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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.

Gallery

Thank You for Joining us for the Ride for the Cumberland Trail!

This gallery contains 17 photos.

On Saturday, October 26th a group of intrepid motorcyclists gathered to enjoy a 166-mile ride through gorgeous fall color.  We’re grateful to all participants who made our first Ride for the Cumberland Trail an incredible success. Here are a few … Continue reading

Magnificent Seeds – A conference to support the Cumberland Seeds Project

The Friends of the Cumberland Trail organization is sponsoring this gathering of wildflower enthusiasts, gardeners, botanist, ecologist, and public land managers to expand the work of the Cumberland Seeds Project.

Magnificent Seeds Conference

The Cumberland Trail on WDVX – Tonight!

It’s that time again! Join us tonight for a classic episode of The Cumberland Trail on WDVX!

Trail Builders Reunion at Cove Lake State Park – June 2, 2012

Hike-a-Thon 2011

What is the Hiketoberfest Hike-a-Thon?

October 9, the Friends of the Cumberland Trail are holding the Hiketoberfest Hike-a-Thon, the first fundraising event to kick off the Cumberland Trail Challenge. Hikers collect sponsors and pledges from family and friends and then spend the day hiking the Cumberland Trail sections in Signal Mountain.

It’s a super way to benefit the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail and gives you the opportunity to help protect the trail and its heritage while hiking and earning great prizes from generous Hike-a-Thon sponsors.

Register online, download the pledge form and get started!  Collect flat or per-mile pledges from your friends and family —  your efforts will add up fast!

Who can hike for Hike-a-Thon?

Everyone! Young and old, newbie or hardcore hiker, trail volunteer or climber, anyone who loves hiking and hiking trails can participate.

Can my family participate in Hike-a-Thon?

Yes! Just sign your family up as a team when you register.

Can I hike as part of a team for Hike-a-Thon?

Yes! Teams of two to six members are allowed in this year’s event.  When you register, simply follow the directions to register as a team.

My company wants to participate in Hike-a-Thon. Can we join as a group?

Yes! Any company can form a Hike-a-Thon Team.  A Hike-a-Thon is a great way to encourage team building and get exercise benefits as well.  Your company may even match your pledges or make a gift to the Friends of the Cumberland Trail on your behalf.  If you’d like to start a Team, email hiketoberfest2011@gmail.com.

How much hiking is involved in Hike-a-Thon?

For Hiketoberfest, there are over 8 miles within the Shackleford Ridge Park, including Edwards Point and Mushroom Rock.  (You may go to Rainbow Lake on your own, which is a separate trail, much more rigorous, not as well marked and not specifically part of Hiketoberfest).  Go to the bottom of this page to see the trails connected with the park.

What can I win?

For the Hiketoberfest, we have Camelbak bottles, bandanas and t-shirts to give away as incentives.  Stay tuned for other premiums that will be available through the Cumberland Challenge.

Is there a registration fee?

Yes. There is a $15 registration fee, which also serves as a donation to the Friends of the Cumberland Trail, a non-profit organization that supports the Cumberland Trail.

Will my participation be matched by my employer?

Many companies will match participation in cause-related events. You should check with your employer to see if your participation in Hike-a-Thon will count. Check with your HR department to see if your participation will be matched. If it is, your company’s match will count towards your Hike-a-Thon fundraising goal.

Can my company sponsor Hike-a-Thon?

Yes! Sponsorship opportunities are still available for outdoor gear companies and other businesses who want to support the event. Contact Linda Daugherty of Bobby Fulcher at 423-566-2229 for more information or email us at hiketoberfest2011@gmail.com.

Hiketoberfest Trails:

The first Challenge event takes place in the Signal Mountain section of the Cumberland Trail, including several trails with trail heads conveniently located in Shackleford Ridge Park.  Www.hikingchattanooga.com describes the 3 trails (color coded) that run through this 240 acre Hamilton County park as follows:

Level of scenic value: (1=low – 5= high)

Blue: 2

Yellow: 3

Orange: 2

Level of hiking difficulty: (1=low – 5= high)

Blue: 1

 

Yellow: 1

Orange: 3

Length of trails:

Blue Trail: 1.7 miles
Yellow Trail: 3.9 miles (includes Edwards Point overlook)
Orange Trail: 2.2 miles

Hiketoberfest 2011 Schedule

Morning:

9:00 AM- 10:00 AM –  Ken Dubke – Bird walk: Migratory Birds and Winter Residents

Location: Alexian Village

Afternoon:

MUSIC

12:00-1:00 PM – Mario Piccolo & the Carolina Hotgrazz Quartet

1:00-2:00 PM –  Mike DeFosche – Virtuoso fiddler

2:00-3:00 PM – New Art Trio – Exquisite Strings & Flute

3:00-4:00 PM – The Cumberland Band – Gospel, Banjo eloquence

4:00-4:30 PM – Fiddling Mike DeFosche and Friends

4:45-5:15 PM – Mario Piccolo & the Carolina Hotgrazz Quartet

We hope to have Sandrock Records CDs or DVDs for sale

NATURAL/CULTURAL HISTORY

Sit-down programs in the Outdoor Classroom:

12:45 PM –  “Geology of the Cumberland Plateau”  – Amy Brock-Hon

1:30 PM –  “American Chestnuts” – William White

2:15 PM –  “Insects Everywhere” – Steve Murphree

3:00 PM – “Grasses and Growing” –  Daniel Talley

3:45 PM – “Stories of the Cumberland Trail and Shackleford Ridge Park” –  Sam Powell

