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Hiring: Summer 2020 Trail Crew

SPRING & SUMMER 2020 TRAIL CREW POSITIONS – CUMBERLAND TRAIL STATE SCENIC TRAIL – TENNESSEE STATE PARKS

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail is seeking qualified candidates for a 12 Week Backcountry Trail Crew starting the week of May 11th through week of July 31st.

The Trail Crew will be working/camping near the Cumberland Mountain Segment located 40 miles North of Knoxville in Campbell & Claiborne Counties.

The Cumberland Trail (CT) will be a 330 mile hiking trail from the Cumberland Gap at the Virginia/Kentucky/Tennessee state corner to Signal Point near Chattanooga.

An estimated 100 miles are remaining and you can help us close that gap!

Job Description:

Trail Crew Members will construct new hiking trail, rock steps, and other structures using hand tools and mechanical equipment in this remote area. They must work with others effectively and safely to complete trail construction & maintenance projects. The Trail Crew will share in camp chores each day. Camping overnight is required.

A full time work week is 37.5 hours.

The weekly schedule:

Day 1 – Arrive at the office, transported to the camp location, set up camp, and trail construction.

Day 2 & 3 – Trail construction

Day – 4 Trail construction, break down camp, and depart for office

The Trail Crew members will also take turns performing the role of camp keeper, maintaining the camp and performing related duties.

*Weekly schedule subject to change due to weather conditions or logistical necessity.

Skills & Abilities:

Aptitude for physical work in the back country; effectively work and communicate with others, comfortable working and living in the backcountry for days at a time. Must be 18 and have valid driver’s license.

Wages:

Crew Member positions $9.75/hr.

Other Benefits:

Trail training, use of our camping gear, & we provide the food while camping

 

Additional Information and Application Contact:

Mark Stanfill

Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail mark.stanfill@tn.gov

Main Office – (615) 574-5176

Applications still currently being accepted THROUGH 4/20/2020

June 22nd: Cumberland Trails Conference Intro to Trailbuilding Course

The Cumberland Trails Conference (CTC) continues to offer no cost classes on trail building.  This time the CTC joins with the Fairfield Glade Trail Builders for this hands on introduction to the fundamentals of building sustainable trails.  You will learn from Certified Master Trail Builders.

This six hour class covers everything from corridor preparation to final grooming.  Safety and proper tool handling are emphasized.  Students will understand how water flow effects trail design and construction.

Students will learn how to cut a proper back slope, trail tread and create a critical edge on the out slope.  Basic techniques such as shoulder armoring and creek step overs are covered as well.

Time:  9 AM to 3 Pm CDT

Where: Fairfield Glade, Cumberland County

Registration:  Call or email the CTC Office at 931 456 6259  or email:  ctcoffice2014@gmail.com

Class size is limited.  Directions and details will follow registration.  Students must be healthy enough to handle trail construction work and carry tools.  Students must bring sturdy shoes, water, bug spray, a hat, bandanna and gloves.  Bring a bag lunch and snacks for lunch on the trail. This is a wilderness experience, so no port-o-potties.  Minimum age – 15.

Weather date: None

Directions and more details after registration via e-mail.

1st Annual Cumberland Trail Spring Wellness Fair

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail will host its 1st Annual ‘Spring Wellness Fair’ to celebrate National Park Rx Day and the Tennessee State Parks Healthy Parks Healthy Person program.

The event is FREE to all and will be held at the beautiful and secluded Head of Sequatchie location in Cumberland County. The area is normally open only one day each month – this is a rare opportunity to see the birthplace of the Sequatchie River!

The day will be a celebration of Tennessee State Parks as resources of affordable healthy-living opportunities for all Tennesseans.


The day will begin with the Healthy Parks Healthy Person Kick-Off Hike & Presentation w/ Fitness Expert and Olympian Missy Kane of East TN PBS & WCTE-Cookeville. Missy and CT Ranger staff will detail the day’s events and lead a short easy hike around the Head of Sequatchie – explaining the history of the area and getting the day’s activities kicked-off right!

