Category Archives: Coming Events

Everything you need to know about coming events.

Help Build the Trail This Summer

The Cumberland Trail is recruiting a pool of volunteers to support trail construction efforts north of Tank Springs between May 18th through the end of July, 2015. A 10-week work crew will spike camp near remote construction sites for 8 days at a time, followed by a 4-day break.

•Trailbuilders: Volunteers are welcome to assist with trailbuilding any day during the 10 week construction period. 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 spike camp near the worksite with prior arrangements. Overnight volunteers will need to provide all camp gear, 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 in groups of 2-5 are needed to hike in to the backcountry site and maintain a consistent presence for each 4 day break, watching over equipment and supplies while the construction crew is 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. This will be a great opportunity to camp in the backcountry, hike a new area before its open, and enjoy the outdoors while supporting the Cumberland Trail.

If you think you might be interested, and you'd like more details, please submit the following form:

Overnight Maintenance Event at Piney May 15th-17th, 2015

Cumberland Trail SIR Brandy Selman will be leading an overnight maintenance expedition to clear debris and cut trees through the Piney section. The event starts at 2pm on Friday May 15th and will continue until the afternoon of May 17th.

Friday (Starts at 2pm):
Meet at parking area for shuttle service
Hike from shuttle drop-off to campsite location
Safety orientation and training meeting

All-Day Saturday:
Perform routine maintenance with park staff
Return to campsite for overnight

Hike from campsite location to shuttle pickup
Shuttle to parking area

No particular level of experience is necessary, so this will be a good opportunity to hike, camp and work alongside an experienced crew of staff and volunteers. If you have backpacking equipment and would like to get involved, complete the form below to RSVP or request more information.

While the event is scheduled to begin at 2pm on 5/15, volunteers are invited to attend and help as they are available. Please specify your availability so that we can plan accordingly.
Sunday morning, the main group will break camp and hike back to the drop-off point to be shuttled back to the parking area. If you'll need to leave at a different time, please let us know so we can plan.

Register Now for Cumberland Seeds Training 2015

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Cumberland Seeds is a project that aims to preserve the biodiversity of the unique ecosystems of the Cumberland Plateau. Volunteers are needed to collect seeds and other plant material, work in Trailhead Nursery, do restoration work, and a participate in a variety of conservation activities.

The Saturday, May 9 workshop will focus on understanding plant communities, identifying seeds, and learning how to collect and save them for future use. The Saturday, August 29 workshop will focus on growing seeds in the Trailhead Nursery.

Volunteers are encouraged to attend both, and register early, as space is limited. A suggested donation of $10 will help cover cost of materials and includes a membership to the Friends of the Cumberland Trail.

Please fill out a separate form for each workshop attendee.

Training will take place at the Head of Sequatchie (near Crossville) and will focus on understanding plant communities, seed identification, collection and preservation.
Training will take place at the Trailhead Nursery in Lone Oak, TN and will focus on growing seeds.
We suggest $10 per person per workshop.

Friends of the Cumberland Trail
PO Box 337
Caryville, TN 37714

Head of Sequatchie – 2015 Schedule:

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail has announced 2015 open dates for the Head of Sequatchie, site of some of the most beautiful hidden treasures of the Cumberland Trail.

  • March 21st
  • April 25th
  • May 23rd
  • June 6th
  • July 25th
  • August 15th
  • September 5th
  • October 21st
  • November 14th
  • December 12th

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.

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

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

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


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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


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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

Groups are welcome and appreciated.