4:15 PM –  “Hawks and Owls” – J.R. Tinch

5:15 PM –  “Reptiles” – Diane Mullich

Field Trips

12:30 PM –  Grasses and Wild Plants, Daniel Talley

1:30 PM – Rock Walk to the Mushroom Rock, Amy Brock-Hon

2:30 PM – Chestnuts and the Forest, William White

3:30 PM – Spineless Walk , Steve Murphree

Hiketoberfest 2011

Please join us Sunday, October 9, 2011 for the inaugural “Hiketoberfest” on scenic Signal Mountain.  This event is a celebration of the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail, the Tennessee River Gorge and the natural, historical and musical traditions of the place.

The event is being held at the sparkling Shackleford Ridge County Park facility (Lat: 35.16187578314468, Long: -85.37312507629395) which serves as a terrific meeting place of the Rainbow Lake, Mushroom Rock and Edwards Point hiding trails. There are over 12 miles of trails with scenic outlooks and the marvelous geology that abounds on the Cumberland Trail.

We are inviting friends, family and corporate teams to hike the Cumberland Trail and support the Friends of the Cumberland Trail, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that supports the Cumberland Trail.  The cost to register is $15 for a full day of hiking, history, education and music.  You can use the Paypal “Buy Now” button below to pay for your registration or you can mail a check in advance to Hiketoberfest 2011, Friends of the Cumberland Trail, P O Box 337, Caryville, TN 37714.

For an informational flyer, go here.  For an Event Schedule, go to this page.  To register, go to this site.  To download a Hiketoberfest Hike-a-thon pledge form, go here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hiketoberfest?

Hiketoberfest is a fundraiser produced by the Friends of the Cumberland Trail, a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to share and preserve the ecology, history, and folklore of Tennessee’s Cumberland Trail.

What is the Cumberland Trail?

Basically, it is a historic, 300 mile hiking trail that threads its way through 11 counties in Tennessee, including state parks, natural areas, national parks, federal wildlife management areas and private land.  The Cumberland Trail extends from the Cumberland Gap in Northeast Tennessee to Signal Point in Signal Mountain.

By the Numbers:
– 2,300,000 residents live within 35 miles of a CT trailhead.
– 330,000 acres of public lands are connected by the CT corridor.
– 28,000 acres are currently under direct CT management (75% complete).
– 300 miles of hiking trails are planned.
– 170 miles of hiking trails are open.
– 35 trailhead parking areas are open.
– 6 State Natural Areas are within the CT corridor.
– 1 weekly radio program is broadcast/webcast of CT music – the only one of its kind in America -www.wdvx.com

The Friend’s challenge is: Connect it, care for if, keep it open.  Hiketoberfest is the first event in the Cumberland Challenge.  The Challenge is a larger fundraising program that will endeavor to raise funds for expanding and improving the Cumberland Trail.

Hiketoberfest celebrates hiking but also the Cumberland Trail’s immense diversity of fauna and flora, its rich musical and cultural heritage, and the breathtaking geology of Signal Mountain, the Cumberland Plateau and the Tennessee River Gorge.

To register, go to this site.

 

Head of Sequatchie Bird Survey 12/23/2010

Thanks again for making it possible for Barbara H. Stedman and Brenda K. Curtis to
access the Head of Sequatchie property as part of the Crossville Christmas Bird Count.
Stephen J. Stedman
Professor Emeritus
Tenn. Tech. Univ.

Here is a list of what they recorded on the property from 0900-1039 CST on 23 December 2010:

Red-tailed Hawk  2
Eastern Screech-Owl  1
Barred Owl  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  7
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  20
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  3
Winter Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
Eastern Bluebird  8
Hermit Thrush  4
Brown Thrasher  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  9
Eastern Towhee  2
Chipping Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  25
Song Sparrow  10
White-throated Sparrow  15
Northern Cardinal  6
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  5
These 29 species observed

2010 River Rescue

Tennessee River Rescue, October 2, 2010

The 22nd Annual Tennessee River Rescue will occur between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 2nd throughout Hamilton County. The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail will be particpating in the Tennessee River Rescue Event with a planned cleanup at the new Roaring Creek area of the Cumberland Trail SST. This site will be the first site that the River Rescue will host in Rhea County. For more information:  www.tennesseeriverrescue.com

Directions to Roaring Creek /Graysville Mountian Cleanup Site:

The Roaring Creek Site is located about 1.6 miles up Pikeville Avenue/Brayton Mountain Road from the Highway 303 turn off  just a few miles south of Dayton.

River Rescue Roaring Creek Event Map

Tennessee River Rescue Roaring Creek Cleanup.

This event was held on Saturday October 2, 2010 with over 60 people attending. The people from Graysville and the surrounding area were there to
make this a very successful cleanup effort. Over two hundred pounds of litter and other refuge, including tires, was collected. The Boy Scouts of America were
well represented by Troops 210 and 213 along with Cub Scout Troops 3213 and 3020. A best piece of trash contest was held with the winners being
Bobby and James Cannon with a set of old style bottles. The Cumberland Trail would like to thank all those who attended and made this event a big success.
A special thanks going out the Graysville Fire Department and the people of Graysville for there generous participation in this cleanup effort.