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.