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News for December 2016

CT Passes 200 Milestone . . .

With the opening of the 7.3 mile Daddys Creek Section in November, the Cumberland Trail passed the 200 mile mark !

Make a Resolution ! Only 97 miles to go (more or less).  What better way to celebrate the 200 mile mark by resolving to hike 50 miles of the CT in 2017 and qualify for a 50 Miler Badge !  Click HERE for details, application and log sheet.

Vanderbilt University Works

Eleven students from Vanderbilt University joined Ranger Mark Stanfill during the week of 12/18 working on the next two miles south from Jewett Road off Brady Mountain.  Great thanks for their contributions and hard work.  Students worked through mornings in the low 20’s and little sun to help move the trail forward.

CTC Crews Keep on Digging

Southern Crew is back working near McGill Creek after spending much of the Fall on Black Mountain or near Devil’s Breakfast Table in Cumberland County.

Central Crew rotates between Black Mountain and Catoosa WMA.  On Black Mountain they are building toward Ozone Falls.  When complete, it will mean a nice day hike from Ozone to Rt 68 and the Brady Mountain Trailhead – about eight miles. In Catoosa WMA the crew is working south on the west side of Daddys Creek toward Peavine Road.

CTC trail crews LOVE company !  Call the CTC office  931-456-6259 or ctcoffice2014@gmail.com for work locations and directions. Volunteers of any ability level are welcome along with hiking clubs, church groups and civic organizations.

Special Note !  BreakAway (ASB) 2017

Dates for BreakAway 2017 are March 4 to April 1.  University Alternative Spring Break (ASB) offices should contact the CTC office for details on how their university can attend.  Local volunteers and hiking clubs: mark your calendars !

For location and other details contact Marianne at the CTC Office 931-456-6259 or ctcoffice2014@gmail.com.


 CTC News for October / November 2016

Daddys Creek Section Officially Open !

Thanks to the observation and writing skill of CTC Board Member, Frank Jamison, the point by point description for the newest Section of the CTSST is now available!

Find new Daddys Creek Section description here!

For the last three years, the focus of CTC construction crews has been a seven mile section of new trail highlighting Daddys Creek in Cumberland County.  Initial clearing of old log roads began in August 2014 along with scouting and design work.

 Like everything on the Cumberland Trail, this is a team effort. In addition to Frank taking on the writing challenge, great thanks go to Don Deakins for another fine set of maps. The final description and mapping team included Caroline Woerner who pushed a measuring wheel and Carol Deakins who helped with notes and logged measurements.  Initial measurement wheeling, GPS and elevation data was gathered by Mark Richie, Mike Westfall and Bob Obohoski. Trail scouting and design by Gary Grametbauer, Mark Richie, Pete Berntsen and Anthony Jones.

Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail project manager for this section was Ranger Anthony Jones.

In addition to paid crew, numerous local volunteers invested over 1,000 hours in this project.  Students from Florida  International University, Wartburg College (Iowa) and the University of Tennessee worked on this section.  Everyone who worked to make this new and truly scenic part of the trail a reality deserve a HUGE Thank You !

And, yes, its Daddys Creek . . . that’s the way the topo map spells it.


End of Big Dig Cook Out –

Celebrate another CTC Big Dig event !  CTC members, volunteers and State Park Staff welcome.

Saturday –
                 October 22nd         at  11 am (CT)

Eden Ridge Camp, 4866 Hebbertsburg Road, Crab Orchard, TN             35.974514*  -84.834564*

Following the cook out, hike on the new section of the Cumberland Trail.

RSVP Marianne at the CTC Office 931-456-6259 or ctcoffice2014@gmail.com.


Fall Big Dig –

Big Dig continues to October 22.  Work is either at Black Mountain or near Daddy’s Creek in the Catoosa WMA. Contact the CTC office for details and to register your group to help. 931-456-6259.  Hiking clubs, scout troops and interested individuals are welcome.

Note from TDEC – Hiking in Catoosa WMA Allowed During Hunting !

The 2016-2017 TDEC Hunters Guide now allows hiking on the Cumberland Trail during hunting season. However hikers MUST wear high visibility orange clothing and hat.  Details HERE.


