Volunteer Work Days on the Cumberland Trail in Campbell County!

Help build the Cumberland Trail in Campbell County! With advance notice, volunteers (ages 18 and older), are welcome to join the Cumberland Trail work crew through the end of the year to help build trail in LaFollette, Tennessee.

***Please RSVP with your date in advance by contacting the Cumberland Trail office by phone or email so we can plan appropriately for the day.***

Volunteers will meet at the Cumberland Trail park office at 9:00am for an orientation/safety meeting. We will drive to the trailhead, hike to the worksite and return to the park office by 4:30pm.

You will need lunch, water and extra water, since this is manual work and you will be out most of the day. You will also need to wear long pants, long sleeves, work gloves, dress in layers, bring a rain jacket and wear closed-toe shoes (no sandals). The park will supply all tools including gloves, if needed.

Directions: From Knoxville take I-75 north to Exit#134. Turn right on 25W and past red light. Drive 0.7 miles to first left located just past the Cove Lake State Park Office. Take Park Road and drive 0.2 miles. Cumberland Trail Office is house on the right.

Mark Stanfill
State Parks Trails Administrator
Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail
Office (423) 566-2229
Cell (615) 574-5176
mark.stanfill@tn.gov

Celebrate the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail Oct. 19 at Hiketoberfest!

Event Celebrates Natural, Historical and Cultural Features of the Cumberland Trail

Celebrate the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Shackleford Ridge Park in Signal Mountain. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Friends of the Cumberland Trail, which supports the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail and Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park.

The event will feature guided hikes, educational programming, heritage music and food. Attendees can learn about plateau wildlife, including birds of prey, mammals, snakes, native wildflowers, medicinal plants and cultural conservation.

Musicians of all skill levels are invited to bring instruments to the Cumberland Trail jam tent hosted by Randy Steele, Matt Evans and Bob Townsend. Fall Creek Falls State Park will be on hand to offer a ragdoll kids craft program. Tims Ford State Park will offer a Native American atlatl demonstration and presentation on pelts and skulls.

A $10 per person/$25 per family donation is suggested.

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail is a backcountry hiking trail. It will extend, when complete, from a northern terminus at Cumberland Gap National Historic Park through 11 Tennessee counties and over more than 300 miles of scenic and historic terrain along the Cumberland Plateau before reaching its southern terminus at Signal Point in Signal Mountain. The Cumberland Trail connects 330,000 acres of some of the most biologically-rich, bio diverse and spectacular lands under public stewardship, including five state natural areas.

The Friends of the Cumberland Trail work to preserve and protect the environmental, cultural and historical resources of the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail corridor, to provide related educational opportunities and to support park needs.

We hope you’ll join us for this year’s Hiketoberfest event at Shackleford Ridge Park– it’s sure to be a fun-filled day for all the family.

Schedule of Events:

9am – Nature Hike with Herbalist Holli Richey

10am – Wildlife Show with Taylor Berry of Reflection Riding Nature Center
and Arboretum

11am – Birding Hike with Michael Hodge of Frozen Head State Park

11am – Ragdoll Kids Crafts with Cara Alexander of Fall Creek Falls State
Park

12pm – Learn about Sandrock Recordings and The Trailhead Nursery and Cumberland Seeds projects.

1pm – Kid Song Jam with Randy Steele

2pm – Hike to Mushroom Rock with Brandy Selman of the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail

2pm until 4pm – Old-Time Jam Tent with Matt Evans and Bob Townsend.

3pm – Native American Atlatl Demonstration with Pelts and Skulls –
Philip Hylen of Tims Ford State Park

4pm – Closing of Event

 

Hiketoberfest Event Poster 2014

Friends of the Cumberland Trail Host 2nd Annual Ride for the Cumberland Trail Benefit: Riders Enjoy the Natural, Cultural and Geologic History of Cumberland Plateau Sites

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT:
Jeanie Hilten
865-250-3268
millerscove@goldsword.com

Crossville, Tenn. – On Saturday, August 16th, motorcyclists from across Tennessee and Kentucky participated in a unique motorcycle tour and rally across the Cumberland Plateau in support of the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail. Thirty-one riders began the day with at the Cumberland Homesteads Tower Museum in Crossville, Tennessee, and continued on through the Sequatchie Valley with stops at the Head of Sequatchie and Grassy Cove.
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Decking on the Bridge at Deep Creek has been completed!

Thanks go out to everyone involved in the construction of the Deep Creek Bridge, which is being completed with the support of Triple Crown, the Southeastern Climbers Coalition, Friends of the Cumberland Trail, CT maintenance staff, construction crew & rangers and fantastic volunteer support every step of the way:

Decking is finished, and all that remains are steps on the far side and additional rail supports.

2nd Annual Ride for the Cumberland Trail – Details Confirmed!

The 2nd Annual Ride for the Cumberland Trail has been set for Saturday, August 16th.  Check-in will be held at two locations to accommodate riders in both the East and Middle Tennessee areas.

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Volunteer Days with the AmeriCorps NCCC Delta 4 Team in Campbell County

Help extend the Cumberland Trail towards Cumberland Gap! Each Tuesday in June, volunteers are welcome to build trail side-by-side with the visiting AmeriCorps Delta 4 team. 

Volunteers will need to bring plenty of water, a packed lunch, insect repellant, sunscreen, gloves and appropriate footwear. All tools and instruction will be provided. 

Registration and logistical details are available by contacting the Cove Creek Office at 423-566-2229 or by emailing Marcianne.ODay@tn.gov
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Groups are welcome and appreciated.

June Volunteer Days at North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area

Help maintain & restore North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area!

Throughout the month of June, North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area will be closed to the public for much-needed rehabilitation & restoration work. Volunteer days to support the rehabilitation effort will be held on June 6th, 9th, 14th, 17th, 21st, 25th, and 28th.

Volunteers can sign up to help remove litter from Chickamauga Creek and surrounding rocks and lands, develop new trails as access points to the creek banks, or close current rogue trails so that the natural area grounds can be improved. Continue reading

North Chickamauga Creek Gorge SNA Closed in June

Tennessee State Parks Announces Temporary Natural Area Closure

Portion of the North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area will close during July and reopen on July 1

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Tennessee State Parks would like to inform the general public that the North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area, which is a portion of the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park, will be closed for the month of June, and will reopen on July 1.
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Help Repair North Suck Creek Bridge!

Come on out and lend a hand to help repair the North Suck Creek suspension bridge! We’ll be meeting at Shackleford Ridge Park, shelter parking area at 9am on Thursday, May 29th. We’ll have two main objectives for the day:

  1. Haul 30 12-ft boards and other supplies 1/3 mile from the parking lot to North Suck Creek.
  2. Remove and replace decking on the bridge.

Two volunteers experienced with basic measurements and cuts will be a big help, other volunteers can help move materials onto the bridge. Plan to stay for two hours if you’re hauling materials, or up to six if you’d like to help complete the decking. If you will be helping to transport boards, please bring a cushion for your shoulder.
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Reminder: Cave Closures on State Lands

Due to the occurrence of bats with white nose syndrome (WNS) in Tennessee, caves on state-owned lands are closed to the public until further notice.