Decking on the Bridge at Deep Creek has been completed!

Thanks go out to everyone involved in the construction of the Deep Creek Bridge, which is being completed with the support of Triple Crown, the Southeastern Climbers Coalition, Friends of the Cumberland Trail, CT maintenance staff, construction crew & rangers and fantastic volunteer support every step of the way:

Decking is finished, and all that remains are steps on the far side and additional rail supports.

2nd Annual Ride for the Cumberland Trail – Details Confirmed!

The 2nd Annual Ride for the Cumberland Trail has been set for Saturday, August 16th.  Check-in will be held at two locations to accommodate riders in both the East and Middle Tennessee areas.

Check-in at either:

9:00 am (eastern)
Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson
1820 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Maryville, TN 37801

or

9:30am (central)
Homestead Tower Museum
96 Highway 68
Crossville, TN 38555

After check-in, the ride will kick off with a special tour of the Homestead Tower Museum, which will begin at 10:30am (Central). From there, riders will continue on a special tour of the Cumberland Plateau, including the gorgeous Sequatchie Valley. Riders will return to Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson around 7:00pm for a special discounted barbecue supper at Stinker’s and a free concert at The Shed.

Register online here.  Or register by mail using this registration form. For questions or more information, contact Jeanie Hilton at millerscove@goldsword.com.

We’re grateful for the support of this year’s event sponsors:

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Fairfield Homes & Glade Realty 2 lines

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Volunteer Days with the AmeriCorps NCCC Delta 4 Team in Campbell County

Help extend the Cumberland Trail towards Cumberland Gap! Each Tuesday in June, volunteers are welcome to build trail side-by-side with the visiting AmeriCorps Delta 4 team. 

Volunteers will need to bring plenty of water, a packed lunch, insect repellant, sunscreen, gloves and appropriate footwear. All tools and instruction will be provided. 

Registration and logistical details are available by contacting the Cove Creek Office at 423-566-2229 or by emailing Marcianne.ODay@tn.gov
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Groups are welcome and appreciated.

June Volunteer Days at North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area

Help maintain & restore North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area!

Throughout the month of June, North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area will be closed to the public for much-needed rehabilitation & restoration work. Volunteer days to support the rehabilitation effort will be held on June 6th, 9th, 14th, 17th, 21st, 25th, and 28th.

Volunteers can sign up to help remove litter from Chickamauga Creek and surrounding rocks and lands, develop new trails as access points to the creek banks, or close current rogue trails so that the natural area grounds can be improved.

This important work will facilitate continued conservation of the area’s fragile natural features, including federally listed flora species and critical habitat. Registered volunteers will be able to enjoy North Chickamauga State Natural Area for a few hours in the afternoon after each event.

Advance registration (required) & relevant logistical details are available by contacting (423) 566-2229 or Marcianne.Oday@tn.gov.

North Chickamauga Creek Gorge SNA Closed in June

Tennessee State Parks Announces Temporary Natural Area Closure

Portion of the North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area will close during July and reopen on July 1

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Tennessee State Parks would like to inform the general public that the North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area, which is a portion of the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park, will be closed for the month of June, and will reopen on July 1.

The temporary closure will block off the park entrance at Montlake Road in Hamilton County, along with the trailhead. Maintenance, construction, visitor protection, and resource protection projects are scheduled in response to damage from years of unauthorized parking, trampling and erosion.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the rehabilitation efforts on June 6, 9, 14, 17, 21, 25 and 28. Five new trails will be developed as designated access points to the banks of Chickamauga Creek. All of the current rogue trails will be closed, so the natural area grounds can be improved. Volunteers should bring gloves, food and drink, insect repellant and wear pants and boots.

“In an effort to preserve and protect the fragile environment in this section of the park, our Division of Natural Areas has recommended a temporary closure in order for these significant species to rejuvenate,” said Brock Hill, Deputy Commissioner for Parks and Conservation. “During this time, our park staff will be enhancing the trail system, as well as making efforts to provide a safe and fun experience for park guests at ‘North Chick’.”

The North Chickamauga Creek Gorge acquisition was completed using a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Land Acquisition Grant. The objective of this grant-funded land acquisition project was to protect and conserve the habitat and known occurrences of three federally listed species: large-flowered skullcap (Scutellaria montana), Virginia spiraea (Spiraea virginiana), and bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus).

Volunteer registration is available by contacting (423) 566-2229 or Marcianne.Oday@tn.gov. For more information about the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park, please visit http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/cumberland-trail.

Tennessee State Parks offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families or business and professional groups. State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses. There is a state park within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in the state, offering a variety of recreational, lodging and dining choices. For more information about Tennessee State Parks, visit http://tnstateparks.com/, https://www.facebook.com/tennesseestateparks or https://twitter.com/TennStateParks

North Chickamauga Closure release

Help Repair North Suck Creek Bridge!

Come on out and lend a hand to help repair the North Suck Creek suspension bridge! We’ll be meeting at Shackleford Ridge Park, shelter parking area at 9am on Thursday, May 29th. We’ll have two main objectives for the day:

  1. Haul 30 12-ft boards and other supplies 1/3 mile from the parking lot to North Suck Creek.
  2. Remove and replace decking on the bridge.

Two volunteers experienced with basic measurements and cuts will be a big help, other volunteers can help move materials onto the bridge. Plan to stay for two hours if you’re hauling materials, or up to six if you’d like to help complete the decking. If you will be helping to transport boards, please bring a cushion for your shoulder.

All volunteers: please bring work gloves, lunch and water.

For more information:
Ranger Daniel Basham: 423-322-5160
Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail: 423-566-2229

Reminder: Cave Closures on State Lands

Due to the occurrence of bats with white nose syndrome (WNS) in Tennessee, caves on state-owned lands are closed to the public until further notice.

TN River Gorge: Suck Creek Bridge Closed

Suck Creek bridge near Mushroom Rock is damaged and closed at this time.

Laurel-Snow SNA: 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

Piney River: 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.