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June 22nd: Cumberland Trails Conference Intro to Trailbuilding Course

The Cumberland Trails Conference (CTC) continues to offer no cost classes on trail building.  This time the CTC joins with the Fairfield Glade Trail Builders for this hands on introduction to the fundamentals of building sustainable trails.  You will learn from Certified Master Trail Builders.

This six hour class covers everything from corridor preparation to final grooming.  Safety and proper tool handling are emphasized.  Students will understand how water flow effects trail design and construction.

Students will learn how to cut a proper back slope, trail tread and create a critical edge on the out slope.  Basic techniques such as shoulder armoring and creek step overs are covered as well.

Time:  9 AM to 3 Pm CDT

Where: Fairfield Glade, Cumberland County

Registration:  Call or email the CTC Office at 931 456 6259  or email:  ctcoffice2014@gmail.com

Class size is limited.  Directions and details will follow registration.  Students must be healthy enough to handle trail construction work and carry tools.  Students must bring sturdy shoes, water, bug spray, a hat, bandanna and gloves.  Bring a bag lunch and snacks for lunch on the trail. This is a wilderness experience, so no port-o-potties.  Minimum age – 15.

Weather date: None

Directions and more details after registration via e-mail.

1st Annual Cumberland Trail Spring Wellness Fair

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail will host its 1st Annual ‘Spring Wellness Fair’ to celebrate National Park Rx Day and the Tennessee State Parks Healthy Parks Healthy Person program.

The event is FREE to all and will be held at the beautiful and secluded Head of Sequatchie location in Cumberland County. The area is normally open only one day each month – this is a rare opportunity to see the birthplace of the Sequatchie River!

The day will be a celebration of Tennessee State Parks as resources of affordable healthy-living opportunities for all Tennesseans.


The day will begin with the Healthy Parks Healthy Person Kick-Off Hike & Presentation w/ Fitness Expert and Olympian Missy Kane of East TN PBS & WCTE-Cookeville. Missy and CT Ranger staff will detail the day’s events and lead a short easy hike around the Head of Sequatchie – explaining the history of the area and getting the day’s activities kicked-off right!

Other All-Day Activities Include:

  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Forest Immersion Therapy (Shinrin Yoku)
  • An ‘Outdoor Fun Zone’ for kids and kids-at-heart
  • Another Ranger Guided Hike
  • Free on-site vitals checks
  • Healthy Food Concessions (with take home recipes)
  • Local Community Health Organizations (offering advice on everything from healthcare to how to stay active and healthy on any budget)
  • Picnic Tables and Sitting Places Galore – Enjoy Time with Family and Friends!
  • …More to come!

Enjoy the day any way you see fit!


Additions and Announcement Will be Made at: https://facebook.com/cumberlandtrailSST/


The Head of Sequatchie features: the mountain birthplace of the Sequatchie River (a breath-taking site for any visitor), Devilstep Hollow Cave, and the burial site of the first sheriff of Cumberland County (Craven Sherrill) at the Sherrill Cemetery.

The Head of Sequatchie is a site to behold, admire, and enjoy – if you have never visited before – this is the day!

Early May is a time of blooms, color, and astonishing beauty!


Directions: 270 Glyph Parkway, Pikeville, TN 37367 | Google Maps Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/4oPdSFi8uUU2 or http://www.friendsofthecumberlandtrail.org/directions-to-head-of-sequatchie-management-area/

Head of Sequatchie 2019 Open Dates

Effective Thursday May 9th the Head of Sequatchie will be open 4 days each week (Thursday – Sunday) for the 2019 Summer Season.

Gates will open each day at 10am CT and close at 5:30pm CT. Once again this will be Thursday – Sunday each week starting Thursday May 9th.

Hours and Dates will be redetermined after the summer season due to weather and daylight hours – will be announced accordingly.

Current Dates: May 9th through 12th, 16th – 19th, 23rd – 26th, May 30th – June 2nd, June 6th – 9th, 13th – 16th, 20th – 23rd, 27th – 30th, July 4th – 7th, 11th – 14th, 18th – 21st, 25th – 28th, August 1st – 4th, 8th – 11th, 15th – 18th, 22nd – 25th, 29th – September 1st. Hours will be examined again around this time.

–Finding the Head of Sequatchie via cellphone GPS can be difficult, because reception in the area approaching the site is minimal (at best).