Special Note !  BreakAway (ASB) 2017

Dates for BreakAway 2017 are March 4 to April 1.  University Alternative Spring Break (ASB) offices should contact the CTC office for details on how their university can attend.  Local volunteers and hiking clubs: mark your calendars !

Contact Marianne at the CTC Office 931-456-6259 or ctcoffice2014@gmail.com.

CT License Plate Pre-Order Form !

Download, print out and mail the application form HERE.

Thirty-five dollars and the application form starts the process to  CT Licence Plase graphicauthorize the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue a Cumberland Trail Specialty Plate.  Once the plates become available there may be an added registration fee. Proceeds benefit the Cumberland trail State Scenic Trail.

CT in Cumberland Hiking Marathon

The Black Mountain Loop and a four mile out and back portion of the Daddy’s Creek Section were included in the 2016 Cumberland County hiking marathon.  Over 740 people and 101 dogs registered to hike 26.2 miles of designated trails all over the county.  The marathon raised the visibility of local hiking trails and introduced many people to the CT for the first time.

Trail Building Courses in October:

 Trail Building 101, Friday October 14 at Eden Ridge near Crab Orchard.

Class time:  8 AM to 2 PM Central Time

Trail Building 101 September 19 Class Picture

Trail Building 101 September 19 Class Picture

      Interested in learning how to be a better trail builder?  CTC offers a full day introduction to trail building.  This hands-on class is for both novice diggers and volunteers who want to learn more of the techniques that go into building sustainable trail. Topics include an introduction to trail design concepts, safety, the behavior of water, step over crossings, climbing turns, armoring, and rock work fundamentals. Students learn how to make to most of trail building tools to get more done with less effort.  The class will be building actual full bench trail and see how the “fifty-percent” rule prevents trail washouts.

The class is free but registration is required.  Contact the CTC office to register for either date.

WagonMaster / Crew Leader Training, Saturday October 8 at Eden Ridge.

Location:  Eden Ridge off Hebbertsburg Road, Crab Orchard, TN  35.974514*  -84.834564*

Class time:  8 AM to 2 PM Central Time

     CTC offers specialized crew leader training. We call them WagonMasters.   This is NOT Trail Building 101.  Participants are expected to have some trail building experience (even three or four days) so they know what they are getting into.

WagonMaster Leadership emphasizes crew organization, tool safety, terminology and how to teach various building techniques. This is a hands-on course in the field. Students participate in rock work, the zipper method of duff removal, armoring, step over crossings and standards for back slope and trail tread grading. All of this with an understanding of how to coach and encourage a crew of 6 to 12 volunteers.

Our instructors are Certified Master Trail Builders with over 1,000 hours on the trail – so you learn from the best.

Volunteers who complete WagonMaster Leadership Training can be paired with experience crew leaders to work with college students during BreakAway or a Big Dig event. The course is also appropriate for individuals involved with trail building at churches, camps or public lands.

How did our Crew Leaders get the name WagonMaster?  Take the course and find out!

The class is free but registration is required.  Contact the CTC office to register. 931-456-6259 or ctcoffice2014@gmail.com.


CTC News for August / September 2016

Fall Big Dig –

September 14 to October 22 are the dates for Fall Big Dig.  Work will be near Daddy’s Creek and the Catossa WMA. Contact the CTC office for details. 931-456-6259.  Hiking clubs, scout troops and interested individuals are welcome.

Trail Building 101 Class (Free !)

Monday September 19  OR  Saturday September 24

Class time:  8 AM to 2 PM Central Time

      Interested in learning how to be a better trail builder?  CTC is offering a full day introduction to trail building.  This hands-on class is for both novice diggers and volunteers who want to learn more of the techniques that go into building sustainable trail. Topics include an introduction to trail design concepts, safety, the behavior of water, step over crossings, climbing turns, armoring, and rock work fundamentals. Students learn how to make to most of trail building tools to get more done with less effort.  The class will be building actual full bench trail and see how the “fifty-percent” rule prevents trail washouts.

