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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

2016 Fall Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee

Cumberland Trail Photography Project Director and Lead Photographer Peter Koczera was on hand to document the 26th Annual Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee. This annual event, put on by the Tennessee Park Rangers Association and Tennessee State Parks, raises critical funding that supports maintenance of the Cumberland Trail. To learn more, visit http://www.thebrat.org.

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 Build the Trail This Summer

The Cumberland Trail is recruiting a pool of volunteers to support trail construction efforts in Claiborne County this summer. Trail crews will spike camp near Speedwell, Tennessee, and construction will take place 7 days a week through mid-August. Approximately two miles of new trail will be built on each side of the camp. Because the spike camp and work site are at the top of the ridgeline and access is difficult, volunteers with 4WD vehicles that can handle rough access road conditions are especially needed.

Trailbuilders:

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 camp near the worksite with prior arrangements. Overnight volunteers will need to provide all camp gear and 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 are also needed to maintain a consistent presence at the backcountry campsite, watching over equipment and supplies while the construction crew and rangers are 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. Small groups are welcome to come for hiking, provided one or two members stay at the camp for security.

Transportation & Volunteer Shuttle Service:

  • Trailbuilding volunteers with 4WD vehicles who can manage their own transportation to and from the worksite are welcome to assist with trailbuilding any day with advance notice. Schedules may vary by day, but work typically begins at 7 or 8am and ends around 4:00pm.
  • Campkeeper scheduling is flexible for volunteers with 4WD transportation.
  • Volunteers without 4WD vehicles can be accommodated for multi-day stretches of trailbuilding or campkeeping on a limited basis. Shuttle service from the Cumberland Trail Headquarters at Cove Lake State Park to the worksite is scheduled for Fridays at 3pm. Shuttle service from the construction site back to the Cumberland Trail Headquarters will arrive at Cove Lake State Park on Saturdays and Sundays by 4pm. Four volunteers can be accommodated for each shuttle run. Other shuttle schedules may be possible with advance notice on a limited basis.

NOTICE:

The Rogers Gap Road rendezvous point is on private property at the foot of the mountain. No vehicles or equipment can be left at this site. If it can’t come up the mountain, it has to stay behind at Cove Lake State Park.

ALCOHOL:

We are camping and working on Tennessee State Park property. Park rules apply. There is no alcohol permitted in the base camp.

If you think you might be interested, and you'd like more details, please submit the following form. The park office will contact you to coordinate logistics and scheduling:

SUMMER 2015 TRAIL CREW POSITIONS

Summer-Recruitment

CUMBERLAND TRAIL STATE SCENIC TRAIL
TENNESSEE STATE PARKS

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail is seeking qualified candidates for a Backcountry Crew for 10 weeks in May – July. The Trail Crew will be in the Cumberland Mountain Segment located 40 miles North of Knoxville in Campbell & Claiborne Counties. The Cumberland Trail (CT) will be a 330 mile hiking trail from the Cumberland Gap at the Virginia/Kentucky/Tennessee state corner to Signal Point near Chattanooga. An estimated 120 miles are remaining with completion date by 2019. You can help us reach our goal!

Job Description:
Trail Crew Member will construct new hiking trail, foot bridges, rock steps and other structures using hand tools and mechanical equipment in remote areas. They must work with others on the Trail Crew effectively and safely to complete trail construction & maintenance projects. The Trail Crew will require camping overnight in remote locations along the CT corridor.

Trail Crew Leader will do the same work as Trail Crew Members, with additional responsibilities. The Leader will have oversight in assigning tasks on the trail and in camp. Other responsibilities include working with supervisor to coordinate trail and camp logistics; ensure safety procedures are followed in trail work & camp; and assist with all administrative work for the Trail Crew.

Skills & Abilities:
Aptitude for physical work in the back country; effectively work and communicate with others, comfortable working and living in the backcountry for days at a time.

Wages:
Crew Leader position: $10.00/hr. to $11.00/hr.
Crew Member positions $7.74/hr. to $9.50/hr.

Other Benefits:
Training, use of camping gear, food while camping

Additional Information and Application Contact:
Mark Stanfill
Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail
mark.stanfill@tn.gov
Main Office – (423) 566-2229

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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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.