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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

 

Hiketoberfest Event Poster 2014

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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2nd Annual Ride for the Cumberland Trail – Details Confirmed!

The 2nd Annual Ride for the Cumberland Trail has been set for Saturday, August 16th.  Check-in will be held at two locations to accommodate riders in both the East and Middle Tennessee areas.

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Volunteer Days with the AmeriCorps NCCC Delta 4 Team in Campbell County

Help extend the Cumberland Trail towards Cumberland Gap! Each Tuesday in June, volunteers are welcome to build trail side-by-side with the visiting AmeriCorps Delta 4 team. 

Volunteers will need to bring plenty of water, a packed lunch, insect repellant, sunscreen, gloves and appropriate footwear. All tools and instruction will be provided. 

Registration and logistical details are available by contacting the Cove Creek Office at 423-566-2229 or by emailing Marcianne.ODay@tn.gov
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Groups are welcome and appreciated.

June Volunteer Days at North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area

Help maintain & restore North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area!

Throughout the month of June, North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area will be closed to the public for much-needed rehabilitation & restoration work. Volunteer days to support the rehabilitation effort will be held on June 6th, 9th, 14th, 17th, 21st, 25th, and 28th.

Volunteers can sign up to help remove litter from Chickamauga Creek and surrounding rocks and lands, develop new trails as access points to the creek banks, or close current rogue trails so that the natural area grounds can be improved. Continue reading

Help Repair North Suck Creek Bridge!

Come on out and lend a hand to help repair the North Suck Creek suspension bridge! We’ll be meeting at Shackleford Ridge Park, shelter parking area at 9am on Thursday, May 29th. We’ll have two main objectives for the day:

  1. Haul 30 12-ft boards and other supplies 1/3 mile from the parking lot to North Suck Creek.
  2. Remove and replace decking on the bridge.

Two volunteers experienced with basic measurements and cuts will be a big help, other volunteers can help move materials onto the bridge. Plan to stay for two hours if you’re hauling materials, or up to six if you’d like to help complete the decking. If you will be helping to transport boards, please bring a cushion for your shoulder.
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Ride for the Cumberland Trail-August 16, 2014

Mark your calendars for this great benefit ride!

Ride for the Cumberland Trail, Saturday, August 16, 2014:

Meet at 9:00am Eastern at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, Maryville, TN or 9:30am Central at Homestead Tower, Crossville, TN.  Ride follows ridgetops, valleys, and wild landscapes of the Cumberland Plateau, including Sequatchie Valley and Grassy Cove.  Stop for unique historic features, spectacular viewpoints, and visits with musicians, rangers, and old-timers.  Conclude at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and The Shed for the evening concert.  Ride leader:  Tim Rooney.  This tour benefits Friends of the Cumberland Trail.  $30 per motorcycle.  Pre-registration encouraged! To register:  www.friendsofthecumberlandtrail.org
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Thanks to our Sponsors:

Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, Sweetwater Valley Oil Co., Fairfield Glade Homes, Bob Hamby State Farm.

And our In-Kind donors:

Tommy’s Motor Sports, Dual Sport Touring, Alcoa Good Times Power Sports.

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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

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.

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.