The class is free but registration is required.  Contact the CTC office to register for either date. 931-456-6259 or ctcoffice2014@gmail.com.

Trail building 101 class of 24 September 2016.

Trail building 101 class of 24 September 2016.

Monday September 19  location is the nature trail at Cumberland County Playhouse, Tennessee Avenue, Crossville.

Saturday September 24 location is the Woodlawn Loop Trail at 39.974514*  -85.025021*.   Park at the end of Wyatt Court off Woodlawn Road, Crossville.

NEW ! Friday October 14 location is Eden Ridge off Hebbertsburg Road, Crab Orchard, TN  35.974514*  -84.834564*             Directions come with registration.

WagonMaster Leadership Training Course

Date:  Saturday October 8

Class time:  8 AM to 2 PM Central Time

Location:  Eden Ridge off Hebbertsburg Road, Crab Orchard, TN  35.974514*  -84.834564*

      In an effort to improve the quality of volunteer trail teams, the CTC is offering a specialized leadership course for WagonMasters.   WagonMaster is the CTC name for our trail crew leaders. This is NOT Trail Building 101.  Participants are expected to have some trail building experience (even three or four days) so they know what they are getting into.

WagonMaster Leadership emphasizes crew organization, tool safety, terminology and how to teach various building

Jim Johnson and Don Deakins, trail armoring

Jim Johnson and Don Deakins work on trail “armoring” during WagonMaster Leadership Training, September 2015

techniques. This is a hands-on course in the field. Students participate in rock work, the zipper method of duff removal, armoring, step over crossings and standards for back slope and trail tread grading. All of this with an understanding of how to coach and encourage a crew of 6 to 12 volunteers.

Our instructors are Certified Master Trail Builders with over 1,000 hours on the trail – so you learn from the best.

Once WagonMaster Leadership Training is complete, you can be paired with an experience hand to work with college students during BreakAway or a Big Dig event.

How did our Crew Leaders get the name WagonMaster?  Take the course and find out!

The class is free but registration is required.  Contact the CTC office to register. 931-456-6259 or ctcoffice2014@gmail.com.


Special Note !  BreakAway (ASB) 2017

Dates for BreakAway 2017 are March 4 to April 1.  University Alternative Spring Break (ASB) offices should contact the CTC office for details on how their university can attend.  Local volunteers and hiking clubs: mark your calendars !

Contact Marianne at the CTC Office 931-456-6259 or ctcoffice2014@gmail.com.


CTC News for July 2016

CTC Receives Riverview Grant

CTC is a grateful recipient of $50,000 from Riverview Foundation. The grant will underwrite two graduate students from the University of Tenn. at Chattanooga during the 2016-2017 school year.  The students will identify and map the biological and recreational attributes of the potential connectors to the Cumberland Trail and also facilitate community partnerships and team building.

Tennessee PROMISE Community Service Opportunity –

Tennessee two year college students can help build the CT for credit toward their community volunteer hours requirement.

The application HERE contains details on our current building activities.  If you enjoy the outdoors, working on the Cumberland Trail is a unique community service activity.


New Trail for Hiking Opens

NICO daddy's Creek section rock house

Moss covered rock house greets hikers near the Hebbertsburg trailhead. (NICO Photo)

A 2.8 mile trail in the Crab Orchard Segment is available for CT hikers.  Largely constructed during Big Dig Fall 2015, the trailhead is on Hebbertsburg Road near Crab Orchard in Cumberland County. This easy section offers an overlook up the Daddy’s Creek watershed, several small stream crossings and roughly 1.6 miles of hiking next to beautiful Daddy’s Creek.  For details click Crab Orchard Segment.

Fall Big Dig –

September 14 to October 22 are the dates for Fall Big Dig.  Work will be near Daddy’s Creek and the Catossa WMA. Contact the CTC office for details.

Trail Building 101 Class

CTC will be offering a full day introduction to trail building this fall.  This hand-on class is for both novice diggers and volunteers who want to learn more of the details that go into building sustainable trail. Topics include an introduction to trail design concepts, safety, the behavior of water, step over crossings, climbing turns, armoring, crib wall fundamentals and moving large rocks. The class will be building actual full bench trail and see how the “fifty-percent” rule prevents trail washouts.

