Highlights: Push to finish Trail by 2019? ASB builds 1.56 miles. Big Dig set for May 3 to June 10 at Eden Ridge, CTSST Public Meeting May 12. AmeriCorps adds 1.4 miles mile near Daddy’s Creek. Trail building season opens BIG !!! .
Read CT State Scenic Trail May 12 Public Meeting Notice HERE.
Spring Big Dig extends for six weeks starting May 3 working Wednesday thru Saturday. Work will continue south from Devil’s’ Breakfast Table and also making the connection between Ozone Falls and Black Mountain. Contact your local hiking, church or civic group to volunteer for a day or a few days. Accommodations available near-by complements of the CTC.
This project qualifies as a Tennessee Promise volunteer commitment activity.
Download the Big Dig 2017 information flier HERE.
For more information and daily locations contact the CTC office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recent new items have highlighted the 300 mile Cumberland Trail. This News Sentinel – April 3, 2017- item HERE covers the push to finish the trail in existing state held lands by 2019.
Work to rebuild the multi-level stair case in the North Chickamauga Creek Gorge section destroyed by fire in 2016 was also covered by the Times Free Press – HERE. In 2010 the same stairs were destroyed by a fire set by careless campers and rebuilt in January 2011. Students from Grand Valley State University (MI) hauled in the materials while local volunteers did the construction. See story HERE.
Our 22nd Alternative Spring Break ended March 25th. We hosted 161 college students from nine colleges. The result was 8,264 feet of new trail in the Graysville section and south of McGill Creek in Rhea County. The nine mile Graysville section is almost ready to blaze and sign pending work on the RT 30 trailhead.
Wartburg College joined us for the second year and their eleven student crew worked with our paid crew and volunteers to add over 2,000′ near Devil’s Breakfast table.
AmeriCorps also provided the CTC with a team for 6 weeks January into February. They added 7,420 feet in the link between Devil’s Breakfast table and Peavine Road, Cumberland County. This 6.5 mile section is a crucial connection that will allow a thru hike of nearly 20 miles from Peavine Road and Nemo Bridge to the north.
Since January almost four miles of new trail have been added to the CT through a combined effort of students, local volunteers and our paid crew. The new sections are taking shape very quickly. Official opening dates for the new sections will be posted as we get that information. In the case of McGill Creek, a forty foot bridge needs to be constructed. But from either side, it will make an excellent out and back hike. The northern trailhead in Rhea County is: 35*27’28.45″ N 85*06’20″W.