Other All-Day Activities Include:

  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Forest Immersion Therapy (Shinrin Yoku)
  • An ‘Outdoor Fun Zone’ for kids and kids-at-heart
  • Another Ranger Guided Hike
  • Free on-site vitals checks
  • Healthy Food Concessions (with take home recipes)
  • Local Community Health Organizations (offering advice on everything from healthcare to how to stay active and healthy on any budget)
  • Picnic Tables and Sitting Places Galore – Enjoy Time with Family and Friends!
  • …More to come!

Enjoy the day any way you see fit!


Additions and Announcement Will be Made at: https://facebook.com/cumberlandtrailSST/


The Head of Sequatchie features: the mountain birthplace of the Sequatchie River (a breath-taking site for any visitor), Devilstep Hollow Cave, and the burial site of the first sheriff of Cumberland County (Craven Sherrill) at the Sherrill Cemetery.

The Head of Sequatchie is a site to behold, admire, and enjoy – if you have never visited before – this is the day!

Early May is a time of blooms, color, and astonishing beauty!


Directions: 270 Glyph Parkway, Pikeville, TN 37367 | Google Maps Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/4oPdSFi8uUU2 or https://friendsofthecumberlandtrail.org/directions-to-head-of-sequatchie-management-area/

Spring and Summer 2019 Trail Crew Positions

SPRING & SUMMER 2019 TRAIL CREW POSITIONS – CUMBERLAND TRAIL STATE SCENIC TRAIL – TENNESSEE STATE PARKS

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail is seeking qualified candidates for a Backcountry Crew.

WHEN: If there is enough interest, a Spring Trail Crew looks to begin in late March through April. The Summer Crew will start around the week of May 14th through the week of July 31st (11-12 weeks – dates subject to change). Applicants may apply for both seasons or only one.

WHERE: The Trail Crew will be camping & working on the Cumberland Mountain Segment located 40 miles North of Knoxville in Campbell & Claiborne Counties. The Cumberland Trail (CT) will be a 330 mile hiking trail from the Cumberland Gap at the Virginia/Kentucky/Tennessee state corner to Signal Point near Chattanooga. An estimated 100 miles are remaining and you can help us close that gap!

Job Description:

Trail Crew Members will construct new hiking trail, rock steps, and other structures using hand tools and mechanical equipment in this remote area. They must work with others effectively and safely to complete trail construction & maintenance projects. The Trail Crew will share in camp chores each day.

Minimum age: 18

Camping overnight is required.

A full time work week is 37.5 hours.

The weekly schedule (Monday – Thursday):

Day 1 – Arrive at the office, transported to the camp location, set up camp, and trail construction.

Day 2, 3 – Trail construction

Day 4 – Trail construction, break down camp, and depart for office

The Trail Crew members will also take turns performing the role of camp keeper, maintaining the camp and performing related duties.

*Weekly schedule subject to change due to weather conditions or logistical necessity.

Skills & Abilities:

Aptitude for physical work in the back country; effectively work and communicate with others, comfortable working and living in the backcountry for days at a time.

Wages:

Crew Member positions $9.75/hr.

Other Benefits:

Trail training, use of our camping gear, & we provide the food while camping.

Additional Information and Application:

Mark Stanfill
Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail

Address: 220 Park Road, Caryville, TN 37714
Email: mark.stanfill@tn.gov
Direct Cell: (615) 574-5176
Main Office: (423) 566-2229 or 423-262-9853

Applications still currently being accepted

Now Hiring: 2018 Fall Trail Crew

FALL 2018 TRAIL CREW POSITIONS

OCTOBER 8th – NOVEMBER 16th  

CUMBERLAND TRAIL STATE SCENIC TRAIL

TENNESSEE STATE PARKS

 

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail is seeking qualified candidates for a Backcountry/Base Camp Crew starting the week of October 8th to the week of November 17th. The Fall Trail Crew will build new hiking trail and perform trail maintenance on the Cumberland Mountain Segment located 40 miles North of Knoxville in Campbell & Claiborne Counties. The Cumberland Trail will be a 330 mile hiking trail from the Cumberland Gap at the Virginia/Kentucky/Tennessee state corner to Signal Point near Chattanooga.