Interested?  Call or email the CTC office to get on the contact list for details. 931-456-6259 or email ctcoffice2014@gmail.com.

Class will be held in Cumberland County. Dates will be set soon.

Watch this space . . . .

Special Note !  BreakAway (ASB) 2017

Dates for BreakAway 2017 are March 4 to April 1.  University Alternative Spring Break (ASB) offices should contact the CTC office for details on how their university can attend.  Local volunteers and hiking clubs: mark your calendars !

Contact Marianne at the CTC Office 931-456-6259 or ctcoffice2014@gmail.com.

Spring Big Dig With College Volunteers !

Florida International University Hebbertsburg May 2016

Students from Florida International University work on full bench trail construction south of Hebbertsburg Road trailhead.

Spring Big Dig concluded June 11 with three new miles added to the CT.  Two colleges, Wurtburg from Iowa and Florida International, sent a dozen students each to work on the trail.  Their combined efforts totaled over 250 volunteer hours. Great thanks for their enthusiasm and hard work.

Other local volunteers arrived in spurts for this edition of Big Dig totaling another 145 hours.  Meanwhile, the regular crew continues to work in the Hebbertsburg area south from Devil’s Breakfast table on scenic Daddy’s Creek!

sequachee valley electric big dig sponsorCTC wishes to thank Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative for financial assistance that helped make Spring Big Dig possible as well as the courtesies extended to the crew and volunteers by Eden Ridge.

So if you have a day to spare in June, call the CTC office for directions to the current work site.  Call 931-456-6259 or email ctcoffice2014@gmail.com.

Work days are Tuesday to Friday.  The Southern Crew is back at work as well and would enjoy volunteer help anytime.


CTC News for June 2016

June 4 is Public Trails Day !

Go take a hike !

2016 Big Dig Continues :

May 4 to June 11, 2016

Big Dig continues.  We focus our efforts this Spring on the Daddy’s Creek section from Hebbertsburg Road to Devil’s Breakfast Table.  Since May 4 almost 2 miles have been built, thanks in large part to students from Wartburg College (Iowa) and Florida International University.

Work days are Wednesday to Saturday.  Saturday is a great day for hiking clubs and civic groups to come out and help !  Just like last year, accommodations and meals are available at Eden Ridge but volunteers need to reserve a space. Contact the CTC office for details, directions and reservation information :931-456-6259 or ctcoffice2014@gmail.com.


 CTC News for April-May 2016

Volunteer Opportunities Continue !

May 2016 south of Long Rockhouse Branch

Florida International students dig into the duff during Spring Big Dig 2016.

Students from Florida International University are working up Long Rockhouse Branch from May 8 to 14.  Local volunteers are welcome to join in.

Students from Wartburg College in Iowa will be arriving in Cumberland County on April 17 for a six day trail building event near Daddy’s Creek.  Students and long distance volunteers will be housed at Eden Ridge on Hebbertsburg Road near Crab orchard, TN.

Local volunteers are invited to join the students and the paid crew during any or all of this event.  For details and accommodations information contact the CTC office:931-456-6259 or ctcoffice2014@gmail.com.

2016 Big Dig :

May 4 to June 11, 2016

Again Big Dig will focus on the Daddy’s Creek section from Hebbertsburg Road to Devil’s Breakfast Table.

Work days are Wednesday to Saturday.  Saturday is a great day for hiking clubs and social groups to come out and help !  Just like last year, accommodations and meals are available at Eden Ridge but volunteers need to reserve a space. Contact the CTC office for details, directions and reservation information :931-456-6259 or ctcoffice2014@gmail.com.

CTC News for February / March 2016

News From BreakAway:

BreakAway 2016 ended with the departure of the University of Delaware on April 2.  UofD finished Week 4 building on the work of Week 3 students from Hamilton, UofColorado – Boulder, and Allegheny College.  The last two days of Week 3 and all of Week 4 moved to the Roaring Creek trail head.  Over 1700 feet of new trail was built including a new piece from the parking area cutting the road walk over the roaring Creek Bridge by 400 feet.


