Author Archives: Friends of the Cumberland Trail

**Trail Alerts & Hours (Updated 07/25/2018)**

*Regular Hours:

Unless otherwise indicated below, Cumberland Trail-managed areas are open during daylight hours:

Main Office: M-F 8am – 4:30pm
Laurel-Snow State Natural Area: 8am – 7pm
North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area: 8am – 7pm
Head of Sequatchie: 8am – 4:30pm on scheduled days

Vehicles left in gated areas after sunset are subject to being towed or locked in.

*Trail Advisory:

Where: Devil’s Breakfast Table Trailhead – South
Why: This is a reminder that while there is a short segment of trail heading south from the Devil’s Breakfast Trailhead, that segment and this entire segment south to the Daddy’s Creek Trailhead is still CLOSED as the trail is being built in this area.

**Please check back here and the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail Facebook page for updates.

**Call our main office for more details: 423-566-2229

*Trailwide:

ROAD ADVISORY: Affecting Stinging Fork Falls SNA & Trailhead: Shut-In Gap Road from the Bledsoe County Line to Spring City is currently undergoing road maintenance by the Rhea County Highway Department. This may last into September 2018. Please call the Rhea County Highway Department to check road conditions before planning a trip: 423-775-7835

CLOSED: All caves on CT-managed lands are closed due to White-Nose Syndrome. You can read more about this devastating bat disease here: https://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/

CAUTION: Please remain cautious about creek crossings & enjoying creek areas.

Laurel-Snow Closure June 12-15th

Laurel-Snow State Natural Area will be closed Monday June 12 through Thursday June 15 while TDOT works on paving the road.  We appreciate your continued patience while we make improvements to the park.

This Week on the Cumberland Trail on WDVX

This week we’ll be coming live from WDVX studios in Clinton, Tennessee to bring you selections from the Sharp family of Fentress County. Documentarian & photographer Rachel Boillot will join us to chat a bit about Evelene Sharp & we’ll play some of Evelene’s home recordings.

The Sharp family music traditions are the subject of a two-volume compilation released by Sandrock Recordings called Sharp’s Hornpipe. You can purchase both volumes on CDBaby.com:

Volume 1: The Fiddling John Sharp Recordings

Volume 2: The Sharp Family Recordings

To listen in, turn your dial to 89.9fm in the greater Knoxville area or visit https://wdvx.com/listen-live/ to listen online.

Notice of Public Meetings

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail will conduct a series of public meetings to share the history of the trail project and present information about upcoming trail construction. Please join us to learn, share, and comment. The Cumberland Trail offers public services and opportunities for citizen to enhance their quality of life. It is imperative that the citizens take part in these meetings to fulfill the intent of the Tennessee State Scenic Trails program.

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail will conduct public meetings on:

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Spring City Public Library Annex
169 West Rhea Ave. Spring City, TN

Friday, May 12, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Central Time
Homestead Harvest Restaurant Cumberland Mountain State Park
Conference Room A
24 Office Dr. Crossville, TN

Monday, May 15, 2017
1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Rhea County Welcome Center
107 Main St. Dayton, TN

The meetings will discuss the State Park’s intent to submit an application for to the State of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for a Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant (LWCF) and to solicit input from the citizens regarding recreational needs within the State Park, State Natural Areas, and State Scenic Trail.

The public is urged to attend. Tennessee State Parks does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap or national origin. The meeting place is handicap accessible. Any person needing special accommodations should contact Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail (423) 566-2229 prior to each of the above stated time.

Eclipse Event – FAQs

Q:How many tickets are available? CAn YOu HOld tickets? Will you have enough for my family/friends? CAn We Buy Tickets on the Day of the Event?

Because of limited parking space, and because we want to keep our programs a reasonable size for our space, only offered 300 paid admissions.

We’ve started a waiting list here. If tickets become available, we’ll offer them to folks on the waiting list by order of registration.

Q: How Will I Know if My tickets Are REserved?

After you complete your PayPal donation, you should be returned to a “Thank You” page on our website. You’ll also receive a confirmation email from PayPal and an email from us.  Check your junk or spam folder, and also add info@friendsofthecumberlandtrail.org to your address list.

If you received a PayPal confirmation, your tickets are reserved, but we want to make sure you’re in the loop as we make event announcements and send instructions via email, so please let us know if you didn’t receive your confirmation from us.  If you haven’t received a notification, get in touch with Marcianne O’Day at the park office marcianne.oday@tn.gov and she will be able to confirm if your tickets are reserved.

Q: How Will I receive My Ticket(s)?

We’re using the term “ticket” loosely. We’ll have staff at the gate checking folks in as they enter the event using a list of those who have paid admission.  Closer to the date, we’ll be sending out an email with more instructions and you can print that and bring it as confirmation. If you’re on the list, you’ll be able to enter and if you’d made your admission donation, you’re on the list.

