Laurel Creek Bridge Closing

The 50ft metal bridge that spans Laurel Creek has been damaged and is unsafe for crossing at this time.

The Cumberland Trail at Laurel-Snow State Natural Area

Ladder and Bridge at Twin Rocks are closed.

The ladder at Twin Rocks is closed and unsafe. From the bottom facing the ladder, turn 180 degrees and follow the rocks to climb to the top. The bridge between the twin rocks is also rotten and unsafe. We’ll announce a re-opening when the structure is replaced.

Ride for the Cumberland Trail-August 16, 2014

Mark your calendars for this great benefit ride!

Ride for the Cumberland Trail, Saturday, August 16, 2014:

Meet at 10:00am to check in at Cove Lake State Park, Caryville, TN.  Ride follows ridgetops, valleys, and wild landscapes of the Cumberland Plateau.  Stop for unique historic features, spectacular viewpoints, and visits with musicians, rangers, and old-timers.  Conclude at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and The Shed for the evening concert.  Ride leader:  Tim Rooney.  This tour benefits Friends of the Cumberland Trail.  $30 per motorcycle.  Pre-registration encouraged! To register:  www.friendsofthecumberlandtrail.org
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2014 Head of Sequatchie Schedule Announced:

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail has announced 2014 open dates for the Head of Sequatchie, site of some of the most beautiful hidden treasures of the Cumberland Trail.

  • January 11th
  • February 8th
  • March 29th
  • April 5th
  • May 24th
  • June 14th
  • July 26th
  • August 9th
  • September 6th (Family Day)
  • October 4th
  • November 8th
  • December 13th

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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Thank You for Joining us for the Ride for the Cumberland Trail!

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On Saturday, October 26th a group of intrepid motorcyclists gathered to enjoy a 166-mile ride through gorgeous fall color.  We’re grateful to all participants who made our first Ride for the Cumberland Trail an incredible success. Here are a few … Continue reading

Trailhead Nursery Native Plant Sales

Plant Sale 2013 webThe FCT’s Trailhead Nursery will be selling native perennials, shrubs, and trees on Saturday, September 28 at the Louie Bluie Festival at Cove Lake and on Sunday, October 20 at Hiketoberfest on Signal Mountain.

Started this past October, Trailhead Nursery is the Friends’ project on Signal Mountain for growing native Cumberland Trail plants for use to restore recently acquired land.  Plants are being grown from seed collected on the trail for the past three years by Seasonal Interpretive Ranger Terri Ballinger and volunteers with the goal of using these plants to produce seed for repopulating the pine plantation with native keystone species essential to restoration.

Native plants being offered for sale are not restoration plants but rather plants propagated through volunteer efforts headed by nursery manager Sally Wencel. Seeds used in propagation are donated by area supporters assuring that seed stocks are of a local provenance. The nursery also benefits from plants donated by local wildflower gardeners.   In addition to nursery propagated plants (including plants propagated from plants rescued on Signal Mountain), a nice variety of native shrubs propagated by an area native plant nursery will be available for purchase.

Plants available in fall include a large selection of native azaleas (Piedmont, Flame, Swamp, Plumleaf, Piedmont, Pinxterbloom, Pink Shell) and other woodland shrubs like Sweetshrub, Hearts a-bustin’, Mapleleaf viburnum, Witch-hazel, Ninebark, Bottlebrush buckeye, Clethra, and Oakleaf hydrangea.  We also have a great stock of Cardinal flower, New England Aster, and a variety of ferns, grasses, and perennials for woodland and sunny gardens.

All proceeds from these sales goes directly to support Trailhead Nursery and the Cumberland Seeds Project.

National Trails Day – Hike on Black Mountain

When: National Trails Day  June 1st, 2013 at 8 AM CST
Where:
Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail, Black Mountain Trail head

Come join Kenneth Mathews for a hike of Black mountain on National Trails Day at the trail head located there. The hike is a moderate hike about 3.5 miles from the top of Black Mountain to the trailhead on highway 68. Please make your own arrangements to carpool to get back to the top from Highway 68. Bring food or any water required for the hike. You can access the trail head from I-40 at the 327 exit and follow the signs to the trail head. If you wish to carpool to the top and leave a vehicle at the highway 68 crossing do so in advance and make your own arrangements.

National Trails Day Hikes – Bruce Gap Trailhead at Cove Lake State Park

Frenchman’s Grave to Bruce Gap at Cove Lake State Park (10:00 am)
Where: Bruce Gap Trailhead at Cove Lake State Park
Distance: 4 miles moderate, mostly down hill

Hikers will meet at Bruce Gap and car pool up to the Frenchman’s Grave Trailhead. The hike is 4 miles downhill back to Bruce Gap.  Hikers will see wildflowers and the remains of a mining operation.

Eagle Bluff to Bruce Gap at Cove Lake State Park (afternoon)
Where: Bruce Gap Trailhead at Cove Lake State Park
Distance: 5.5 miles moderate, ridge and downhill

After returning to Bruce Gap, participants will have the option to hike an additional 5.5 miles. We will shuttle to Eagles Bluff and hike along the ridge to the Devils Racetrack overlook. We will then hike down to Bruce Creek Falls and back to Bruce Gap. Hikers will see rock formations, overlook, and waterfall.

Driving Directions – Bruce Gap Trailhead

If interested contact Mark Stanfill at mark.stanfill@tn.gov or (423) 566-2229

National Trails Day Hike and Celebration – Head of Sequatchie

Please join us for a National Trails Day hike along the Cumberland Trail in Cumberland County. The Head of Sequatchie site will be open on June 1, 2013 from 9:00 AM CDT to 3:00 PM CDT. The hike celebrating National Trails Day will start at 10:00 AM CDT and be led by Ranger Anthony Jones to Devilstep Hollow Cave . This hike will highlight the unique and beautiful Head of Sequtchie Valley.  See the historically important Devilstep cave and the geologically interesting origins of the Sequatchie River. Also hear some of the local history and folklore of the Valley as well as the significance of this area to the Cumberland Trail Corridor.

Driving Directions

National Trails Day Hike – Black Mountain in Cumberland County

Please join us for a National Trails Day hike along the Cumberland Trail in Cumberland County.  June 1st 2013 – 8:00 AM CDT. Meet at the paved Black Mountain Trail Head on top of the Mountain. This hike will be led by Ranger Ken Mathews. Please make arrangements to carpool back to your vehicles from the Hwy 68 Trailhead. This is a moderate hike of about 3.5 miles so bring water, snacks or other items you may need. It should take 3 to 4 hours depending on the speed of the group. We will stop near Windlass Cave for a break, from there we will continue on a section of newly built trail, courtesy of the Cumberland Trail Conference volunteers and staff. This new section of trail is across a private property easement, so hikers will need to stay on the trail while crossing this section of the Cumberland Trail.