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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!

Tonight on The Cumberland Trail on WDVX:

Tonight’s show, beginning at 8:30pm EST will feature selections from Wade Hill presented by Bradley Hanson.  Don’t miss it!

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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[Update: Fire Ban has been Discontinued] Backcountry Fire Ban in Effect for All Tennessee State Parks

The Tennessee State Parks System has issued a temporary ban on backcountry campfires in all state parks, including all parts of The Cumberland Trail.  The ban is effective June 29th, 2012 until further notice.  Please see news.tn.gov for details.

New Online Trailhead Overnight Parking Registration Process

Are you planning to stay the overnight at a campsite on the trail?  If so, please use the new trailhead parking registration process on this site.  By registering in advance, the CT park rangers will know that your car isn’t abandoned and that a hiking party is out on the trail.  Simply go to this page (http://www.friendsofthecumberlandtrail.org/camping/) and submit your form and the CT staff will get your information.