Ranger Jim Brannon has also put together a fine map to help you find your way around the park:

Kiosk Map:
http://www.cumberlandtrail.guide/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/12-Head-of-Sequatchie-with-logo.pdf

OpenStreet Map:
http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=35.7928&lon=-85.0076&zoom=13&layers=M

Google Maps:
https://www.google.com/maps/dir//35.7941075,-85.0126185/@35.7934881,-85.0111681,495m/data=!3m1!1e3

Frequently Asked Questions/Directions Assistance: http://www.friendsofthecumberlandtrail.org/?p=7750

If you have further questions, feel free to contact the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail office main number at 423-566-2229 (M-F 8-4:30pm EST)

Updates will be provided here and at https://facebook.com/cumberlandtrailsst

Spring and Summer 2019 Trail Crew Positions

SPRING & SUMMER 2019 TRAIL CREW POSITIONS – CUMBERLAND TRAIL STATE SCENIC TRAIL – TENNESSEE STATE PARKS

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail is seeking qualified candidates for a Backcountry Crew.

WHEN: If there is enough interest, a Spring Trail Crew looks to begin in late March through April. The Summer Crew will start around the week of May 14th through the week of July 31st (11-12 weeks – dates subject to change). Applicants may apply for both seasons or only one.

WHERE: The Trail Crew will be camping & working on 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 100 miles are remaining and you can help us close that gap!

Job Description:

Trail Crew Members will construct new hiking trail, rock steps, and other structures using hand tools and mechanical equipment in this remote area. They must work with others effectively and safely to complete trail construction & maintenance projects. The Trail Crew will share in camp chores each day.

Minimum age: 18

Camping overnight is required.

A full time work week is 37.5 hours.

The weekly schedule (Monday – Thursday):

Day 1 – Arrive at the office, transported to the camp location, set up camp, and trail construction.

Day 2, 3 – Trail construction

Day 4 – Trail construction, break down camp, and depart for office

The Trail Crew members will also take turns performing the role of camp keeper, maintaining the camp and performing related duties.

*Weekly schedule subject to change due to weather conditions or logistical necessity.

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 Member positions $9.75/hr.

Other Benefits:

Trail training, use of our camping gear, & we provide the food while camping.

Additional Information and Application:

Mark Stanfill
Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail

Address: 220 Park Road, Caryville, TN 37714
Email: mark.stanfill@tn.gov
Direct Cell: (615) 574-5176
Main Office: (423) 566-2229 or 423-262-9853

Applications still currently being accepted

Now Hiring: 2018 Fall Trail Crew

FALL 2018 TRAIL CREW POSITIONS

OCTOBER 8th – NOVEMBER 16th  

CUMBERLAND TRAIL STATE SCENIC TRAIL

TENNESSEE STATE PARKS

 

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail is seeking qualified candidates for a Backcountry/Base Camp Crew starting the week of October 8th to the week of November 17th. The Fall Trail Crew will build new hiking trail and perform trail maintenance on the Cumberland Mountain Segment located 40 miles North of Knoxville in Campbell & Claiborne Counties. The Cumberland Trail will be a 330 mile hiking trail from the Cumberland Gap at the Virginia/Kentucky/Tennessee state corner to Signal Point near Chattanooga.

 

Job Description:

Trail Crew Members will construct new hiking trail using hand tools in this remote area. They must work with others effectively and safely to complete trail construction & maintenance projects. The Trail Crew will share in camp chores each day. Camping overnight is required.

 

The work week will be 37.5 hours.*

 

The weekly schedule:

Monday – Arrive at the office, transported to the camp location, set up camp, and build trail.

Tuesday & Wednesday – Trail construction

Thursday – Trail construction, break down camp, and depart for office

 

The Trail Crew members will also take turns performing the role of camp keeper, maintaining the camp and performing related duties.

 

*Weekly schedule subject to change due to weather conditions or logistical necessity.

 

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.

Must be 18 and have a valid driver’s license.

 

Wages:

Crew Member positions $9.75/hr.

 

Other Benefits:

Trail training, use of our camping gear, & we provide the food while camping

 

Application due by September 26th

 

You do not need to be available the entire six weeks to be considered. Schedule flexible.

 

Additional Information and Application Contact:

Mark Stanfill – Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail

mark.stanfill@tn.gov

(615) 574-5176

www.facebook.com/cumberlandtrailSST

(Update: March 2018): Cumberland Trail License Plate

Due to not meeting the funding goal, the Cumberland Trail License Plate campaign has ended.

