Saturday, August 12th
8:00 AM CT/9:00 AM ETLaurel-Snow State Natural Area
1099 Pockett Wilderness Rd
Dayton, TN 37321If you'd like to get involved as a maintainer on the Cumberland Trail, this training will get you off to a good start. Rangers will conduct both class...read more
Monday, August 21st
10:00 AM CT/11:00 AM ETHead of Sequatchie
225 Tranquility Ln
Pikeville, TN 37367Join the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail and the Friends of the Cumberland Trail for an exclusive viewing of the solar eclipse! The Head of Sequat...read more
Laurel-Snow State Natural Area will be closed Monday June 12 through Thursday June 15 while TDOT works on paving the road. We appreciate your continued patience while we make improvements to the park.
This week we’ll be coming live from WDVX studios in Clinton, Tennessee to bring you selections from the Sharp family of Fentress County. Documentarian & photographer Rachel Boillot will join us to chat a bit about Evelene Sharp & we’ll play some of Evelene’s home recordings.
The Sharp family music traditions are the subject of a two-volume compilation released by Sandrock Recordings called Sharp’s Hornpipe. You can purchase both volumes on CDBaby.com:
Volume 2: The Sharp Family Recordings
To listen in, turn your dial to 89.9fm in the greater Knoxville area or visit https://wdvx.com/listen-live/ to listen online.
The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail will conduct a series of public meetings to share the history of the trail project and present information about upcoming trail construction. Please join us to learn, share, and comment. The Cumberland Trail offers public services and opportunities for citizen to enhance their quality of life. It is imperative that the citizens take part in these meetings to fulfill the intent of the Tennessee State Scenic Trails program.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017
Monday, May 15, 2017
The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail will conduct public meetings on:
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Spring City Public Library Annex
169 West Rhea Ave. Spring City, TN
Friday, May 12, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Central Time
Homestead Harvest Restaurant Cumberland Mountain State Park
Conference Room A
24 Office Dr. Crossville, TN
Monday, May 15, 2017
1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Rhea County Welcome Center
107 Main St. Dayton, TN
The meetings will discuss the State Park’s intent to submit an application for to the State of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for a Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant (LWCF) and to solicit input from the citizens regarding recreational needs within the State Park, State Natural Areas, and State Scenic Trail.
The public is urged to attend. Tennessee State Parks does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap or national origin. The meeting place is handicap accessible. Any person needing special accommodations should contact Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail (423) 566-2229 prior to each of the above stated time.
We’d like to thank Oak Ridge Troop 328 Scout Curtis Robertson for his Eagle Project, installing CT Privy One at the Head of Sequatchie! Curtis brought a crew to perform the work on Saturday, April 29th, and finished just in time to make it to prom!
Thank you Curtis & crew for helping us out with this important milestone!
Q:How many tickets are available? CAn YOu HOld tickets? Will you have enough for my family/friends? CAn We Buy Tickets on the Day of the Event?
Because of limited parking space, and because we want to keep our programs a reasonable size for our space, only offered 200 paid admissions.
We’ve started a waiting list here. Our parking and event space has been re-evalutated and we’ve determined that we’ll be able to expand our event size. As more tickets are made available, we’ll contact folks from the waiting list, and they’ll be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Q: How Will I Know if My tickets Are REserved?
After you complete your PayPal donation, you should be returned to a “Thank You” page on our website. You’ll also receive a confirmation email from PayPal and an email from us. If you haven’t received any of those notifications, get in touch with Marcianne O’Day at the park office (423-566-229) and she will be able to confirm if your tickets are reserved.
Q: How Will I receive My Ticket(s)?
We’re using the term “ticket” loosely. We’ll have staff at the gate checking folks in as they enter the event using a list of those who have paid admission. Closer to the date, we’ll be sending out an email with more instructions and you can print that and bring it as confirmation. If you’re on the list, you’ll be able to enter and if you’d made your admission donation, you’re on the list.
Q: Where is the Head of Sequatchie?
