Help maintain & restore North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area!
Throughout the month of June, North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area will be closed to the public for much-needed rehabilitation & restoration work. Volunteer days to support the rehabilitation effort will be held on June 6th, 9th, 14th, 17th, 21st, 25th, and 28th.
Volunteers can sign up to help remove litter from Chickamauga Creek and surrounding rocks and lands, develop new trails as access points to the creek banks, or close current rogue trails so that the natural area grounds can be improved. Continue reading
Come on out and lend a hand to help repair the North Suck Creek suspension bridge! We’ll be meeting at Shackleford Ridge Park, shelter parking area at 9am on Thursday, May 29th. We’ll have two main objectives for the day:
- Haul 30 12-ft boards and other supplies 1/3 mile from the parking lot to North Suck Creek.
- Remove and replace decking on the bridge.
Two volunteers experienced with basic measurements and cuts will be a big help, other volunteers can help move materials onto the bridge. Plan to stay for two hours if you’re hauling materials, or up to six if you’d like to help complete the decking. If you will be helping to transport boards, please bring a cushion for your shoulder.
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.
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.
The 50ft metal bridge that spans Laurel Creek has been damaged and is unsafe for crossing at this time.
The Cumberland Trail at Laurel-Snow State Natural Area
The ladder at Twin Rocks is closed and unsafe. From the bottom facing the ladder, turn 180 degrees and follow the rocks to climb to the top. The bridge between the twin rocks is also rotten and unsafe. We’ll announce a re-opening when the structure is replaced.
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
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.
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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
The FCT’s Trailhead Nursery will be selling native perennials, shrubs, and trees on Saturday, September 28 at the Louie Bluie Festival at Cove Lake and on Sunday, October 20 at Hiketoberfest on Signal Mountain.
Started this past October, Trailhead Nursery is the Friends’ project on Signal Mountain for growing native Cumberland Trail plants for use to restore recently acquired land. Plants are being grown from seed collected on the trail for the past three years by Seasonal Interpretive Ranger Terri Ballinger and volunteers with the goal of using these plants to produce seed for repopulating the pine plantation with native keystone species essential to restoration.
Native plants being offered for sale are not restoration plants but rather plants propagated through volunteer efforts headed by nursery manager Sally Wencel. Seeds used in propagation are donated by area supporters assuring that seed stocks are of a local provenance. The nursery also benefits from plants donated by local wildflower gardeners. In addition to nursery propagated plants (including plants propagated from plants rescued on Signal Mountain), a nice variety of native shrubs propagated by an area native plant nursery will be available for purchase.
Plants available in fall include a large selection of native azaleas (Piedmont, Flame, Swamp, Plumleaf, Piedmont, Pinxterbloom, Pink Shell) and other woodland shrubs like Sweetshrub, Hearts a-bustin’, Mapleleaf viburnum, Witch-hazel, Ninebark, Bottlebrush buckeye, Clethra, and Oakleaf hydrangea. We also have a great stock of Cardinal flower, New England Aster, and a variety of ferns, grasses, and perennials for woodland and sunny gardens.
All proceeds from these sales goes directly to support Trailhead Nursery and the Cumberland Seeds Project.
When: National Trails Day June 1st, 2013 at 8 AM CST
Where: Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail, Black Mountain Trail head
Come join Kenneth Mathews for a hike of Black mountain on National Trails Day at the trail head located there. The hike is a moderate hike about 3.5 miles from the top of Black Mountain to the trailhead on highway 68. Please make your own arrangements to carpool to get back to the top from Highway 68. Bring food or any water required for the hike. You can access the trail head from I-40 at the 327 exit and follow the signs to the trail head. If you wish to carpool to the top and leave a vehicle at the highway 68 crossing do so in advance and make your own arrangements.