Friends of the Cumberland Trail Host 2nd Annual Ride for the Cumberland Trail Benefit: Riders Enjoy the Natural, Cultural and Geologic History of Cumberland Plateau Sites


Jeanie Hilten

Crossville, Tenn. – On Saturday, August 16th, motorcyclists from across Tennessee and Kentucky participated in a unique motorcycle tour and rally across the Cumberland Plateau in support of the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail. Thirty-one riders began the day with at the Cumberland Homesteads Tower Museum in Crossville, Tennessee, and continued on through the Sequatchie Valley with stops at the Head of Sequatchie and Grassy Cove.

At each stop, Cumberland Trail staff and volunteers gave presentations about the natural, cultural and geologic features of the region. Riders learned about the history of the Cumberland Homesteads Project, a New Deal experiment in cooperative living, and the history of Devilstep Hollow Cave at the Head of Sequatchie, site of the most elaborate cave art in the United States. Lunch was hosted by the Pig N Catch in Pikeville, TN . Next the motorcyclists explored back roads into Grassy Cove, the enclosed valley and sinkhole that covers over 5 square miles of scenic, historic, and biologically-rich lands.

After the ride, participants enjoyed a barbeque supper from Stinker’s Bar-B-Que Shack and an evening concert at the Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson in Maryville, Tennessee. The ride was sponsored by regional businesses, including Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, Fairfield Glade Homes, Sweetwater Valley Oil and Bob Hamby State Farm. Tommy’s Motorsports, Dual Sport Touring, Alcoa Good Times Power Sports and Diamond Gusset Jeans donated door prizes to support the event.

The Friends of the Cumberland Trail work to preserve and protect the environmental, cultural, and historical resources of the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail corridor, to provide related educational opportunities, and to support park needs. To learn more about the Cumberland Trail, visit: To learn more about the Friends of the Cumberland Trail, visit:

2nd Annual Ride for the Cumberland Trail Participants

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