Help Build the Trail This Summer

The Cumberland Trail is recruiting a pool of volunteers to support trail construction efforts in Claiborne County this summer. Trail crews will spike camp near Speedwell, Tennessee, and construction will take place 7 days a week through mid-August. Approximately two miles of new trail will be built on each side of the camp. Because the spike camp and work site are at the top of the ridgeline and access is difficult, volunteers with 4WD vehicles that can handle rough access road conditions are especially needed.

Trailbuilders:

Trailbuilding volunteers will need long pants, long sleeves and sturdy footwear (no sandals), suitable rain gear, a sack lunch, and plenty of water. A safety/training orientation will be provided, so no prior experience is required. The park will supply all trailbuildling tools, including workgloves, if needed. Volunteers who wish to work over multiple days, are welcome to camp near the worksite with prior arrangements. Overnight volunteers will need to provide all camp gear and food for their stay. If you're not sure if you have the right gear, contact us using the form below and we'll discuss options.

Campkeepers:

Volunteers are also needed to maintain a consistent presence at the backcountry campsite, watching over equipment and supplies while the construction crew and rangers are away. Volunteers will need to provide their own food and gear but will have access to spike camp amenities including a group shelter, chairs, table and water. Small groups are welcome to come for hiking, provided one or two members stay at the camp for security.

Transportation & Volunteer Shuttle Service:

  • Trailbuilding volunteers with 4WD vehicles who can manage their own transportation to and from the worksite are welcome to assist with trailbuilding any day with advance notice. Schedules may vary by day, but work typically begins at 7 or 8am and ends around 4:00pm.
  • Campkeeper scheduling is flexible for volunteers with 4WD transportation.
  • Volunteers without 4WD vehicles can be accommodated for multi-day stretches of trailbuilding or campkeeping on a limited basis. Shuttle service from the Cumberland Trail Headquarters at Cove Lake State Park to the worksite is scheduled for Fridays at 3pm. Shuttle service from the construction site back to the Cumberland Trail Headquarters will arrive at Cove Lake State Park on Saturdays and Sundays by 4pm. Four volunteers can be accommodated for each shuttle run. Other shuttle schedules may be possible with advance notice on a limited basis.

NOTICE:

The Rogers Gap Road rendezvous point is on private property at the foot of the mountain. No vehicles or equipment can be left at this site. If it can’t come up the mountain, it has to stay behind at Cove Lake State Park.

ALCOHOL:

We are camping and working on Tennessee State Park property. Park rules apply. There is no alcohol permitted in the base camp.

If you think you might be interested, and you'd like more details, please submit the following form. The park office will contact you to coordinate logistics and scheduling:

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