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Knoxville, TN: Brady Mountain

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Distance: 7.7 miles


Trace the spine of Brady Mountain on this 7.7-mile shuttle hike along the Cumberland Trail that rewards with unspoiled valley views and summertime berry stashes.
  • Fist Rock
  • Trail Kiosk
  • Climbing from Low Gap
  • Grassy Cove View
  • Rock Edifice
  • Moss Carpet
  • Brady Bluff Spur
  • Rift in the Rock
  • Piper Plane Fuselage
  • Overlook
  • Wet Weather Pond
  • Spur to Donnelly Overlook
  • Logging Road Crossing
  • Logging Site Intersection
  • Jewett Road Trailhead

Explore a section of the Cumberland Trail (a 300-mile route along the Cumberland Plateau in central Tennessee) on this 7.7-mile shuttle hike that traces the spine of Brady Mountain. The route features unspoiled valley views of the Grassy Cove valley and an undulating ridgeline climb. Drop a vehicle at the Jewett Trailhead, then shuttle back north to begin hiking at the TN 68 trailhead.

The trail immediately ascends a logging road on the approach to Low Gap, the first breather of the 4.5-mile, stair-step climb to the hike’s high point. Climbing on to Brady Bluff, the trail reaches several rocky overlooks (some accessed by spur trails) which offer views east over Grassy Cove, an enclosed valley designated as a National Natural Landmark for its distinct karst formations. Thin trees afford better views in the winter, but July hikers are treated to wild blueberries and blackberries growing along the trail. After topping out at Brady Mountain, the route descends along the ridge before dropping sharply to Key Reed Gap and the Jewett Trailhead.

Note: In the near future, the Cumberland Trail may be re-routed from Jewett Road through newly acquired land in the Head of Sequatchie farm.

-Mapped by Kelly Stewart, Nashville Hiking Meetup

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