**Trail Alerts (Updated 3/27)**

*Hamilton County:
The Montlake Road Trailhead Parking area for North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area will be closed from Tuesday, March 28th through Friday, March 31st. TDOT crews will be improving the parking area.
The trailhead will re-open on Saturday, April 1st. The Flipper Bend and Barker Pounds trailheads remain open. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

*Trailwide:
The Cumberland Trail is collecting pre-orders to get a specialty license plate started. Makes a great gift! For details, visit: https://goo.gl/3QTPww

Trail Alerts **Updated 3/13**

*Rhea County:
OPEN: Laurel-Snow State Natural Area is open. Work crews have removed the defunct bridge that spanned Laurel Creek. We’re looking forward to a new bridge this year!

*Hamilton County:
OPEN: Trail at North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area has re-opened after volunteers from Wild Trails helped rebuild the wooden steps near Boston Branch overlook.

*Trailwide:
The Cumberland Trail is collecting pre-orders to get a specialty license plate started. Makes a great gift! For details, visit: https://goo.gl/3QTPww

North Chick Stairway

Rebuilding North Chick stairway by Randy Whorton and Wild Trail volunteers. This is a test post. Randy Whorton will complete details

Head of Sequatchie 2017 Open Days

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 21st
  • February 18th
  • March 18th
  • April 15th
  • May 20th
  • June 17th
  • July 15th
  • August 19th
  • September 16th
  • 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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

2016 Fall Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee

Cumberland Trail Photography Project Director and Lead Photographer Peter Koczera was on hand to document the 26th Annual Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee. This annual event, put on by the Tennessee Park Rangers Association and Tennessee State Parks, raises critical funding that supports maintenance of the Cumberland Trail. To learn more, visit http://www.thebrat.org.

4th Annual Ride for the Cumberland Trail Registration is Open!!

Join us for the fourth annual Ride for the Cumberland Trail, Saturday, August 6–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 the historic Cumberland Homesteads Museum, Head of Sequatchie, Dunlap Coke Ovens, and more. The event includes prizes donated by area businesses, snacks, and walks with park rangers. Experienced leaders will guide the motorcyclists along the sweeping roads, through fantastic scenery of forest, fields, streams, and mountains. Optional evening activities include dinner and concert at The Smokehouse ($7 meal deal from The Smokehouse/$10 per concert ticket).

Meeting time and place:

Registration: 9:00am Eastern
Kickstands up: 9:45am Eastern.

Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson
1820 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.
Maryville, TN 37801

If you’re coming from the west you can meet us at our first stop at the Cumberland Homesteads Tower Museum in Crossville, Tennessee. We plan to arrive around 9:45am Central (10:45am Eastern).

Cumberland Homesteads Tower Museum
96 Highway 68, Crossville, TN 38555

Located 4 miles south of Crossville, TN at the junction of Highways 127S and 68.

Suggested donation is $25 per motorcycle in advance, $30 day of ride.

**Passengers and non-motorcycle drivers are welcome to attend with a donation.

Ride for the Cumberland Trail 2016

Driver Information:

Passenger Information

Supper Reservations:

We'll be enjoying a meal and a concert at The Smokehouse after the ride. If you'd like us to make a reservation for you and your passenger, let us know. Meal cost & concert admission is not included with the registration donation, but The Smokehouse has offered a $7 meal deal, and you can always order off the regular menu. The concert is $10 per person at the door.

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?:

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Event Sponsors Include:

Bob Hamby - State Farm Insurance

Bob Hamby – State Farm Insurance

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.

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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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.

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!