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
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.
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.
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 has re-opened following a closure due to flooding and access road obstruction. The flooding has subsided and the access road has been cleared.
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!
Hikers have reported that the Boiling Spring bridge on the Rock Creek segment has collapsed.