North Chick Closure May 4-5

Montlake Road Trailhead on the southeast section of North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic on May 4-5 as workers will be conducting maintenance on the drive and parking areas. Visitors can utilize the Flipper Bend Trailhead parking area at the intersection of Hixson Springs Road and Standing Rock Road.

Annual Catoosa WMA Closure in Effect

TWRA has closed Catoosa WMA through February and March. The Cumberland Trail between Alley Ford and the Devil’s Breakfast Table, and the Devil’s Breakfast Table Trailhead will also be closed. For more information on the Catoosa WMA schedule, contact the Region III WMA Office at 1-800-262-6704

The Cumberland Trail is Seeking Candidates for Trail Crew Positions

Cumberland Trail Crew Recruitment

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail is seeking qualified candidates for a Backcountry Crew for 11 weeks starting the week of May 16th through week of July 25th. The Trail Crew will be camping & working on 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, rock steps, and other structures using hand tools and mechanical equipment in this remote area. They must work with others effectively and safely to complete trail construction & maintenance projects. The Trail Crew will share in camp chores each day. Camping overnight is required.

The work week will be 37.5 hours. The weekly schedule*:

  • Day 1 - Arrive at the office, transported to the camp location, set up camp, and build trail.
  • Day 2, 3, & 4 – Trail construction
  • Day 5 – Trail construction, break down camp, and depart for office

The Trail Crew members will also take turns performing the role of camp keeper, maintaining the camp and performing related duties.

*Weekly schedule subject to change due to weather conditions or logistical necessity.

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.

Wages:

Crew Member positions $9.50/hr.

Other Benefits:

Trail training, use of our camping gear, we provide the food while camping.

To request an application or to be considered for future crew opportunies, submit the following form:

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Laurel-Snow State Natural Area is Open

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.

Head of Sequatchie – 2016 Schedule

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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Sandrock Recordings featured in Knoxville News Sentinel Article

Award-winning journalist Morgan Simmons wrote an article on Sandrock Recordings that was featured on the front page of the Knoxville News Sentinel Monday morning.

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

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 has Reopened

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.

Cumberland Seeds Training, Oct 24th, 2015

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!

Boiling Spring Bridge Collapse

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