 

By Tuesday of Week 3 – March 22 – the efforts of 140 students, 20 volunteers and several park rangers allowed for completion of the Graysville Section one day ahead of time!

BreakAway so far built 1.8 miles of new trail including a 300 foot spur to an overlook.

end of trail ASB 2016

Allegheny College students complete final 200 feet to end of state property near Dayton, Tn.

From trailhead to EOT is eight miles. After a day off on Wednesday, students will continue work from Roaring Creek south toward McGill Creek.

100_1358Above:  Rispev, a Hamilton College exchange student from Kenya is at the leading edge of cutting raw trail in the Tennessee wilderness.

Below: Hamilton College students pause while building a rock retaining wall on the Cumberland Trail

Hamilton students pause for a photo while building a rock reinforced back slope in the Graysvile Section.

Volunteers are still welcome at the remaining days of BreakAway.

We are operating out of Fort Bluff above Dayton, TN.  Work days are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Call the CTC office for details: 931-456-6259

Sign Up for 2016 BreakAway !

2016 BreakAway is March 6 to April 2 near Dayton, TN.

To confirm your participation contact the CTC Office 931-456-6259 or ctcoffice2014@gmail.com.

We need to know what days (or weeks) you will be volunteering so we can arrange for accommodations and meals.

We expect to leave camp at 8 AM EASTERN TIME.  Work week is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday for the students.  Work will continue on Wednesday for local volunteers and paid crew.

We will again be staying at the Fort Bluff Youth Athletic Camp near Dayton, TN.  The CTC office can provide directions and the weekly schedule.

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Special WagonMaster Training at BreakAway

Wednesday March 16 and 23 WagonMaster Leadership Training will be offered to interested local volunteers.  Sign up on site by the Monday before.

Training will run from 9:00 AM Eastern t0 1:00 PM.  If you are coming to BreakAway, plan on attending this important training opportunity.  Take your skills beyond trail building.

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Base Camp Location –

From Nashville and Points West

From I-40E take the Highway 127 Exit in Crossville.  Go all the way through Crossville; at the fork take 127 S into Pikeville. Drive all the way through town; turning left onto Highway 30E for twelve miles to State Road 443 West – NOT EAST – (Ogden Road). Turn right and drive one mile to the Fort Bluff Camp entrance on the left and follow the signs to the office.

From Knoxville and Points North

From I-40, take I-75S to Exit #49 (Athens/Decatur). Turn right and drive for 28.5 miles into Dayton to the top of the mountain. Turn left onto State Road 443 West – NOT EAST – (Ogden Road). Drive one mile to the Fort Bluff Camp entrance on the left and follow the signs to the office.

From Atlanta and South

Drive north on I-75 to Chattanooga, TN. Take exit #4 (Highway 153) for twelve miles; turn right onto 27N, then drive 28 miles into Dayton. At traffic light #7 turn left onto Highway 30W. Drive for 4.8 miles to the top of the mountain. Turn left onto State Road 443 West – NOT EAST – (Ogden Road). Drive one mile to the Fort Bluff Camp entrance on the left and follow the signs to the office.
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165 students will be with us throughout the month of March.  Students arrive Sunday.  Sunday evening after dinner is an orientation for students followed by a briefing for WagonMasters and local volunteers.  Week 1 and 2 we will be working to complete 1.7 mile of trail in the Graysville segment north to the end of state property.

Weeks 3 and 4 we shift work to the Roaring Creek – McGill Creek area near Soddy-Daisy.

We expect to leave camp at 8 AM EASTERN TIME.  Work week is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday for the students.  Work will continue on Wednesday for local volunteers and paid crew.

Students ! For details and what to bring check here:

  Learn more about BreakAway.

  > > > Who Is Coming? < < <

Students are  coming from Florida, Delaware, Michigan, Boston, Kansas, NY, Illinois, Penn. and Colorado. In addition, Pittsburgh University has procured 2- 15 passenger vans that will need drivers for March 6-12.
Contact Marianne at the CTC Office 931-456-6259 or ctcoffice2014@gmail.com

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CTC News for January 2016

WagonMaster Leadership Training for Jan 22 delayed to Feb 12 due to weather.  People who registered got an email on this.  Spaces still open for the course.

