Laurel-Snow Closures Due to TDOT Work [Update 8/24/2015]

[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.

Boiling Spring Bridge Collapse

Hikers have reported that the Boiling Spring bridge on the Rock Creek segment has collapsed.

Register Now for Cumberland Seeds Training 2015

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Friday, October 23rd, 2015
10am - 4pm
Walden Town Hall/Trailhead Nursery

Learn about seed collection & propagation with the Cumberland Seeds & Trailhead Nursery project. Training will include presentations by Vic Vancus, botanist with the US Forest Service National Seed Lab at Dry Branch, GA, and other project partners. Speakers will discuss how to handle seeds and prepare them for planting. More agenda details will be provided later, but this will be a very practical and productive workshop.

The workshop will begin at Walden Town Hall (1836 Taft Hwy, Signal Mountain, Tennessee 37377), and conclude at the Trailhead Nursery in Lone Oak (54 Miller Cove Rd Signal Mountain, TN 37377).

Participants are encouraged to register early, as space is limited. A suggested donation of $10 will help cover cost of materials and includes a membership to the Friends of the Cumberland Trail.

The Trailhead Nursery Trailhead, a project of the Friends of the Cumberland Trail, is located on Walden Ridge in Lone Oak, Tennessee at 54 Miller Cove Road right next to the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail on the Cumberland Plateau. We are a non-profit native plant nursery dedicated to growing plants native to Tennessee and its Cumberland Plateau to use for restoration on state park land as well as provide healthy, environmentally sustainable native plants to private and public landowners. Our efforts are supported by volunteers as well as public and private donations.

For more details contact:

Terri Ballinger

We suggest $10 per person per workshop.

Friends of the Cumberland Trail
Cumberland Seeds & Trailhead Nursery Workshop
PO Box 337
Caryville, TN 37714

A membership to the Friends of the Cumberland Trail is included with your registration donation. Let us know which projects you are most interested in and we'll send you more information about those areas of opportunity. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Join us for the Ride for the Cumberland Trail!

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Ride for the Cumberland Trail Sat., Aug. 22, 2015

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Join us for the third annual Ride for the Cumberland Trail, Saturday, August 22–a motorcycle tour to benefit the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail. Motorcyclists will enjoy an exploration of the scenic wonders along the route of the Cumberland Trail, with stops at Black Mountain and Obed Wild and Scenic River. The event includes prizes donated by area businesses, snacks, walks with Park Rangers, and admission to the evening concert at The Shed. Experienced leaders will guide the motorcyclists along the sweeping roads, through fantastic scenery of forest, fields, streams, and mountains.

Meeting time and place: Registration: 9:00am Eastern Time at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Maryville, TN 37801. Kickstands up: 10:00am.

To register: Submit the form below. Suggested donation is $30 per motorcycle in advance, $35 day of ride.

Ride for the Cumberland Trail 2015

Ride for the Cumberland Trail 2015

Driver Information:

Passenger Information

Supper Reservations:

We'll be enjoying a meal at Stinker's BBQ after the ride. If you'd like us to make a reservation for you and your passenger, let us know. Meal cost is not included with the registration donation.

Registration Donation:


After you click "submit" you'll be redirected to PayPal to complete your registration donation. We'll be in touch with more event details soon.

To complete your registration, send your donation check to:
Friends of the Cumberland Trail
Ride for the Cumberland Trail Registration
220 Park Road
Caryville, TN 37714.

Once your check is received, you will receive a confirmation email to complete your registration

Questions, Comments, or Additional Information?:



Help Build the Trail This Summer

The Cumberland Trail is recruiting a pool of volunteers to support trail construction efforts in Claiborne County this summer. Trail crews will spike camp near Speedwell, Tennessee, and construction will take place 7 days a week through mid-August. Approximately two miles of new trail will be built on each side of the camp. Because the spike camp and work site are at the top of the ridgeline and access is difficult, volunteers with 4WD vehicles that can handle rough access road conditions are especially needed.


Trailbuilding volunteers will need long pants, long sleeves and sturdy footwear (no sandals), suitable rain gear, a sack lunch, and plenty of water. A safety/training orientation will be provided, so no prior experience is required. The park will supply all trailbuildling tools, including workgloves, if needed. Volunteers who wish to work over multiple days, are welcome to camp near the worksite with prior arrangements. Overnight volunteers will need to provide all camp gear and food for their stay. If you're not sure if you have the right gear, contact us using the form below and we'll discuss options.


Volunteers are also needed to maintain a consistent presence at the backcountry campsite, watching over equipment and supplies while the construction crew and rangers are away. Volunteers will need to provide their own food and gear but will have access to spike camp amenities including a group shelter, chairs, table and water. Small groups are welcome to come for hiking, provided one or two members stay at the camp for security.

Transportation & Volunteer Shuttle Service:

  • Trailbuilding volunteers with 4WD vehicles who can manage their own transportation to and from the worksite are welcome to assist with trailbuilding any day with advance notice. Schedules may vary by day, but work typically begins at 7 or 8am and ends around 4:00pm.
  • Campkeeper scheduling is flexible for volunteers with 4WD transportation.
  • Volunteers without 4WD vehicles can be accommodated for multi-day stretches of trailbuilding or campkeeping on a limited basis. Shuttle service from the Cumberland Trail Headquarters at Cove Lake State Park to the worksite is scheduled for Fridays at 3pm. Shuttle service from the construction site back to the Cumberland Trail Headquarters will arrive at Cove Lake State Park on Saturdays and Sundays by 4pm. Four volunteers can be accommodated for each shuttle run. Other shuttle schedules may be possible with advance notice on a limited basis.


The Rogers Gap Road rendezvous point is on private property at the foot of the mountain. No vehicles or equipment can be left at this site. If it can’t come up the mountain, it has to stay behind at Cove Lake State Park.


We are camping and working on Tennessee State Park property. Park rules apply. There is no alcohol permitted in the base camp.

If you think you might be interested, and you'd like more details, please submit the following form. The park office will contact you to coordinate logistics and scheduling:

Head of Sequatchie – 2015 Schedule:

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.

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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!

Job Description:
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.

Other Benefits:
Training, use of camping gear, food while camping

Additional Information and Application Contact:
Mark Stanfill
Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail
Main Office – (423) 566-2229

Volunteer Training for Cumberland Seeds

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

New Volunteer Days Announced for 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 to help build trail in LaFollette, Tennessee.

Planned dates include: Feb 28th, Mar 14th, Mar 28th, Apr 4th, Apr 11th, Apr 18th

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