 

Job Description:

Trail Crew Members will construct new hiking trail using hand tools in this remote area. They must work with others effectively and safely to complete trail construction & maintenance projects. The Trail Crew will share in camp chores each day. Camping overnight is required.

 

The work week will be 37.5 hours.*

 

The weekly schedule:

Monday – Arrive at the office, transported to the camp location, set up camp, and build trail.

Tuesday & Wednesday – Trail construction

Thursday – Trail construction, break down camp, and depart for office

 

The Trail Crew members will also take turns performing the role of camp keeper, maintaining the camp and performing related duties.

 

*Weekly schedule subject to change due to weather conditions or logistical necessity.

 

Skills & Abilities:

Aptitude for physical work in the back country; effectively work and communicate with others, comfortable working and living in the backcountry for days at a time.

Must be 18 and have a valid driver’s license.

 

Wages:

Crew Member positions $9.75/hr.

 

Other Benefits:

Trail training, use of our camping gear, & we provide the food while camping

 

Application due by September 26th

 

You do not need to be available the entire six weeks to be considered. Schedule flexible.

 

Additional Information and Application Contact:

Mark Stanfill – Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail

mark.stanfill@tn.gov

(615) 574-5176

www.facebook.com/cumberlandtrailSST

(Update: March 2018): Cumberland Trail License Plate

Due to not meeting the funding goal, the Cumberland Trail License Plate campaign has ended.

Updates will be posted here and any previous pre-orders will be honored and/or refunded. Each person who has a pre-order will be contacted individually regarding all possible options. A list is being compiled now and contact will be made soon.

Possible options being discussed are:

  • Transition the current License Plate to a Front Plate (same plate but without the numbers)

  • Refund
  • A Membership to the Friends of the Cumberland Trail
  • Your Suggestion – You Tell Us

Feel free to respond to the above and direct questions to: info@friendsofthecumberlandtrail.org or 423-566-2229

 

 

–Once again an official letter will be mailed/emailed soon–

 

Now Hiring: 2018 Spring & Summer Trail Crew Members!

SPRING & SUMMER 2018 TRAIL CREW POSITIONS – CUMBERLAND TRAIL STATE SCENIC TRAIL – TENNESSEE STATE PARKS

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail is seeking qualified candidates for a Backcountry Crew.

WHEN: A Spring Trail Crew looks to begin in April 2018 and the Summer Crew starting around the week of May 14th through the week of July 27th (10-11 weeks – dates subject to change). Applicants may apply for both seasons or only one.

WHERE: The Trail Crew will be camping & working on the Cumberland Mountain Segment located 40 miles North of Knoxville in Campbell & Claiborne Counties. The Cumberland Trail (CT) will be a 330 mile hiking trail from the Cumberland Gap at the Virginia/Kentucky/Tennessee state corner to Signal Point near Chattanooga. An estimated 100 miles are remaining and you can help us close that gap!

Job Description:

Trail Crew Members will construct new hiking trail, rock steps, and other structures using hand tools and mechanical equipment in this remote area. They must work with others effectively and safely to complete trail construction & maintenance projects. The Trail Crew will share in camp chores each day.

Minimum age: 18

Camping overnight is required.

A full time work week is 37.5 hours.

The weekly schedule:

Day 1 – Arrive at the office, transported to the camp location, set up camp, and trail construction.

Day 2, 3, & 4 – Trail construction

Day 5 – Trail construction, break down camp, and depart for office

The Trail Crew members will also take turns performing the role of camp keeper, maintaining the camp and performing related duties.

*Weekly schedule subject to change due to weather conditions or logistical necessity.

Skills & Abilities:

Aptitude for physical work in the back country; effectively work and communicate with others, comfortable working and living in the backcountry for days at a time.

Wages:

Crew Member positions $9.50/hr.

Other Benefits:

Trail training, use of our camping gear, & we provide the food while camping.