The Head of Sequatchie is located about 25 minutes from Crossville, Tennessee in Cumberland County. Cell service is a bit spotty, so make sure to have a look at a map & driving directions in advance. It’s not hard to find, once you’ve been there, but first-timers who rely on cellphone navigation sometimes get turned around. You can find navigation help here: driving directions, google maps, open street maps.
Q: Is the event pet-friendly?
We love your pets! Please follow normal park rules– leash your pet & be sure to clean up after them.
Q: Is the event KID-friendly?
The entire event is family-friendly and kids under the age of 12 are free with ticketed adult supervision. However, unless specified as a kids program (creek walk, scavenger hunt, kids crafts) our educational programs are designed to appeal to a general audience. Children will be welcome to all the programs, but should be accompanied by an adult who can gauge their interest level and attention span, and help them enjoy the program appropriately.
Q: Can I bring outside food & drinks?
We’ll have food and drink available for sale during the event with proceeds benefiting the trail, but if you have special dietary needs, you’re welcome to bring your own meal & snacks.
Q: What should I bring?
Bring a lawn or camp chair or a picnic blanket, sunscreen, bug spray & a water bottle. We’re expecting it to be hot & humid and we want to make sure everyone is well-hydrated. If you’ll be going on the hikes, bring some supportive closed-toe shoes as well.
Q: What programs will be offered?
We’re still working out our schedule for the day, but we’ve confirmed that we’ll have live music, ranger-led hikes and a creek program, a photo booth, an introduction to orienteering, native plants, a geology talk, archeology & prehistory, primitive weaponry, Tennessee history, trailbuilding demonstration, scavenger hunt, photography, kids crafts & more to be announced.
Q: What If it’s cloudy? Rainy?
Sadly, we can’t control the weather, but hopefully it will be good!
Even if we can’t view it directly, we’ll be able to observe changes in the natural environment that occur during the eclipse. And, all our programs throughout the day will continue as planned.
In the event of rain, we’ll make some modifications and carry on as best we can. If conditions are unsafe, our safety & security officer will make a call and we’ll cancel.
We’ve sold all the tickets that were initially available, but we’ve re-evaluated our parking and event space and will be making a limited number of additional tickets available soon. If you’d like to reserve tickets, get on our waiting list below.
Join the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail and the Friends of the Cumberland Trail for an exclusive viewing of the solar eclipse! The Head of Sequatchie is in the path of totality!
Partial phase starts at 12:02 pm (CDT)
Totality phase starts at 1:30 pm (CDT)
Duration of Totality phase is 2 minutes and 39 seconds
Admission donation includes:
- Pair of eclipse glasses
- 2017 membership to the Friends of the Cumberland Trail
- Live music by Ed Brown & The Cumberland Band, and Fiddler Bob Townsend & Friends.
- All-day Family-friendly programs (under-12 admitted free with an adult):
- Ranger-led hikes & creek walk
- Tennessee history
- Scavenger hunt
- Primitive weaponry
- Native plants
- Tennessee Horse-mounted patrol
- Kids crafts
Vendors will be on-site to provide food and merchandise.
All proceeds benefit the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail.
Only 200 tickets will be available, so get them while they last!
Questions? Visit our event FAQ to get answers!
Per TWRA, hiking is allowed during scheduled hunts, but vehicle traffic is not allowed through the WMA during turkey, deer, or hog control hunts.
During scheduled hunts, hikers must wear blaze orange according to TWRA specifications.
There is no overnight parking on any WMA in the state, including the Devil’s Breakfast Table trailhead. Vehicles left there are subject to being towed.
It is the responsibility of each hiker to know & follow the rules set forth by TWRA. Consult the latest Hunting & Fishing guide for more details.
The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail has announced 2017 open dates for the Head of Sequatchie, site of some of the most beautiful hidden treasures of the Cumberland Trail. To read more about how you can enjoy the Head of Sequatchie, visit this page of FAQs.
- January 21st
- February 18th
- March 18th
- April 15th
- May 20th
- June 17th
- July 15th
- August 19th
- September 9th
- October 21st
- November 18th
- December 16th
Because of spotty reception in the area, relying on cellphone GPS to find the Head of Sequatchie is not recommended. See this link for thorough driving directions, as well as a map created by GIS specialist, Ranger Jim Brannon.