WagonMaster Leadership Training in January

The October WagonMaster Leadership Training was conducted in Cumberland County. 

Now it is the Southern Region’s turn !

WagonMaster Training scheduled for January 22 changed to Feb 12 at 9 AM Eastern due to weather.

LOCATION: Little Soddy Historic Mining Loop Trail.  Find directions under Soddy Creek Gorge (South) segment description here.  Meet in parking area at the corner of  Sluder and Hotwater Rd.

No Charge for the class but Registration is required so we know how many tools and books to bring.

  Contact the CTC office to register at 931-456-6259 or ctcoffice2014@gmail.com

Former and prospective WagonMasters are encouraged to participate in this intensive five hour, hands-on class. WagonMaster is the CTC title for trail crew leaders.

Participants will review trail building fundamentals with emphasis on how to teach these techniques to novice builders.  Special emphasis is placed on working with BreakAway students.

Volunteers who may want to lead independent trail crews to do construction or maintenance on the CT must take this training.

Class covers safety talks, terminology, tool handling, the zipper method of duff removal, stubbing trees, corridor clearing, construction of water crossings, armoring, rock steps and crib walls.  Fundamentals of water behavior, the fifty-percent rule, back slope guidelines, root removal, puzzling, tread grooming standards and group problem solving are covered.

Attendees are expected to have some trail building experience – at least one day.  Fifty hours + would be nice but not required.  Leadership skills are emphasized including; how to assess the abilities of volunteers, finding a balance between work and supervision, safety, how to explain each step in the building process and a sequence to build volunteer crew skills.

Tools provided.  Bring gloves, warm clothes, lunch, water and snacks.

First Aid Training for Wagon Masters: 

Next all day First Aid/CRP training will be January 16, 2016.  Class is held at the First United Methodist Church Annex Building. 69 Neecham Street, Crossville.  The class runs from 8am to 4pm (Central Time).  This is a Certification Course for CTC Volunteer Wagon Masters.

Registration is required and the cost is covered by the CTC.

Register with Marianne at the CTC Office 931-456-6259 or ctcoffice2014@gmail.com

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Sign Up for 2016 BreakAway !

BreakAway volunteersBreakAway Program in March 2016Schools are confirmed, camp and educational programs reserved, now all we need is YOU.   We are in process of
confirming our volunteer base needed during our ASB 2016 Program, the goal is a WagonMaster for every 7 students. Currently we have
165 confirmed students throughout the month of March with the opportunity for more if we have the trail leaders.  Learn more about BreakAway here.

    2016 BreakAway is March 6 to April 2 near Dayton, TN.

Students are  coming from Florida, Delaware, Michigan, Boston, Kansas, NY, Illinois, Penn. and Colorado. In addition, Pittsburgh University has procured 2- 15 passenger vans that will need drivers for March 6-12. Don’t miss out on getting your volunteer t-shirt!
Contact Marianne at the CTC Office 931-456-6259 or ctcoffice2014@gmail.com

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Big News For Big Soddy Creek Bridge . .  . . . .  It’s Finished and Open !  

Big Soddy Bridge Nov 2015

Big Soddy Bridge Opens November 2015 (photo Shauna Anschuetz)

After almost four years of  planning, moving material and construction, the 100′ long suspension bridge over the Big Soddy Creek is open for business!

Located at 35* 17’56.64″ N  85*11’50.15″ W in the Soddy Creek Gorge Section (north) of the CT, it represents a significant advance for hikers in one of the most remote areas of the 300 mile Cumberland Trail.  Big Soddy Creek is subject to large variations in water height.  The new bridge keeps the segment open no matter what the water level. Existing bridges had been washed away making the scramble across the boulder filled creek bottom, even at low water, both challenging and hazardous.

The Jewel of the Cumberland Trail is a  testament to the joint efforts of several state agencies, the CTC and volunteers who worked hundreds of hours next to the paid crew to bring the bridge to life.  The full story can be found here.  Big Soddy Bridge StoryMany thanks to all who worked on her.

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