Wild Edible Plant Class
Saturday, June 13th 2015
1:00 pm (EST), 12:00 pm (CST)John Ford will be conducting a wild edibles class on hiss farm and other locations in Grassy Cove. The class will start at 1:00 central tim...
Save the Date: Ride for the Cumberland Trail
Saturday, August 22nd 2015
8:00 am (EST), 7:00 am (CST)The 3rd Annual Ride for the Cumberland Trail has been set for August 22nd. Mark your calendar and details will be forthcoming!...
Cumberland Seeds Volunteer Training 2015
Saturday, August 29th 2015
10:00 am (EST), 9:00 am (CST)Cumberland Seeds is a project that aims to preserve the biodiversity of the unique ecosystems of the Cumberland Plateau. Volunteers are need...
The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail has announced 2015 open dates for the Head of Sequatchie, site of some of the most beautiful hidden treasures of the Cumberland Trail.
- March 21st
- April 25th
- May 23rd
- June 6th
- July 25th
- August 15th
- September 5th
- October 24th
- November 14th
- December 12th
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.
CUMBERLAND TRAIL STATE SCENIC TRAIL
TENNESSEE STATE PARKS
The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail is seeking qualified candidates for a Backcountry Crew for 10 weeks in May – July. The Trail Crew will be in the Cumberland Mountain Segment located 40 miles North of Knoxville in Campbell & Claiborne Counties. The Cumberland Trail (CT) will be a 330 mile hiking trail from the Cumberland Gap at the Virginia/Kentucky/Tennessee state corner to Signal Point near Chattanooga. An estimated 120 miles are remaining with completion date by 2019. You can help us reach our goal!
Trail Crew Member will construct new hiking trail, foot bridges, rock steps and other structures using hand tools and mechanical equipment in remote areas. They must work with others on the Trail Crew effectively and safely to complete trail construction & maintenance projects. The Trail Crew will require camping overnight in remote locations along the CT corridor.
Trail Crew Leader will do the same work as Trail Crew Members, with additional responsibilities. The Leader will have oversight in assigning tasks on the trail and in camp. Other responsibilities include working with supervisor to coordinate trail and camp logistics; ensure safety procedures are followed in trail work & camp; and assist with all administrative work for the Trail Crew.
Skills & Abilities:
Aptitude for physical work in the back country; effectively work and communicate with others, comfortable working and living in the backcountry for days at a time.
Crew Leader position: $10.00/hr. to $11.00/hr.
Crew Member positions $7.74/hr. to $9.50/hr.
Training, use of camping gear, food while camping
Additional Information and Application Contact:
Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail
Main Office – (423) 566-2229
Two dates have been set for Volunteer Training for the Cumberland Seeds project: Saturday, May 9 at Head of Sequatchie, and Saturday, August 29 at Trailhead Nursery, Signal Mtn., TN. Sessions will be given by Park staff, FCT Board members, and guest instructors on a variety of topics from seed collecting to databasing to nursery work and more. Stay tuned for details. Contact Jeanie Hilten at email@example.com
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 to help build trail in LaFollette, Tennessee.
Planned dates include: Feb 28th, Mar 14th, Mar 28th, Apr 4th, Apr 11th, Apr 18th
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.
State Parks Trails Administrator
Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail
Office (423) 566-2229
Cell (615) 574-5176
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
11am – Birding Hike with Michael Hodge of Frozen Head State Park
11am – Ragdoll Kids Crafts with Cara Alexander of Fall Creek Falls State
1pm – Kid Song Jam with Randy Steele
2pm – Hike to Mushroom Rock with Brandy Selman of the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail
3pm – Native American Atlatl Demonstration with Pelts and Skulls –
Philip Hylen of Tims Ford State Park
4pm – Closing of Event
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:
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.
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.