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.
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.
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!
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.
Crew Leader position: $10.00/hr. to $11.00/hr.
Crew Member positions $7.74/hr. to $9.50/hr.
Training, use of camping gear, food while camping
Additional Information and Application Contact:
Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail
Main Office – (423) 566-2229
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
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:
- Haul 30 12-ft boards and other supplies 1/3 mile from the parking lot to North Suck Creek.
- 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.