Author Archives: Friends of the Cumberland Trail

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.

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Thank You for Joining us for the Ride for the Cumberland Trail!

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On Saturday, October 26th a group of intrepid motorcyclists gathered to enjoy a 166-mile ride through gorgeous fall color.  We’re grateful to all participants who made our first Ride for the Cumberland Trail an incredible success. Here are a few … Continue reading

National Trails Day – Hike on Black Mountain

When: National Trails Day  June 1st, 2013 at 8 AM CST
Where:
Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail, Black Mountain Trail head

Come join Kenneth Mathews for a hike of Black mountain on National Trails Day at the trail head located there. The hike is a moderate hike about 3.5 miles from the top of Black Mountain to the trailhead on highway 68. Please make your own arrangements to carpool to get back to the top from Highway 68. Bring food or any water required for the hike. You can access the trail head from I-40 at the 327 exit and follow the signs to the trail head. If you wish to carpool to the top and leave a vehicle at the highway 68 crossing do so in advance and make your own arrangements.

National Trails Day Hikes – Bruce Gap Trailhead at Cove Lake State Park

Frenchman’s Grave to Bruce Gap at Cove Lake State Park (10:00 am)
Where: Bruce Gap Trailhead at Cove Lake State Park
Distance: 4 miles moderate, mostly down hill

Hikers will meet at Bruce Gap and car pool up to the Frenchman’s Grave Trailhead. The hike is 4 miles downhill back to Bruce Gap.  Hikers will see wildflowers and the remains of a mining operation.

Eagle Bluff to Bruce Gap at Cove Lake State Park (afternoon)
Where: Bruce Gap Trailhead at Cove Lake State Park
Distance: 5.5 miles moderate, ridge and downhill

After returning to Bruce Gap, participants will have the option to hike an additional 5.5 miles. We will shuttle to Eagles Bluff and hike along the ridge to the Devils Racetrack overlook. We will then hike down to Bruce Creek Falls and back to Bruce Gap. Hikers will see rock formations, overlook, and waterfall.

Driving Directions – Bruce Gap Trailhead

If interested contact Mark Stanfill at mark.stanfill@tn.gov or (423) 566-2229

Driving Directions to the Head of Sequatchie

For driving directions to the Head of Sequatchie: Bing Maps

Photos from the Cumberland Trail Suite

We are very grateful to Margaret and Gary Hamilton of Chattanooga for capturing and sharing these beautiful photos of the Cumberland Trail Suite event that took place on the evening of March 22nd.  Enjoy!

Magnificent Seeds – A conference to support the Cumberland Seeds Project

The Friends of the Cumberland Trail organization is sponsoring this gathering of wildflower enthusiasts, gardeners, botanist, ecologist, and public land managers to expand the work of the Cumberland Seeds Project.

Magnificent Seeds Conference

An Extraordinary Concert of the Music and Musicians of the Cumberlands:

Mark your calendars for a special benefit concert, hosted by Grammy Award winners Tim O’Brien, and Rhiannon Giddens (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops).  The concert takes place at the historic Tivoli Theater in downtown Chattanooga and features stunning musical performances and spoken word from a variety of Cumberland Plateau musicians.

General Admission is $20; VIP Ticket Package is $100, supports the Cumberland Trail and includes a gala reception and up front seating Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 423-757-5050. Tickets may also be purchased online by clicking here.

Friday March 22, 2013
Tivoli Theater – Downtown Chattanooga
Exhibits open at 6:30pm
Concert: 7:30 – 10:00pm

More details coming soon.

Map to the Tivoli Theater

Event flyer

Biographies of the Musical Performers

Purchase your tickets here

Soddy Creek Section Warning

A temporary structure crossing Deep Creek is not open for public use. Do not cross the creek on this bridge.  Water may be too high for a creek crossing, requiring hikers to backtrack. A permanent bridge is planned for construction at this site.

The Cumberland Trail on WDVX – Tonight!

It’s that time again! Join us tonight for a classic episode of The Cumberland Trail on WDVX!