Q: Where is the Head of Sequatchie?

The Head of Sequatchie is located about 25 minutes from Crossville, Tennessee in Cumberland County.  Cell service is a bit spotty, so make sure to have a look at a map & driving directions in advance.  It’s not hard to find, once you’ve been there, but first-timers who rely on cellphone navigation sometimes get turned around. You can find navigation help here: driving directions, google maps, open street maps.

Q: Is the event pet-friendly?

We love your pets! Please follow normal park rules– leash your pet & be sure to clean up after them.

Q: Is the event KID-friendly?

The entire event is family-friendly and kids under the age of 12 are free with ticketed adult supervision. However, unless specified as a kids program (creek walk, scavenger hunt, kids crafts) our educational programs are designed to appeal to a general audience. Children will be welcome to all the programs, but should be accompanied by an adult who can gauge their interest level and attention span, and help them enjoy the program appropriately.

Q: Can I bring outside food & drinks?

We’ll have food and drink available for sale during the event with proceeds benefiting the trail, but if you have special dietary needs, you’re welcome to bring your own meal & snacks.

Q: What should I bring?

Bring a lawn or camp chair or a picnic blanket, sunscreen, bug spray & a water bottle. We’re expecting it to be hot & humid and we want to make sure everyone is well-hydrated.  If you’ll be going on the hikes, bring some supportive closed-toe shoes as well.

Q: What programs will be offered?

We’re still working out our schedule for the day, but we’ve confirmed that we’ll have live music, ranger-led hikes and a creek program, a photo booth, an introduction to orienteering, native plants, a geology talk, archeology & prehistory, primitive weaponry, Tennessee history, trailbuilding demonstration, scavenger hunt, photography, kids crafts & more to be announced.

Q: What If it’s cloudy? Rainy?

Sadly, we can’t control the weather, but hopefully it will be good!

Even if we can’t view it directly, we’ll be able to observe changes in the natural environment that occur during the eclipse. And, all our programs throughout the day will continue as planned.

In the event of rain, we’ll make modifications and carry on as best we can. If conditions on-site are unsafe, our safety & security officer will make a call and we’ll act according to safety best practices.

Q: Can I Get a Refund? What is your Cancellation Policy?

We can refund on admission donations up until August 11th. This will allow us to offer your tickets to someone on our waiting list. After the 11th, we will have incurred expenses that depend on a specific headcount and we need to make sure we can cover those out of event proceeds.  If you’d like to “re-home” your tickets after the 11th, send us the name of the folks who will be attending in your place (marcianne.oday@tn.gov), and we’ll update your entry on our list at the gate so they can enter and enjoy the festivities.

Along the Trail: News & Information from the Friends of the Cumberland Trail

Along the Trail – March 2017

Total Eclipse in the Park – August 21st, 2017

**Event is Sold Out**

Join the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail and the Friends of the Cumberland Trail for an exclusive viewing of the solar eclipse! The Head of Sequatchie is in the path of totality!

Partial phase starts at 12:02 pm (CDT)
Totality phase starts at 1:30 pm (CDT)
Duration of Totality phase is 2 minutes and 39 seconds
Obscuration: 100%
Magnitude: 1.01465

Admission donation includes:

  • Pair of eclipse glasses
  • 2017 membership to the Friends of the Cumberland Trail
  • Live music by Ed Brown & The Cumberland Band, and Fiddler Bob Townsend & Friends.
  • All-day Family-friendly programs (under-12 admitted free with an adult):
    • Ranger-led hikes & creek walk
    • Tennessee history
    • Orienteering
    • Trailbuilding
    • Scavenger hunt
    • Primitive weaponry
    • Native plants
    • Tennessee Horse-mounted patrol
    • Photography
    • Kids crafts

Vendors will be on-site to provide food and merchandise.
All proceeds benefit the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail.

Only 200 tickets will be available, so get them while they last!
Questions? Visit our event FAQ to get answers!

Hiking at WMAs

Per TWRA, hiking is allowed during scheduled hunts, but vehicle traffic is not allowed through the WMA during turkey, deer, or hog control hunts.

During scheduled hunts, hikers must wear blaze orange according to TWRA specifications.

There is no overnight parking on any WMA in the state, including the Devil’s Breakfast Table trailhead. Vehicles left there are subject to being towed.

It is the responsibility of each hiker to know & follow the rules set forth by TWRA.  Consult the latest Hunting & Fishing guide for more details.

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.

Boiling Spring Bridge Collapse

Hikers have reported that the Boiling Spring bridge on the Rock Creek segment has collapsed.