Help Build the Trail This Summer

The Cumberland Trail is recruiting a pool of volunteers to support trail construction efforts in Claiborne County this summer. Trail crews will spike camp near Speedwell, Tennessee, and construction will take place 7 days a week through mid-August. Approximately two miles of new trail will be built on each side of the camp. Because the spike camp and work site are at the top of the ridgeline and access is difficult, volunteers with 4WD vehicles that can handle rough access road conditions are especially needed.

Trailbuilders:

Trailbuilding volunteers will need long pants, long sleeves and sturdy footwear (no sandals), suitable rain gear, a sack lunch, and plenty of water. A safety/training orientation will be provided, so no prior experience is required. The park will supply all trailbuildling tools, including workgloves, if needed. Volunteers who wish to work over multiple days, are welcome to camp near the worksite with prior arrangements. Overnight volunteers will need to provide all camp gear and food for their stay. If you're not sure if you have the right gear, contact us using the form below and we'll discuss options.

Campkeepers:

Volunteers are also needed to maintain a consistent presence at the backcountry campsite, watching over equipment and supplies while the construction crew and rangers are away. Volunteers will need to provide their own food and gear but will have access to spike camp amenities including a group shelter, chairs, table and water. Small groups are welcome to come for hiking, provided one or two members stay at the camp for security.

Transportation & Volunteer Shuttle Service:

  • Trailbuilding volunteers with 4WD vehicles who can manage their own transportation to and from the worksite are welcome to assist with trailbuilding any day with advance notice. Schedules may vary by day, but work typically begins at 7 or 8am and ends around 4:00pm.
  • Campkeeper scheduling is flexible for volunteers with 4WD transportation.
  • Volunteers without 4WD vehicles can be accommodated for multi-day stretches of trailbuilding or campkeeping on a limited basis. Shuttle service from the Cumberland Trail Headquarters at Cove Lake State Park to the worksite is scheduled for Fridays at 3pm. Shuttle service from the construction site back to the Cumberland Trail Headquarters will arrive at Cove Lake State Park on Saturdays and Sundays by 4pm. Four volunteers can be accommodated for each shuttle run. Other shuttle schedules may be possible with advance notice on a limited basis.

NOTICE:

The Rogers Gap Road rendezvous point is on private property at the foot of the mountain. No vehicles or equipment can be left at this site. If it can’t come up the mountain, it has to stay behind at Cove Lake State Park.

ALCOHOL:

We are camping and working on Tennessee State Park property. Park rules apply. There is no alcohol permitted in the base camp.

If you think you might be interested, and you'd like more details, please submit the following form. The park office will contact you to coordinate logistics and scheduling:

Register Now for Cumberland Seeds Training 2015

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Cumberland Seeds is a project that aims to preserve the biodiversity of the unique ecosystems of the Cumberland Plateau. Volunteers are needed to collect seeds and other plant material, work in Trailhead Nursery, do restoration work, and a participate in a variety of conservation activities.

The Saturday, May 9 workshop will focus on understanding plant communities, identifying seeds, and learning how to collect and save them for future use. The Saturday, August 29 workshop will focus on growing seeds in the Trailhead Nursery.

Volunteers are encouraged to attend both, and register early, as space is limited. A suggested donation of $10 will help cover cost of materials and includes a membership to the Friends of the Cumberland Trail.

Please fill out a separate form for each workshop attendee.

Training will take place at the Head of Sequatchie (near Crossville) and will focus on understanding plant communities, seed identification, collection and preservation. Please bring lunch, water and be prepared to spend time outdoors.
Training will take place at the Trailhead Nursery in Lone Oak, TN and will focus on growing seeds.
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We suggest $10 per person per workshop.

Friends of the Cumberland Trail
PO Box 337
Caryville, TN 37714

Head of Sequatchie – 2015 Schedule:

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail has announced 2015 open dates for the Head of Sequatchie, site of some of the most beautiful hidden treasures of the Cumberland Trail.

  • March 21st
  • April 25th
  • May 23rd
  • June 6th
  • July 25th
  • August 15th
  • September 5th
  • October 24th
  • November 14th
  • December 12th

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

SUMMER 2015 TRAIL CREW POSITIONS

Summer-Recruitment

CUMBERLAND TRAIL STATE SCENIC TRAIL
TENNESSEE STATE PARKS

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail is seeking qualified candidates for a Backcountry Crew for 10 weeks in May – July. The Trail Crew will be in 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, foot bridges, rock steps and other structures using hand tools and mechanical equipment in remote areas. They must work with others on the Trail Crew effectively and safely to complete trail construction & maintenance projects. The Trail Crew will require camping overnight in remote locations along the CT corridor.

Trail Crew Leader will do the same work as Trail Crew Members, with additional responsibilities. The Leader will have oversight in assigning tasks on the trail and in camp. Other responsibilities include working with supervisor to coordinate trail and camp logistics; ensure safety procedures are followed in trail work & camp; and assist with all administrative work for the Trail Crew.

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 Leader position: $10.00/hr. to $11.00/hr.
Crew Member positions $7.74/hr. to $9.50/hr.

