Category Archives: Trails

Posts relating physically to trails. For example, trail closures, maintenance activities, events held at trail locations, etc.

**Trail Alerts (Updated 3/27)**

*Hamilton County:
The Montlake Road Trailhead Parking area for North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area will be closed from Tuesday, March 28th through Friday, March 31st. TDOT crews will be improving the parking area.
The trailhead will re-open on Saturday, April 1st. The Flipper Bend and Barker Pounds trailheads remain open. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

*Trailwide:
The Cumberland Trail is collecting pre-orders to get a specialty license plate started. Makes a great gift! For details, visit: https://goo.gl/3QTPww

Head of Sequatchie 2017 Open Days

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail has announced 2016 open dates for the Head of Sequatchie, site of some of the most beautiful hidden treasures of the Cumberland Trail.

  • January 21st
  • February 18th
  • March 18th
  • April 15th
  • May 20th
  • June 17th
  • July 15th
  • August 19th
  • September 16th
  • October 21st
  • November 18th
  • December 16th

Because of spotty reception in the area, relying on cellphone GPS to find the Head of Sequatchie is not recommended. See this link for thorough driving directions, as well as a map created by GIS specialist, Ranger Jim Brannon.

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Trail Alerts **Updated 3/13**

*Rhea County:
OPEN: Laurel-Snow State Natural Area is open. Work crews have removed the defunct bridge that spanned Laurel Creek. We’re looking forward to a new bridge this year!

*Hamilton County:
OPEN: Trail at North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area has re-opened after volunteers from Wild Trails helped rebuild the wooden steps near Boston Branch overlook.

*Trailwide:
The Cumberland Trail is collecting pre-orders to get a specialty license plate started. Makes a great gift! For details, visit: https://goo.gl/3QTPww

The Cumberland Trail is Seeking Candidates for Trail Crew Positions

Cumberland Trail Crew Recruitment

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail is seeking qualified candidates for a Backcountry Crew for 11 weeks starting the week of May 16th through week of July 25th. The Trail Crew will be camping & working on 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, rock steps, and other structures using hand tools and mechanical equipment in this remote area. They must work with others effectively and safely to complete trail construction & maintenance projects. The Trail Crew will share in camp chores each day. Camping overnight is required.

The work week will be 37.5 hours. The weekly schedule*:

  • Day 1 - Arrive at the office, transported to the camp location, set up camp, and build trail.
  • Day 2, 3, & 4 – Trail construction
  • Day 5 – Trail construction, break down camp, and depart for office

The Trail Crew members will also take turns performing the role of camp keeper, maintaining the camp and performing related duties.

*Weekly schedule subject to change due to weather conditions or logistical necessity.

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 Member positions $9.50/hr.

Other Benefits:

Trail training, use of our camping gear, we provide the food while camping.

To request an application or to be considered for future crew opportunies, submit the following form:

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Boiling Spring Bridge Collapse

Hikers have reported that the Boiling Spring bridge on the Rock Creek segment has collapsed.

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:

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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Reminder: Cave Closures on State Lands

Due to the occurrence of bats with white nose syndrome (WNS) in Tennessee, caves on state-owned lands are closed to the public until further notice.

TN River Gorge: Suck Creek Bridge Closed

Suck Creek bridge near Mushroom Rock is damaged and closed at this time.

Piney River: Parking Closed near Duskin Creek Bridge

To access the Piney River trail from Walden Mountain Road, park at the Newby Branch Trailhead and hike in. Walden Mountain Road between Newby Branch Trailhead and the parking area near Duskin Creek Bridge is in poor condition and not recommended.