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(Update: March 2018): Cumberland Trail License Plate

Due to not meeting the funding goal, the Cumberland Trail License Plate campaign has ended.

Updates will be posted here and any previous pre-orders will be honored and/or refunded. Each person who has a pre-order will be contacted individually regarding all possible options. A list is being compiled now and contact will be made soon.

Possible options being discussed are:

  • Transition the current License Plate to a Front Plate (same plate but without the numbers)

  • Refund
  • A Membership to the Friends of the Cumberland Trail
  • Your Suggestion – You Tell Us

Feel free to respond to the above and direct questions to: info@friendsofthecumberlandtrail.org or 423-566-2229

 

 

–Once again an official letter will be mailed/emailed soon–

 

Notice of Public Meetings

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail will conduct a series of public meetings to share the history of the trail project and present information about upcoming trail construction. Please join us to learn, share, and comment. The Cumberland Trail offers public services and opportunities for citizen to enhance their quality of life. It is imperative that the citizens take part in these meetings to fulfill the intent of the Tennessee State Scenic Trails program.

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail will conduct public meetings on:

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Spring City Public Library Annex
169 West Rhea Ave. Spring City, TN

Friday, May 12, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Central Time
Homestead Harvest Restaurant Cumberland Mountain State Park
Conference Room A
24 Office Dr. Crossville, TN

Monday, May 15, 2017
1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Rhea County Welcome Center
107 Main St. Dayton, TN

The meetings will discuss the State Park’s intent to submit an application for to the State of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for a Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant (LWCF) and to solicit input from the citizens regarding recreational needs within the State Park, State Natural Areas, and State Scenic Trail.

The public is urged to attend. Tennessee State Parks does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap or national origin. The meeting place is handicap accessible. Any person needing special accommodations should contact Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail (423) 566-2229 prior to each of the above stated time.

Along the Trail: News & Information from the Friends of the Cumberland Trail

Along the Trail – March 2017

Sandrock Recordings featured in Knoxville News Sentinel Article

Award-winning journalist Morgan Simmons wrote an article on Sandrock Recordings that was featured on the front page of the Knoxville News Sentinel Monday morning.

Sandrock Recordings is an non-profit record label that preserves and proliferates heritage music of the Cumberland Plateau. This cultural conservation project builds on a career of fieldwork conducted by Cumberland Trail park manager Bob Fulcher and is supported by funding, resources and assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the Lyndhurst & Riverview Foundations, AmeriCorps AppalachiaCares, and many private supporters.

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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Laurel-Snow SNA: Laurel Creek Bridge Closing

The 50ft metal bridge that spans Laurel Creek has been damaged and is unsafe for crossing at this time.

The Cumberland Trail at Laurel-Snow State Natural Area

Piney River: Ladder and Bridge at Twin Rocks are closed.

The ladder at Twin Rocks is closed and unsafe. From the bottom facing the ladder, turn 180 degrees and follow the rocks to climb to the top. The bridge between the twin rocks is also rotten and unsafe. We’ll announce a re-opening when the structure is replaced.

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.

Duskin Branch Trailhead is closed to parking

The Duskin Branch Trailhead is closed to parking. The Trailhead is on a private road used primarily by log trucks and hunting lease holders managed by the owner. The owners have not previously posted against use of the road, but a bridge was washed out in the recent rainstorms, and the road to Duskin Branch Trailhead is impassable.

Hikers should use the Newby Camp trailhead parking area. This will add almost 1 mile to the day hike along Duskin Creek and Piney Creek.

Photos from the Cumberland Trail Suite

We are very grateful to Margaret and Gary Hamilton of Chattanooga for capturing and sharing these beautiful photos of the Cumberland Trail Suite event that took place on the evening of March 22nd.  Enjoy!