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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

 

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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.

***Updated*** Hiketoberfest 2012 Schedule of Events

Hiketoberfest Agenda 2012

Hiketoberfest 2012 – Directions & Maps

Shackleford Ridge County Park can be a bit tricky to find if you’re not familiar with Signal Mountain, Tennessee. Here are a few maps to help you find your way:

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Hiketoberfest 2012 – Benefit Concert for The Friends of the Cumberland Trail!

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Second Annual Hiketoberfest Coming Up October 14, 2012

Back by popular demand, the Friends of the Cumberland’s Hiketoberfest will be held on Sunday, October 14 at Shackleford Ridge County Park on Signal Mountain.  There will be guided hikes, nature talks, music, door prizes and plenty of opportunity to enjoy the Cumberland Trail.  Information will be posted here and on the Hiketoberfest Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Hiketoberfest.

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Hike-a-Thon 2011

What is the Hiketoberfest Hike-a-Thon?

October 9, the Friends of the Cumberland Trail are holding the Hiketoberfest Hike-a-Thon, the first fundraising event to kick off the Cumberland Trail Challenge. Hikers collect sponsors and pledges from family and friends and then spend the day hiking the Cumberland Trail sections in Signal Mountain.

It’s a super way to benefit the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail and gives you the opportunity to help protect the trail and its heritage while hiking and earning great prizes from generous Hike-a-Thon sponsors.

Register online, download the pledge form and get started!  Collect flat or per-mile pledges from your friends and family —  your efforts will add up fast!

Who can hike for Hike-a-Thon?

Everyone! Young and old, newbie or hardcore hiker, trail volunteer or climber, anyone who loves hiking and hiking trails can participate.

Can my family participate in Hike-a-Thon?

Yes! Just sign your family up as a team when you register.

Can I hike as part of a team for Hike-a-Thon?

Yes! Teams of two to six members are allowed in this year’s event.  When you register, simply follow the directions to register as a team.

My company wants to participate in Hike-a-Thon. Can we join as a group?

Yes! Any company can form a Hike-a-Thon Team.  A Hike-a-Thon is a great way to encourage team building and get exercise benefits as well.  Your company may even match your pledges or make a gift to the Friends of the Cumberland Trail on your behalf.  If you’d like to start a Team, email hiketoberfest2011@gmail.com.

How much hiking is involved in Hike-a-Thon?

For Hiketoberfest, there are over 8 miles within the Shackleford Ridge Park, including Edwards Point and Mushroom Rock.  (You may go to Rainbow Lake on your own, which is a separate trail, much more rigorous, not as well marked and not specifically part of Hiketoberfest).  Go to the bottom of this page to see the trails connected with the park.

What can I win?

For the Hiketoberfest, we have Camelbak bottles, bandanas and t-shirts to give away as incentives.  Stay tuned for other premiums that will be available through the Cumberland Challenge.

Is there a registration fee?

Yes. There is a $15 registration fee, which also serves as a donation to the Friends of the Cumberland Trail, a non-profit organization that supports the Cumberland Trail.

Will my participation be matched by my employer?

Many companies will match participation in cause-related events. You should check with your employer to see if your participation in Hike-a-Thon will count. Check with your HR department to see if your participation will be matched. If it is, your company’s match will count towards your Hike-a-Thon fundraising goal.

Can my company sponsor Hike-a-Thon?

Yes! Sponsorship opportunities are still available for outdoor gear companies and other businesses who want to support the event. Contact Linda Daugherty of Bobby Fulcher at 423-566-2229 for more information or email us at hiketoberfest2011@gmail.com.

Hiketoberfest Trails:

The first Challenge event takes place in the Signal Mountain section of the Cumberland Trail, including several trails with trail heads conveniently located in Shackleford Ridge Park.  Www.hikingchattanooga.com describes the 3 trails (color coded) that run through this 240 acre Hamilton County park as follows:

Level of scenic value: (1=low – 5= high)

Blue: 2

Yellow: 3

Orange: 2

Level of hiking difficulty: (1=low – 5= high)

Blue: 1

 

Yellow: 1

Orange: 3

Length of trails:

Blue Trail: 1.7 miles
Yellow Trail: 3.9 miles (includes Edwards Point overlook)
Orange Trail: 2.2 miles

Hiketoberfest 2011 Schedule

Morning:

9:00 AM- 10:00 AM –  Ken Dubke – Bird walk: Migratory Birds and Winter Residents

Location: Alexian Village

Afternoon:

MUSIC

12:00-1:00 PM – Mario Piccolo & the Carolina Hotgrazz Quartet

1:00-2:00 PM –  Mike DeFosche – Virtuoso fiddler

2:00-3:00 PM – New Art Trio – Exquisite Strings & Flute

3:00-4:00 PM – The Cumberland Band – Gospel, Banjo eloquence

4:00-4:30 PM – Fiddling Mike DeFosche and Friends

4:45-5:15 PM – Mario Piccolo & the Carolina Hotgrazz Quartet

We hope to have Sandrock Records CDs or DVDs for sale

NATURAL/CULTURAL HISTORY

Sit-down programs in the Outdoor Classroom:

12:45 PM –  “Geology of the Cumberland Plateau”  – Amy Brock-Hon

1:30 PM –  “American Chestnuts” – William White

2:15 PM –  “Insects Everywhere” – Steve Murphree

3:00 PM – “Grasses and Growing” –  Daniel Talley

3:45 PM – “Stories of the Cumberland Trail and Shackleford Ridge Park” –  Sam Powell

4:15 PM –  “Hawks and Owls” – J.R. Tinch

5:15 PM –  “Reptiles” – Diane Mullich

Field Trips

12:30 PM –  Grasses and Wild Plants, Daniel Talley

1:30 PM – Rock Walk to the Mushroom Rock, Amy Brock-Hon

2:30 PM – Chestnuts and the Forest, William White

3:30 PM – Spineless Walk , Steve Murphree

Hiketoberfest 2011

Please join us Sunday, October 9, 2011 for the inaugural “Hiketoberfest” on scenic Signal Mountain.  This event is a celebration of the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail, the Tennessee River Gorge and the natural, historical and musical traditions of the place.

The event is being held at the sparkling Shackleford Ridge County Park facility (Lat: 35.16187578314468, Long: -85.37312507629395) which serves as a terrific meeting place of the Rainbow Lake, Mushroom Rock and Edwards Point hiding trails. There are over 12 miles of trails with scenic outlooks and the marvelous geology that abounds on the Cumberland Trail.

We are inviting friends, family and corporate teams to hike the Cumberland Trail and support the Friends of the Cumberland Trail, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that supports the Cumberland Trail.  The cost to register is $15 for a full day of hiking, history, education and music.  You can use the Paypal “Buy Now” button below to pay for your registration or you can mail a check in advance to Hiketoberfest 2011, Friends of the Cumberland Trail, P O Box 337, Caryville, TN 37714.

For an informational flyer, go here.  For an Event Schedule, go to this page.  To register, go to this site.  To download a Hiketoberfest Hike-a-thon pledge form, go here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hiketoberfest?

Hiketoberfest is a fundraiser produced by the Friends of the Cumberland Trail, a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to share and preserve the ecology, history, and folklore of Tennessee’s Cumberland Trail.

What is the Cumberland Trail?

Basically, it is a historic, 300 mile hiking trail that threads its way through 11 counties in Tennessee, including state parks, natural areas, national parks, federal wildlife management areas and private land.  The Cumberland Trail extends from the Cumberland Gap in Northeast Tennessee to Signal Point in Signal Mountain.

By the Numbers:
– 2,300,000 residents live within 35 miles of a CT trailhead.
– 330,000 acres of public lands are connected by the CT corridor.
– 28,000 acres are currently under direct CT management (75% complete).
– 300 miles of hiking trails are planned.
– 170 miles of hiking trails are open.
– 35 trailhead parking areas are open.
– 6 State Natural Areas are within the CT corridor.
– 1 weekly radio program is broadcast/webcast of CT music – the only one of its kind in America -www.wdvx.com

The Friend’s challenge is: Connect it, care for if, keep it open.  Hiketoberfest is the first event in the Cumberland Challenge.  The Challenge is a larger fundraising program that will endeavor to raise funds for expanding and improving the Cumberland Trail.

Hiketoberfest celebrates hiking but also the Cumberland Trail’s immense diversity of fauna and flora, its rich musical and cultural heritage, and the breathtaking geology of Signal Mountain, the Cumberland Plateau and the Tennessee River Gorge.

To register, go to this site.