Updates will be posted here and any previous pre-orders will be honored and/or refunded. Each person who has a pre-order will be contacted individually regarding all possible options. A list is being compiled now and contact will be made soon.

Possible options being discussed are:

  • Transition the current License Plate to a Front Plate (same plate but without the numbers)

  • Refund
  • A Membership to the Friends of the Cumberland Trail
  • Your Suggestion – You Tell Us

Feel free to respond to the above and direct questions to: info@friendsofthecumberlandtrail.org or 423-566-2229

 

 

–Once again an official letter will be mailed/emailed soon–

 

Now Hiring: 2018 Spring & Summer Trail Crew Members!

SPRING & SUMMER 2018 TRAIL CREW POSITIONS – CUMBERLAND TRAIL STATE SCENIC TRAIL – TENNESSEE STATE PARKS

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail is seeking qualified candidates for a Backcountry Crew.

WHEN: A Spring Trail Crew looks to begin in April 2018 and the Summer Crew starting around the week of May 14th through the week of July 27th (10-11 weeks – dates subject to change). Applicants may apply for both seasons or only one.

WHERE: The Trail Crew will be camping & working on 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 100 miles are remaining and you can help us close that gap!

Job Description:

Trail Crew Members will construct new hiking trail, rock steps, and other structures using hand tools and mechanical equipment in this remote area. They must work with others effectively and safely to complete trail construction & maintenance projects. The Trail Crew will share in camp chores each day.

Minimum age: 18

Camping overnight is required.

A full time work week is 37.5 hours.

The weekly schedule:

Day 1 – Arrive at the office, transported to the camp location, set up camp, and trail construction.

Day 2, 3, & 4 – Trail construction

Day 5 – Trail construction, break down camp, and depart for office

The Trail Crew members will also take turns performing the role of camp keeper, maintaining the camp and performing related duties.

*Weekly schedule subject to change due to weather conditions or logistical necessity.

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 Member positions $9.50/hr.

Other Benefits:

Trail training, use of our camping gear, & we provide the food while camping.

Additional Information and Application:

Mark Stanfill
Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail

Address: 220 Park Road, Caryville, TN 37714
Email: mark.stanfill@tn.gov
Direct Cell: (615) 574-5176
Main Office: (423) 566-2229 or 423-262-9853

Application Due by April 20, 2018

 

 

CT Privy One – Installed

We’d like to thank Oak Ridge Troop 328 Scout Curtis Robertson for his Eagle Project, installing CT Privy One at the Head of Sequatchie! Curtis brought a crew to perform the work on Saturday, April 29th, and finished just in time to make it to prom!

Thank you Curtis & crew for helping us out with this important milestone!

Trailhead Nursery Native Plant Sales

Plant Sale 2013 webThe FCT’s Trailhead Nursery will be selling native perennials, shrubs, and trees on Saturday, September 28 at the Louie Bluie Festival at Cove Lake and on Sunday, October 20 at Hiketoberfest on Signal Mountain.

Started this past October, Trailhead Nursery is the Friends’ project on Signal Mountain for growing native Cumberland Trail plants for use to restore recently acquired land.  Plants are being grown from seed collected on the trail for the past three years by Seasonal Interpretive Ranger Terri Ballinger and volunteers with the goal of using these plants to produce seed for repopulating the pine plantation with native keystone species essential to restoration.

Native plants being offered for sale are not restoration plants but rather plants propagated through volunteer efforts headed by nursery manager Sally Wencel. Seeds used in propagation are donated by area supporters assuring that seed stocks are of a local provenance. The nursery also benefits from plants donated by local wildflower gardeners.   In addition to nursery propagated plants (including plants propagated from plants rescued on Signal Mountain), a nice variety of native shrubs propagated by an area native plant nursery will be available for purchase.

Plants available in fall include a large selection of native azaleas (Piedmont, Flame, Swamp, Plumleaf, Piedmont, Pinxterbloom, Pink Shell) and other woodland shrubs like Sweetshrub, Hearts a-bustin’, Mapleleaf viburnum, Witch-hazel, Ninebark, Bottlebrush buckeye, Clethra, and Oakleaf hydrangea.  We also have a great stock of Cardinal flower, New England Aster, and a variety of ferns, grasses, and perennials for woodland and sunny gardens.

All proceeds from these sales goes directly to support Trailhead Nursery and the Cumberland Seeds Project.