Author Archives: Friends of the Cumberland Trail

**Trail Alerts & Hours (Updated 6/15)**

*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: 7am – 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.

*Rhea County:

CLOSED: Laurel-Snow State Natural Area will be closed Monday June 12 through Monday June 19 while TDOT works on paving the road. We appreciate your continued patience while we make improvements to the park.

*Trailwide:

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/
OPEN: All trail areas recently closed due to unsafe creek levels have re-opened. Please remain cautious about creek crossings & enjoying creek areas.

The Cumberland Trail is collecting pre-orders to get a specialty license plate started. Makes a great gift! For details, visit: this link

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: 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: Can I bring outside food & drinks?

We’ll have food and drink available for sale during the event with proceeds benefiting the trail.

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

Join the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail and the Friends of the Cumberland Trail for an exclusive viewing of the solar eclipse!
 
Ticket price includes:
• Live music
• Ranger-led hikes
• Family-friendly programs (under-12 admitted free with an adult)
• Pair of eclipse glasses
• 2017 membership to the Friends of the Cumberland Trail
 
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!
Total Eclipse in the Park
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Includes PayPal transaction fee.
Tickets are $15 each, plus a modest PayPal processing fee. Ticket price includes admission, eclipse glasses, and a 1-year membership to the Friends of the Cumberland Trail. Children 12 and under are free and must be accompanied by an adult ticket-holder.
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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.

Head of Sequatchie 2017 Open Days

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail has announced 2017 open dates for the Head of Sequatchie, site of some of the most beautiful hidden treasures of the Cumberland Trail. To read more about how you can enjoy the Head of Sequatchie, visit this page of FAQs.

  • January 21st
  • February 18th
  • March 18th
  • April 15th
  • May 20th
  • June 17th
  • July 15th
  • August 19th
  • September 9th
  • October 21st
  • November 18th
  • December 16th

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

2016 Fall Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee

Cumberland Trail Photography Project Director and Lead Photographer Peter Koczera was on hand to document the 26th Annual Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee. This annual event, put on by the Tennessee Park Rangers Association and Tennessee State Parks, raises critical funding that supports maintenance of the Cumberland Trail. To learn more, visit http://www.thebrat.org.