The mission of the Cumberland Trails Conference is to provide paid and volunteer labor, equipment, supplies and vehicles to design and construct the Cumberland Trail under the auspices of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
The continued development and construction of the Cumberland Trail is accomplished through a working relationship between the Cumberland Trails Conference (CTC), the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Park, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. The CTC, private corporations, foundations, individuals, and others assist TDEC in raising funds for land acquisition, providing maintenance, and further developing the Cumberland Trail.
The Cumberland Trails Conference also maintains a professional trail crew that works twelve months a year. Additional labor comes from thousands of hours of volunteer service.
CTC is a non-profit 501-(c)(3) organization.
The Cumberland Trail is an extensive foot trail constructed and maintained largely by volunteers from Tennessee and across the nation. The Trail is managed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).
Building the Cumberland Trail is a grassroots effort, driven by communities along the trail, government agencies, and a broad network of volunteers. This successful private/public partnership is a model often cited to demonstrate the power of volunteerism and public/private partnerships.
When completed, the Cumberland Trail will extend more than 300 miles from its northern terminus in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Kentucky to its southern terminus at the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park located on Signal Mountain just outside Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Chairman / Treasurer
Cumberland Gap, TN
Deb Morris Houck
Spring City, TN
Trail Crew Members
Smoky Mountain Hiking Club
State Director, The Nature Conservancy
Sheltowee Trace Association
Oak Ridge, TN
Great Eastern Trail Representative
Alice Hudson Pell
Executive Director, TennGreen Land Conservancy
President/CEO, Reflection Riding
Senior Program Manager, Regional Operations
National Parks Conservation Association
Seth Webster – Central Corridor
Jim Brannon – Central Corridor
Park Ranger/GIS Specialist
Teresa Kemmer – Head of Sequatchie
Linda Daugherty – Cove Creek Office