, Cross Mountain, at over 3000’.  Be prepared - the climb up Cross Mountain is steep and will be slow! 


The Race

This Year’s Race

   Date: October 12, 2013

    Time: 6:30 a.m.

    Place: Cove Lake State Park, TN

Benefits the Cumberland Trail

Who to Contact


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Area Information

Cove Lake State Park’s 673 acres nestle in a beautiful mountain valley on the eastern edge of the Cumberland Mountains. It offers scenic nature trails and bike trails through the open grasslands and woodlands, and boating and fishing are available.  In the winter, several hundred Canada Geese make this lakeshore their home.


The nearby 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 links north to south, forming natural connections and opportunities to see scenic vistas and curious geological formations.  The race course runs through an area recently repopulated with elk.  You may see evidence of the elk and if you’re lucky, you’ll spot one!


Proceeds benefit the Cumberland Trail Conference, a nonprofit organization that encourages development and land acquisition for the Cumberland Trail State Park.  So far, the race has donated $677.46 to the CTC.


When completed, the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park will be a linear park 300 miles long, through 11 Tennessee counties from the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park on the Tennessee-Virginia-Kentucky border, to Signal Point near Chattanooga. The Cumberland Trail is constructed largely by volunteers from many walks of life.  Please consider donating to the CTC to help the trail finish completion!