Happy Holidays! It's been awhile since we sent out an update....we apologize.
So many great things have been happening with the CTC and the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail.
The Cumberland Trails Conference currently has two working crews adding miles to the Cumberland Trail. The Central Trail Crew has been completing trail work in Catoosa WMA, in Cumberland County. The Southern Crew is working to complete a section of the Cumberland Trail between Stinging Fork State Natural Area and Hinch Mountain, in Rhea and Cumberland Counties. Between April 2018 and December 2019, the CTC trail Crew (and volunteers) completed 4.3 miles in the Soak Creek Area. This section runs parallel to Soak Creek Scenic River, which is a tributary of the Piney River. This section connects hikers to Stinging Fork State Natural Area, Piney Falls State Natural Area and the 2000- acre Piney River Resource Management Area of the Cumberland Trail.
Beautiful Stinging Fork Natural Area waterfall.
Alternative Spring Break 2020
The 24th Spring Breakaways home base will be at The Head of the Sequatchie in Pikeville Tn.
Trail will be built between Stinging Fork State Natural Area and Hinch Mountain
March 1- April 3, 2020
WE NEED YOUR HELP...Please contact the CTC office to Volunteer..
Visit www.cumberlandtrail.org for more information about the beautiful Head of the Sequatchie...WE ARE UPDATING OUR WEBSITE..CHECK OUT OUR PROGRESS!
Hinch Mountain Overlook The Lodge at the Head of the Sequatchie
Hitch Mountain is the highest peak in Cumberland County at about 3048 feet. The Head of the Sequatchie houses the famous Devil Step Hollow Cave.
How Many Miles Have Been Completed of the Cumberland Trail?
CTC BOARD OF DIRECTOR NEWS
In January 2019, the CTC added several new Board Members. Jeff Berger, Dreama Campbell, Roger Underwood and April Dixon. Jeff and Dreama are based out of Chattanooga area and April is based out of Oak Ridge. Roger is based out of Ozone. All have been very active this year with the CTC and we are grateful for their time and leadership on so many projects. Jameson Miller is now the Treasurer/Secretary of The Cumberland Trails Conference. His expertise in Accounting/Finance have proved invaluable over the last year. Carolyn Miller, Caroline W0erner, Will Skelton and Ray Garrett stepped down from the Board but remain on the Advisory Board and are still very active as well.
Are you looking for a great Christmas Gift? Described as "A journey in pictures and words along Tennessee's Cumberland Trail and Plateau" is an excellent gift for only a $10 donation. You can pick up in the CTC office Tuesday-Friday 8am-3pm.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY & EVENT We are able to maintain existing trail with the help of volunteers. Please keep an eye out for volunteer opportunities and events. Check us out on Facebook for more information!
*Trail Building 101 - December 7th
*Workday at North Chick Creek - December 14
Want to Volunteer any day of the week? Contact our Trail Crew Supervisor, Shauna at (931) 414-0661... we provide tools and instruction.
During the 1985/86 school year, Crab Orchard Elementary School, in Cumberland County had an enrichment program. Students would meet at the school on Saturday mornings and would travel to the Bean Pot Restaurant for breakfast and then up to Black Mountain to work on the Cumberland Trail. They were required to pack a lunch and water and spend the day clearing and blazing the trail between Black Mountain and Brady Mountain. If you carried a pocket knife, it was deemed that you could be trusted with a hatchet. If not then you would be a "Blazer" and trusted with a paint brush. At the end of a set period of time and completion of designated hours you were awarded this patch.