Now Offering Guided Outdoor Hikes
The Apple Brandy Trail opens across Cardwell Mountain
Cumberland Caverns is known as the place “where adventures run deep,” but beginning May 5 guests will also be taken to great heights when the Apple Brandy Trail opens to the public. The all-new guided outdoor hike will take explorers ages 10 and up on a 2.5-mile moderate intensity trek across Cardwell Mountain. During this hiking excursion, groups will be immersed in nature and entertained and delighted by the history, legends, and secrets of the area.
“People visit Cumberland Caverns from all over the world and are fascinated by the stories and natural beauty of our location. We have been looking at ways to utilize more of our property to offer guests a broader experience and more reasons to stay and play in Warren County. Cardwell Mountain has been such an important part of this community, we knew we had to honor the land by telling her story to the world.” -Robby Black, General Manager
Most people know Warren County as the Nursery Capital of the World, but few know that the local economy staple took root on this very mountain with the thriving peach and apple orchards that grew here. Farmers, looking for a way to utilize and preserve their fruit crops, began what would become a very prosperous endeavor for many years to come making brandy. Therefore, the Apple Brandy Trail got its name from the apple and peach brandy trade in the 1800’s.
On this incredible journey, groups will learn about various other caves located on the property, Native American folklore, area wildlife and foliage, as well as various other facts and oddities of the mountain and its settlers.
“Some of the most intriguing aspects about this hike for me are the legends, stories, and artifacts left behind by the Native Americans who centuries ago called these woods home. And of course, the link we have to the Trail of Tears is both fascinating and heartbreaking. We know of at least one Indian Marker Tree located on our property which is a very exciting discovery.” Kelly Roberts, Marketing Director
Apple Brandy Trail hikes are currently being offered by reservation only. Later in the year, Cumberland Caverns will open another portion of land for guided nature hikes for school children and groups of all ages.
“We are hoping the addition of these trails and nature walks will encourage families to get out in nature and spend quality time connecting with one another by discovering and learning together. Quality time strengthens bonds and not only that but also provides numerous benefits to our health as well.” Kelly Roberts, Marketing Director