Photo: The view from Guinea Hill Knob in the Cumberland Mountains — the highest point in Scott County (Ben Garrett)
Whether you’re on an all-terrain vehicle or on foot; seeking solitude or in search for some of the region’s richly diverse wildlife, the Cumberland Mountains await exploration.
The North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area (145,000 acres) and Brimstone (20,000 acres) offer plenty of places to roam in the hills. ATV riding, hunting and wildlife viewing are popular activities here.
The Cumberland Mountain range stretches 131 miles from West Virginia to Tennessee. At one point, the mountain range forms the boundary between Virginia and Kentucky. In Tennessee, Scott, Anderson and Morgan counties all meet at Guinea Hill Knob — the highest point in Scott County.
Named for Prince William, Duke of Cumberland, the Cumberland Mountains are the western fringe of the Appalachians.
Visitors to Scott County will experience the Cumberland Mountains from afar as they make the scenic trek along S.R. 63 (Baker Highway) from Interstate 75 to Huntsville. Covering a large part of eastern Scott County, the Cumberland Mountains are largely uninhabited by man…but plenty of wildlife roam the rugged terrain. The North Cumberland WMA is home to one of the largest free-roaming elk herds east of the Mississippi River. Whitetail deer, eastern wild turkey, wild boar and an occasional black bear are the other big game species found in the Cumberland Mountains. Bird watchers recognize the Cumberland Mountains as having the largest breeding density in the entire range of the Cerulean warbler. Golden-winged warblers are plentiful in the area, as well as several other warbler species.