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
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