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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.

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!

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.

4th Annual Ride for the Cumberland Trail Registration is Open!!

Join us for the fourth annual Ride for the Cumberland Trail, Saturday, August 6–a motorcycle tour to benefit the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail. Motorcyclists will enjoy an exploration of the scenic wonders along the route of the Cumberland Trail, with stops at the historic Cumberland Homesteads Museum, Head of Sequatchie, Dunlap Coke Ovens, and more. The event includes prizes donated by area businesses, snacks, and walks with park rangers. Experienced leaders will guide the motorcyclists along the sweeping roads, through fantastic scenery of forest, fields, streams, and mountains. Optional evening activities include dinner and concert at The Smokehouse ($7 meal deal from The Smokehouse/$10 per concert ticket).

Meeting time and place:

Registration: 9:00am Eastern
Kickstands up: 9:45am Eastern.

Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson
1820 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.
Maryville, TN 37801

If you’re coming from the west you can meet us at our first stop at the Cumberland Homesteads Tower Museum in Crossville, Tennessee. We plan to arrive around 9:45am Central (10:45am Eastern).

Cumberland Homesteads Tower Museum
96 Highway 68, Crossville, TN 38555

Located 4 miles south of Crossville, TN at the junction of Highways 127S and 68.

Suggested donation is $25 per motorcycle in advance, $30 day of ride.

**Passengers and non-motorcycle drivers are welcome to attend with a donation.

Ride for the Cumberland Trail 2016

Driver Information:

Passenger Information

Supper Reservations:

We'll be enjoying a meal and a concert at The Smokehouse after the ride. If you'd like us to make a reservation for you and your passenger, let us know. Meal cost & concert admission is not included with the registration donation, but The Smokehouse has offered a $7 meal deal, and you can always order off the regular menu. The concert is $10 per person at the door.

Registration Donation:

$

After you click "submit" you'll be redirected to PayPal to complete your registration donation. We'll be in touch with more event details soon.

To complete your registration, send your donation check to:
Friends of the Cumberland Trail
Ride for the Cumberland Trail Registration
220 Park Road
Caryville, TN 37714.

Once your check is received, you will receive a confirmation email to complete your registration

Questions, Comments, or Additional Information?:

Sending

 

 

Event Sponsors Include:

Bob Hamby - State Farm Insurance

Bob Hamby – State Farm Insurance

Ride for the Cumberland Trail Sat., Aug. 22, 2015

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What:
Join us for the third annual Ride for the Cumberland Trail, Saturday, August 22–a motorcycle tour to benefit the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail. Motorcyclists will enjoy an exploration of the scenic wonders along the route of the Cumberland Trail, with stops at Black Mountain and Obed Wild and Scenic River. The event includes prizes donated by area businesses, snacks, walks with Park Rangers, and admission to the evening concert at The Shed. Experienced leaders will guide the motorcyclists along the sweeping roads, through fantastic scenery of forest, fields, streams, and mountains.

Meeting time and place: Registration: 9:00am Eastern Time at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Maryville, TN 37801. Kickstands up: 10:00am.

To register: Submit the form below. Suggested donation is $30 per motorcycle in advance, $35 day of ride.

Ride for the Cumberland Trail 2015

Ride for the Cumberland Trail 2015

Driver Information:

Passenger Information

Supper Reservations:

We'll be enjoying a meal at Stinker's BBQ after the ride. If you'd like us to make a reservation for you and your passenger, let us know. Meal cost is not included with the registration donation.

Registration Donation:

$

After you click "submit" you'll be redirected to PayPal to complete your registration donation. We'll be in touch with more event details soon.

To complete your registration, send your donation check to:
Friends of the Cumberland Trail
Ride for the Cumberland Trail Registration
220 Park Road
Caryville, TN 37714.

Once your check is received, you will receive a confirmation email to complete your registration

Questions, Comments, or Additional Information?:

Sending

 

Help Build the Trail This Summer

The Cumberland Trail is recruiting a pool of volunteers to support trail construction efforts in Claiborne County this summer. Trail crews will spike camp near Speedwell, Tennessee, and construction will take place 7 days a week through mid-August. Approximately two miles of new trail will be built on each side of the camp. Because the spike camp and work site are at the top of the ridgeline and access is difficult, volunteers with 4WD vehicles that can handle rough access road conditions are especially needed.

Trailbuilders:

Trailbuilding volunteers will need long pants, long sleeves and sturdy footwear (no sandals), suitable rain gear, a sack lunch, and plenty of water. A safety/training orientation will be provided, so no prior experience is required. The park will supply all trailbuildling tools, including workgloves, if needed. Volunteers who wish to work over multiple days, are welcome to camp near the worksite with prior arrangements. Overnight volunteers will need to provide all camp gear and food for their stay. If you're not sure if you have the right gear, contact us using the form below and we'll discuss options.

Campkeepers:

Volunteers are also needed to maintain a consistent presence at the backcountry campsite, watching over equipment and supplies while the construction crew and rangers are away. Volunteers will need to provide their own food and gear but will have access to spike camp amenities including a group shelter, chairs, table and water. Small groups are welcome to come for hiking, provided one or two members stay at the camp for security.

Transportation & Volunteer Shuttle Service:

  • Trailbuilding volunteers with 4WD vehicles who can manage their own transportation to and from the worksite are welcome to assist with trailbuilding any day with advance notice. Schedules may vary by day, but work typically begins at 7 or 8am and ends around 4:00pm.
  • Campkeeper scheduling is flexible for volunteers with 4WD transportation.
  • Volunteers without 4WD vehicles can be accommodated for multi-day stretches of trailbuilding or campkeeping on a limited basis. Shuttle service from the Cumberland Trail Headquarters at Cove Lake State Park to the worksite is scheduled for Fridays at 3pm. Shuttle service from the construction site back to the Cumberland Trail Headquarters will arrive at Cove Lake State Park on Saturdays and Sundays by 4pm. Four volunteers can be accommodated for each shuttle run. Other shuttle schedules may be possible with advance notice on a limited basis.

NOTICE:

The Rogers Gap Road rendezvous point is on private property at the foot of the mountain. No vehicles or equipment can be left at this site. If it can’t come up the mountain, it has to stay behind at Cove Lake State Park.

ALCOHOL:

We are camping and working on Tennessee State Park property. Park rules apply. There is no alcohol permitted in the base camp.

If you think you might be interested, and you'd like more details, please submit the following form. The park office will contact you to coordinate logistics and scheduling:

Volunteer Training for Cumberland Seeds

Two dates have been set for Volunteer Training for the Cumberland Seeds project:  Saturday, May 9 at Head of Sequatchie, and Saturday, August 29 at Trailhead Nursery, Signal Mtn., TN.  Sessions will be given by Park staff, FCT Board members, and guest instructors on a variety of topics from seed collecting to databasing to nursery work and more.  Stay tuned for details.  Contact Jeanie Hilten at millerscove@goldsword.com

New Volunteer Days Announced for Campbell County

Help build the Cumberland Trail in Campbell County! With advance notice, volunteers (ages 18 and older), are welcome to join the Cumberland Trail work crew to help build trail in LaFollette, Tennessee.

Planned dates include: Feb 28th, Mar 14th, Mar 28th, Apr 4th, Apr 11th, Apr 18th

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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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