Get Ready for Louie Bluie 2012 with The Cumberland Trail on WDVX


The Louie Bluie music festival is coming up September 29th at Cove Lake State Park in Caryville, TN.  For this week’s show, we’ll listen to a BRAND NEW program that features performances from Cumberland Trail favorites who have or will perform at the Louie Bluie festival.  Join us Sunday, September 16th at 8:30pm on WDVX 89.9 Clinton/102.0 Knoxville!

Second Annual Hiketoberfest Coming Up October 14, 2012

Back by popular demand, the Friends of the Cumberland’s Hiketoberfest will be held on Sunday, October 14 at Shackleford Ridge County Park on Signal Mountain.  There will be guided hikes, nature talks, music, door prizes and plenty of opportunity to enjoy the Cumberland Trail.  Information will be posted here and on the Hiketoberfest Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Hiketoberfest.

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The Cumberland Trail Celebrates National Trails Day

The Cumberland Trail celebrated National Trails Day by hosting a reunion of trail builders on June 2nd, 2012 at Cove Lake State Park.   The all-day event brought together a host of volunteers, park staff and administration who have been involved in building The Cumberland Trail from its inception to the present day.  The day’s activities included a guided group hike to The Devil’s Racetrack, good food, live music, and collection of historic documents and reminiscences from trail builders throughout our history.

Enjoy these event photos featuring trail builders past and present:

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

[Update: Fire Ban has been Discontinued] Backcountry Fire Ban in Effect for All Tennessee State Parks

The Tennessee State Parks System has issued a temporary ban on backcountry campfires in all state parks, including all parts of The Cumberland Trail.  The ban is effective June 29th, 2012 until further notice.  Please see news.tn.gov for details.

New Online Trailhead Overnight Parking Registration Process

Are you planning to stay the overnight at a campsite on the trail?  If so, please use the new trailhead parking registration process on this site.  By registering in advance, the CT park rangers will know that your car isn’t abandoned and that a hiking party is out on the trail.  Simply go to this page (http://www.friendsofthecumberlandtrail.org/camping/) and submit your form and the CT staff will get your information.

Introducing…Your Latest Host for The Cumberland Trail on WDVX 89.9 Clinton/102.9 Knoxville

Hi Friends! I’d like to take this chance to introduce myself. My name is Marcianne O’Day and I’m your weekly host for The Cumberland Trail radio show on WDVX throughout 2012.  For my day job, I work for the show’s originator Bob Fulcher at The Cumberland Trail offices.  Bob spends his days (and many of his nights) as a ranger, tirelessly managing the building and maintenance of the 300 miles that will make up the completed trail. I spend my days managing the trail’s audio/visual archives and providing media services.  I also have a hand in the forthcoming record-label that will make many of the exclusive and priceless records from these archives available for purchase– so stay tuned for more news on that. Continue reading

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.