Other Benefits:
Training, use of camping gear, food while camping

Additional Information and Application Contact:
Mark Stanfill
Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail
mark.stanfill@tn.gov
Main Office – (423) 566-2229

Volunteer Training for Cumberland Seeds

Two dates have been set for Volunteer Training for the Cumberland Seeds project:  Saturday, May 9 at Head of Sequatchie, and Saturday, August 29 at Trailhead Nursery, Signal Mtn., TN.  Sessions will be given by Park staff, FCT Board members, and guest instructors on a variety of topics from seed collecting to databasing to nursery work and more.  Stay tuned for details.  Contact Jeanie Hilten at millerscove@goldsword.com

New Volunteer Days Announced for Campbell County

Help build the Cumberland Trail in Campbell County! With advance notice, volunteers (ages 18 and older), are welcome to join the Cumberland Trail work crew to help build trail in LaFollette, Tennessee.

Planned dates include: Feb 28th, Mar 14th, Mar 28th, Apr 4th, Apr 11th, Apr 18th

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Volunteer Work Days on the Cumberland Trail in Campbell County!

Help build the Cumberland Trail in Campbell County! With advance notice, volunteers (ages 18 and older), are welcome to join the Cumberland Trail work crew through the end of the year to help build trail in LaFollette, Tennessee.

***Please RSVP with your date in advance by contacting the Cumberland Trail office by phone or email so we can plan appropriately for the day.***

Volunteers will meet at the Cumberland Trail park office at 9:00am for an orientation/safety meeting. We will drive to the trailhead, hike to the worksite and return to the park office by 4:30pm.

You will need lunch, water and extra water, since this is manual work and you will be out most of the day. You will also need to wear long pants, long sleeves, work gloves, dress in layers, bring a rain jacket and wear closed-toe shoes (no sandals). The park will supply all tools including gloves, if needed.

Directions: From Knoxville take I-75 north to Exit#134. Turn right on 25W and past red light. Drive 0.7 miles to first left located just past the Cove Lake State Park Office. Take Park Road and drive 0.2 miles. Cumberland Trail Office is house on the right.

Mark Stanfill
State Parks Trails Administrator
Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail
Office (423) 566-2229
Cell (615) 574-5176
mark.stanfill@tn.gov

Celebrate the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail Oct. 19 at Hiketoberfest!

Event Celebrates Natural, Historical and Cultural Features of the Cumberland Trail

Celebrate the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Shackleford Ridge Park in Signal Mountain. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Friends of the Cumberland Trail, which supports the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail and Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park.

The event will feature guided hikes, educational programming, heritage music and food. Attendees can learn about plateau wildlife, including birds of prey, mammals, snakes, native wildflowers, medicinal plants and cultural conservation.

Musicians of all skill levels are invited to bring instruments to the Cumberland Trail jam tent hosted by Randy Steele, Matt Evans and Bob Townsend. Fall Creek Falls State Park will be on hand to offer a ragdoll kids craft program. Tims Ford State Park will offer a Native American atlatl demonstration and presentation on pelts and skulls.

A $10 per person/$25 per family donation is suggested.

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail is a backcountry hiking trail. It will extend, when complete, from a northern terminus at Cumberland Gap National Historic Park through 11 Tennessee counties and over more than 300 miles of scenic and historic terrain along the Cumberland Plateau before reaching its southern terminus at Signal Point in Signal Mountain. The Cumberland Trail connects 330,000 acres of some of the most biologically-rich, bio diverse and spectacular lands under public stewardship, including five state natural areas.

The Friends of the Cumberland Trail work to preserve and protect the environmental, cultural and historical resources of the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail corridor, to provide related educational opportunities and to support park needs.

We hope you’ll join us for this year’s Hiketoberfest event at Shackleford Ridge Park– it’s sure to be a fun-filled day for all the family.

Schedule of Events:

9am – Nature Hike with Herbalist Holli Richey

10am – Wildlife Show with Taylor Berry of Reflection Riding Nature Center
and Arboretum

11am – Birding Hike with Michael Hodge of Frozen Head State Park

11am – Ragdoll Kids Crafts with Cara Alexander of Fall Creek Falls State
Park

12pm – Learn about Sandrock Recordings and The Trailhead Nursery and Cumberland Seeds projects.

1pm – Kid Song Jam with Randy Steele

2pm – Hike to Mushroom Rock with Brandy Selman of the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail

2pm until 4pm – Old-Time Jam Tent with Matt Evans and Bob Townsend.

3pm – Native American Atlatl Demonstration with Pelts and Skulls –
Philip Hylen of Tims Ford State Park

4pm – Closing of Event

 

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Friends of the Cumberland Trail Host 2nd Annual Ride for the Cumberland Trail Benefit: Riders Enjoy the Natural, Cultural and Geologic History of Cumberland Plateau Sites

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT:
Jeanie Hilten
865-250-3268
millerscove@goldsword.com

Crossville, Tenn. – On Saturday, August 16th, motorcyclists from across Tennessee and Kentucky participated in a unique motorcycle tour and rally across the Cumberland Plateau in support of the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail. Thirty-one riders began the day with at the Cumberland Homesteads Tower Museum in Crossville, Tennessee, and continued on through the Sequatchie Valley with stops at the Head of Sequatchie and Grassy Cove.
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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.