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Everything you need to know about coming events.

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!

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.