Additional Information and Application:

Mark Stanfill
Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail

Address: 220 Park Road, Caryville, TN 37714
Email: mark.stanfill@tn.gov
Direct Cell: (615) 574-5176
Main Office: (423) 566-2229 or 423-262-9853

Application Due by April 20, 2018

 

 

**Trail Alerts & Hours (Updated 10/19/2020)**

Unless otherwise indicated below, Cumberland Trail-managed areas are open during daylight hours (7am to Sunset):

Main Office: M-F 8am – 4:30pm
Laurel-Snow State Natural Area: 7am – 7pm

North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area (Memorial Day – Labor Day 2020): M-F: 7am – 7pm | Weekends: 9am – 7pm

Head of Sequatchie: Saturday – Sunday (9am – 5pm CT)

Vehicles left in gated areas after sunset are subject to being towed or locked in.

Camping is Open

**ENTIRE CAMPSITES LIMITED TO 12 TOTAL AT ONE TIME – PLEASE LIMIT INDIVDUAL SUBMISSIONS TO A MAX OF 4

Please follow these guidelines: https://tnstateparks.com/about/keeping-visitors-healthy

*Bridge Advisories:

Where: Suck Creek – The Suck Creek bridge off Hwy 27 (near Mushroom Rock) in Prentice Cooper State Forest is washed out. Staff are looking at possible options with an indefinite timetable for repair at this time.

Where: Devil’s Breakfast Table – Main Bridge over Daddy’s Creek
Ranger and Maintenance staff are looking to remedy the situation.

**Please check back here and the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail Facebook page for updates.

**Call our main office for more details: 423-566-2229

*Trail Advisory 1:

Where: Ozone Falls State Natural Area
Why: Trail to base of Ozone Falls will be closed Monday-Friday October 19th-30th 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. C.S.T. for trail reconstruction. Trail will be open on weekends and after 3 p.m. on weekdays. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you ahead of time for your cooperation

Please call the Tennessee State Natural Areas at this website (https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/na-natural-areas/natural-areas-redirect/na-natural-areas-contact-information.html) to check on the status of the closure before making any trips to the area or check our Interactive Map.

 *Trail Advisory 2:

Where: Nemo Bridge to Break-A-Way Bluff
Why: This segment of trail has continuous maintenance issues due to its topography – staff are working in the area but blowdowns & other issues are common even after recent cleanings. Please exercise extreme caution, plan your trip, and do not continue (& turn back) if you lose site of the trail or blazes. If you see issues report them at cumberland.trail@tn.gov or 423-566-2229 (M-F 8am – 4:30pm ET).

*Trail Advisory 3:

Where: Devil’s Breakfast Table Trailhead – South
Why: This is a reminder that while there is a short segment of trail heading south from the Devil’s Breakfast Trailhead, that segment and this entire segment south to the Daddy’s Creek Trailhead is still CLOSED as the trail is being built in this area.

**Please check back here and the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail Facebook page for updates.

**Call our main office for more details: 423-566-2229

*Trailwide:

CLOSED: All caves on CT-managed lands are closed due to White-Nose Syndrome. You can read more about this devastating bat disease here: https://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/

CAUTION: Please remain cautious about creek crossings & enjoying creek areas.

Laurel-Snow Closure June 12-15th

Laurel-Snow State Natural Area will be closed Monday June 12 through Thursday June 15 while TDOT works on paving the road.  We appreciate your continued patience while we make improvements to the park.

This Week on the Cumberland Trail on WDVX

This week we’ll be coming live from WDVX studios in Clinton, Tennessee to bring you selections from the Sharp family of Fentress County. Documentarian & photographer Rachel Boillot will join us to chat a bit about Evelene Sharp & we’ll play some of Evelene’s home recordings.

The Sharp family music traditions are the subject of a two-volume compilation released by Sandrock Recordings called Sharp’s Hornpipe. You can purchase both volumes on CDBaby.com:

Volume 1: The Fiddling John Sharp Recordings

Volume 2: The Sharp Family Recordings

To listen in, turn your dial to 89.9fm in the greater Knoxville area or visit https://wdvx.com/listen-live/ to listen online.