Hiketoberfest 2012 – Benefit Concert for The Friends of the Cumberland Trail!

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Tonight on The Cumberland Trail on WDVX:

Tonight’s show, beginning at 8:30pm EST will feature selections from Wade Hill presented by Bradley Hanson.  Don’t miss it!

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