Cumberland Trail Conference

The Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park



Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

IT’S HERE  !  !      BIG DIG HAS ARRIVED  !  !  !


Thursday, Sept 17 to Oct 25 –  Big Dig 2015 in Cumberland County

Six weeks.    Seven miles.   Daddy’s Creek.

Volunteers needed Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday !

Work days are Thursday to Sunday each week starting at 8 Am Central Time.

Gary Grametbauer and Cain Monday scouting trail near Hatfield Ford 2015

Gary Grametbauer and Cain Monday scouting trail near Hatfield Ford August 2015. – (Richie )

            Trail Head parking is 3 miles up Hebbertsburg Road in Crab Orchard, Cumberland County.  Look for CTC road signs.

        Overnight accommodations are available with advance notice.  Tools and instruction provided.

            Bring work gloves, water, bug spray, hat, bandanna and food.  We will be working with State Park crews using a Skid-Steer as well as hand digging and rock work.

 Fun for everyone !

Please call ahead or email which days you can attend so we can plan activities for each trail crew.

Email for more information or call the office at (931)456-6259


       The Latest: CTC Trail Manager, Mitch Wolfe (green shirt) poses with trail volunteers on Friday 18 September during the first week of Big Dig.



By the end of the first four full days over 800 feet of main trail had been finished along with another 800 feet of a spur trail connecting to the parking area.



Building trail through cliff sides like the one at left makes construction slow at times and requires a certain amount of experience and ingenuity to create a safe passage.




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  Cumberland Trail Conference Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Trail Crews
WagonMasters: WagonMasters, from throughout Tennessee and the South, guide and educate volunteers during trail building outings.  They teach basic trail building skills, safety and create a productive work environment. During our annual Spring BreakAway program, WagonMasters lead groups of 10-12 student volunteers who join us from throughout the county. WagonMasters lead volunteer teams of all types  . . . . . students, boy scouts, community groups, and corporate outings.  CTC will provides trail builder training, along with CPR & First Aid. Were you a previous WagonMaster? Love to build trail and lead? We are looking to train 8-15 WagonMasters during our fall 2015 trail training sessions and eventually have 15-25 to support our expanded programs in 2016.
Structured Team Volunteers: Listed below are our volunteer needs for various crews/teams that will work together to accomplish specific tasks related to trail building. Are you rock inclined, have carpentry skills, like to handle a machine, or just love to build trail…we have a team for you! All teams will receive extensive trail and safety training and will work under the guidance of our Trail Building and Program Coordinator and in cooperation and under the guidance of State Parks.
Trail Crew: Have a couple friends or a community group that would like to get out on the trail? Want to build some trail as a team? Trail Crew teams are tight-knit groups of 2-5 individuals who go out and build trail, working an assigned section of corridor, joining our daily trail crews, volunteer outings, and programs. We are looking for numerous trail teams to be located throughout the trail corridor.
Rock Crew: Like to puzzle? Have a good friend who regularly moves boulders in his yard for fun. Then you’re a Rocker…or a at least a good candidate to be one of our rock crews, a specialized team of 2-3 individuals that go and complete finish-rock work on the trail building projects.
Mechanized Crew: Comfortable with mechanized equipment? These teams, to be located in the south, central and northern corridor, will go into trail work locations and complete the initial mechanized trail work with our ditch witch skid-steer.
Bridge Crew: Stringing cable bridges between the house and workshop in your spare time?  Have specialized carpentry and engineering background?   This may interest you. We are looking for volunteers with special skills to form bridge teams that work under the guidance of our Trail Building and Program Coordinator and State Parks.
All volunteer positions require members to be in good health and condition. Keep in mind that we train and always think safety first.
Office Volunteers:
Already used up those knees…but still want to help? Do you like to interact with the public or have writing skills…then here are more volunteer opportunities. All positions will work under the guidance of our wonderful office staff.
Small Grant Writers: Enjoy writing? We need your help. Our office team is seeking volunteer grant writers to target small grants to help fund our programs and trail teams. We will have two computer work stations dedicated to this volunteer activity and all grant writers will work under the direction of our Trail Building and Program Coordinator. Thank you for helping us “build” our future.


Thanks For the Work !

Wednesday August 5

                           A repeat performance !  More brush clearing at the new                               Daddy’s Creek Trail-head !

           Last week volunteers cleared a half mile of overgrown road to provide access to the trail work area.  August 5th they did additional clearing from the top of the gorge down to Daddy’s Creek.

           Looking forward to Big Dig 2015. Sept. 17th – Oct. 25th


March 6 to April 2 2016: Annual Spring BreakAway

      Base camp to be will be at Fort Bluff near Dayton, TN . We provide lodging, breakfast, lunch and dinner with the exception of Wednesday which is a day off for students, and staff.     Volunteer for one day or twenty-seven days!      Volunteers are needed for Trail Construction/Maintenance, and Tool Maintenance as well.  Interested?  Please pre-register by emailing or call (931)456-6259 with the dates of your arrival and departure for planning purposes.

Colleges interest in participating can contact CTC with the above information. More BreakAway information here.

After September 2015, more details will be posted.

Thank you for your support!

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