Hell's Kitchen & Dogwood Stewardship Plans

Now that the Hell’s Kitchen and Dogwood Access properties are secure, Access Fund, SCC, and Cumberland Trail State Park are working together to establish sustainable access trails and infrastructure.

Please do not visit these properties until trails and other improvements are completed. Folks can enjoy special access by joining SCC and Access Fund for our volunteer stewardship and trail days at these areas. Stay tuned! Otherwise, follow all state park rules, practice low impact climbing, and respect all adjacent private property. Clean-ups, trail work, and other improvements will get underway this spring and continue through the summer. Stay tuned for a regular series of Adopt a Crag trail days, led by SCC. The areas should be ready for public use by fall of 2018.

Hell’s Kitchen

Once updates are complete, Hell’s Kitchen will be accessed from the Cumberland Trail parking and and trailhead at Roaring Creek in Graysville. A spur trail will leave the existing Cumberland Trail and switchback past scenic overlooks to eventually gain the bouldering area. From the Roaring Creek trailhead, total approach distance will be approximately 1.6 miles. The approach and terrain is very similar to the popular bouldering and climbing at Laurel-Snow, just outside Dayton. SCC is leading the trail building work for this new spur trail, and will need volunteers for a number of upcoming trail days. SCC is currently working the state to approve and lay out this trail.

Dogwood Boulders

The Dogwood Access property will require clean-ups, road improvements, a parking area, and a short access trail before being opened to the public. Once complete, this area will be accessible directly off Bluff View Road. The short entrance road will lead past a storage barn to a parking area and trailhead. A quarter-mile trail will lead climbers and hikers through a stone arch and boulders before connecting with the Cumberland Trail at Gilbreath Creek.