National Trails Day Hike – Black Mountain in Cumberland County

Please join us for a National Trails Day hike along the Cumberland Trail in Cumberland County.  June 1st 2013 – 8:00 AM CDT. Meet at the paved Black Mountain Trail Head on top of the Mountain. This hike will be led by Ranger Ken Mathews. Please make arrangements to carpool back to your vehicles from the Hwy 68 Trailhead. This is a moderate hike of about 3.5 miles so bring water, snacks or other items you may need. It should take 3 to 4 hours depending on the speed of the group. We will stop near Windlass Cave for a break, from there we will continue on a section of newly built trail, courtesy of the Cumberland Trail Conference volunteers and staff. This new section of trail is across a private property easement, so hikers will need to stay on the trail while crossing this section of the Cumberland Trail.

Duskin Branch Trailhead is closed to parking

The Duskin Branch Trailhead is closed to parking. The Trailhead is on a private road used primarily by log trucks and hunting lease holders managed by the owner. The owners have not previously posted against use of the road, but a bridge was washed out in the recent rainstorms, and the road to Duskin Branch Trailhead is impassable.

Hikers should use the Newby Camp trailhead parking area. This will add almost 1 mile to the day hike along Duskin Creek and Piney Creek.

Driving Directions to the Head of Sequatchie

For driving directions to the Head of Sequatchie: Bing Maps

Photos from the Cumberland Trail Suite

We are very grateful to Margaret and Gary Hamilton of Chattanooga for capturing and sharing these beautiful photos of the Cumberland Trail Suite event that took place on the evening of March 22nd.  Enjoy!

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

An Extraordinary Concert of the Music and Musicians of the Cumberlands:

Mark your calendars for a special benefit concert, hosted by Grammy Award winners Tim O’Brien, and Rhiannon Giddens (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops).  The concert takes place at the historic Tivoli Theater in downtown Chattanooga and features stunning musical performances and spoken word from a variety of Cumberland Plateau musicians.

General Admission is $20; VIP Ticket Package is $100, supports the Cumberland Trail and includes a gala reception and up front seating Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 423-757-5050. Tickets may also be purchased online by clicking here.

Friday March 22, 2013
Tivoli Theater – Downtown Chattanooga
Exhibits open at 6:30pm
Concert: 7:30 – 10:00pm

More details coming soon.

Map to the Tivoli Theater

Event flyer

Biographies of the Musical Performers

Purchase your tickets here

Soddy Creek Section Warning

A temporary structure crossing Deep Creek is not open for public use. Do not cross the creek on this bridge.  Water may be too high for a creek crossing, requiring hikers to backtrack. A permanent bridge is planned for construction at this site.

The Cumberland Trail on WDVX – Tonight!

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

***Updated*** Hiketoberfest 2012 Schedule of Events

Hiketoberfest Agenda 2012

Hiketoberfest 2012 – Directions & Maps

Shackleford Ridge County Park can be a bit tricky to find if you’re not familiar with Signal Mountain, Tennessee. Here are a few maps to help you find your way:

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