Laurel-Snow State Natural Area is open after a temporary closed due to treacherous conditions on the access road. The road is still icy and slick in some areas, so caution is advised.
The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail has announced 2016 open dates for the Head of Sequatchie, site of some of the most beautiful hidden treasures of the Cumberland Trail.
- January 16th
- February 27th
- March 19th
- April 23rd
- May 28th
- June 25th
- July 23rd
- August 27th
- September 24th
- October 22nd
- November 19th
- December 17th
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.
Sandrock Recordings is an non-profit record label that preserves and proliferates heritage music of the Cumberland Plateau. This cultural conservation project builds on a career of fieldwork conducted by Cumberland Trail park manager Bob Fulcher and is supported by funding, resources and assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the Lyndhurst & Riverview Foundations, AmeriCorps AppalachiaCares, and many private supporters.
Laurel-Snow State Natural Area has re-opened following a closure due to flooding and access road obstruction. The flooding has subsided and the access road has been cleared.
Laurel-Snow SNA has reopened today following a wildfire that burned approximately 20 acres of State Park forest land and over 100 acres of adjoining private land. No damage to individuals or private property occurred within the park.
Cumberland Trail State Park received critical and timely help from the Morgantown unit of the Rhea County Fire Department and from the Tennessee Division of Forestry in protecting vehicles parked for overnight camping.
The recent Cumberland Seeds & Trailhead Nursery volunteer training workshop was a wonderful success. Attendees learned about Biodiversity from Dwayne Estes of Austin Peay University. Vic Vankus of the U.S. Forest Service National Seed Laboratory taught attendees how to collect, clean and store seeds. Terri Ballinger of the Trailhead Nursery, and Meredith Clebsch of Foothills Land Conservancy spoke about planting and restoration work and led a group discussion. To conclude the day, attendees toured the beautiful Trailhead Nursery in Lone Oak, Tennessee.
Thank you to our speakers, staff and volunteers who made this workshop so productive!
Hikers have reported that the Boiling Spring bridge on the Rock Creek segment has collapsed.
[Update 8/24/2015] The access road to Laurel-Snow may be closed at any time Monday through Friday due to TDOT performing maintenance on the road. Permits for camping will only be guaranteed for weekend dates. Midweek registrations are accepted, but may be canceled with little notice.
[Update 7/29/2015] The access road to Laurel-Snow may be closed at any time Monday through Friday. Permits for camping will only be available for weekend dates until further notice.
[July 23rd, 2015] Laurel-Snow State Natural area will be closed intermittently through the end of the month as TDOT crews work on the parking area and access road. No overnight camping/parking permits will be issued during this time. Please check with the park office before driving a distance to see the area. If a set schedule can be determined, we’ll communicate that here ASAP.