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The Cumberland Trails Conference

Trailbuilders for the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park

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What is the Cumberland Trails Conference?

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 Trail State Scenic Trail State Park operates a professional trail crew mostly in the north sections.

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 provided through the CTC, including through the CTC BreakAway, a college Alternative Spring Break program.

CTC is a non-profit 501-(c)(3) membership organization.



September Fundraiser

30,000.00
19,010.00

September Fundraiser

Help support the Cumberland Trails Conference during our September Fundraiser! We are accepting direct donations and pledge-based donations during the months of August and September to meet our goal of $30,000.

Our pledged donations are based on how many feet of trail our crew builds in the month of September. We would love to have your support as we work to finish this legacy trail across our beautiful and scenic Cumberland Plateau!

If you are feeling generous, pledge now by hitting the “Pledge Now” button at the bottom.

If you would like to send a direct donation, hit the “Donate Now” button  to donate online or send a check made out to “Cumberland Trails Conference”.

Our office address is 409 Thurman Avenue, Suite 102, Crossville, TN 38555.

Also, if you donate to our fundraiser, you are automatically entered to win a sock drawer makeover from our friends at Sockwell Socks! There will be two sock drawer makeover winners so donate now for a chance to win.

If you have any questions or would like more info, email Savana Keeton at ctcoffice2014@gmail.com



What is the Cumberland Trail?

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.

Cumberland Trail Segments

The scenic footpath follows a line of high ridges and deep gorges along or near the rugged, eastern edge of Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau. The trail offers a unique wilderness experience and many scenic views, waterfalls, landscapes, gorges, wildlife, and widely varying flora. As a remote, back-country trail, it meanders through eleven Tennessee counties, on lands managed by Tennessee’s Departments of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), and Tennessee Forestry.

There are more than 50 trail heads for the 12 Segments and 28 Sections of the 210 open miles on the Cumberland Trail.

Below the map are links to these 12 segments with their trail sections.  Click on the  links to get maps to sections of each segment.

Report Trail Conditions

Please report adverse trail conditions to the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail State Park
headquarters at: 423-566-2229 or send an email to cumberland.trail@tn.gov

July 8-9 2022 trailbuilding

Trail Building Opportunity

Come help build new trail on the Upper Piney River Segment!! This is guaranteed to be one of the most beautiful segments of the Cumberland Trail when completed.

When: October 8th & 9th @ 8:30am ET

Where: Upper Piney River Segment

Meet up at: Big Apple Market on Hwy 68.
Physical address is 1543 Wassom Memorial Hwy, Spring City, TN 37381

Tools will be provided. Please bring work gloves, dress appropriately for weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water.

Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided.

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CTC Shopping Days at Rock Creek 2022

CTC Shopping Days
at Rock / Creek

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Rock/Creek!!
Check out these shopping dates that benefit the CTC,
10% of proceeds on these days will be donated to the CTC

Oct. 4th: Riverside
Oct. 11th: Hamilton Place
Oct. 18th: Cleveland
Oct. 25th: Northshore

News

September 2022 Trailbuilding Cumberland Trail

September 2022 Volunteer Event

Our Volunteers never cease to amaze us! The September Volunteer Days were extremely productive. These fine folks pulled 775 feet of duff and moved some really large rocks. We can’t thank them enough for coming out and sacrificing their time and energy to help move the CT closer to completion!
Four Seasons Garden Club, Dayton Tennessee

CTC speaks at the Four Seasons Garden Club, Dayton TN

CTC Operations Coordinator Savana Keeton spoke at the Four Seasons Garden Club in Dayton, TN on Tuesday evening, September 13, 2022.
Stunning view southeast into Grassy Cove from Black Mountain. (Stephens)Gary Stephens

Free Guided Hike – Black Mountain Overlook Trail

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When:  Saturday, June 18 at 12:00 PM CDT Where:  We will meet in the parking lot on top of Black Mountain. The physical address is 2000-3398 Black Mountain Rd, Crossville, TN 38555. Join our Executive Director Mike Croley for a guided…
Bobs Trails Trees and Gardens

BE LIKE BOB!!!

Meet Bob Richards. He owns Bob’s Trails, Trees and Gardens. Bob is a long time supporter of the CTC and for our last volunteer event he pledged $1.00 for every foot of trail built. The volunteers built 775 feet and Bob rounded his gift…
lady slippers Cumberland Trail

Smartphone Wildflower Photography Program – May 28, 2022

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Join Executive Director Mike Croley at the Black Mountain Loop Trailhead for this workshop to bring out the true capabilities of today's impressive smartphone cameras! Please bring your own smartphone (this is meant for both iPhones and Android…

CTC featured in Exploring Chattanooga

Our April trailbuilding exercise was attended and documented by the popular blogger - Exploring Chattanooga. Have a read and see what fun it is to build trail with the Cumberland Trails Conference. And there's video! https://youtu.…

So much fun building trail in April!

Our April 8th & 9th Volunteer Event was a HUGE success! With the help of our volunteers, 700 feet of hand built trail was constructed. THANKS to all who came out!!!!
Tennessee's WildSide

Cumberland Trail Building featured on Tennessee’s WildSide TV

Tennessee's WildSide TV made a video featuring Cumberland Trail Building. Visit their website here or just watch the video below. https://youtu.be/P02BCHUGPY4
September 2022 Trailbuilding Cumberland Trail

September 2022 Volunteer Event

Our Volunteers never cease to amaze us! The September Volunteer Days were extremely productive. These fine folks pulled 775 feet of duff and moved some really large rocks. We can’t thank them enough for coming out and sacrificing their time and energy to help move the CT closer to completion!

Volunteer Trail Building Day – October 8th & 9th

Come help build new trail on the Upper Piney River Segment!! This is guaranteed to be one of the most beautiful segments of the Cumberland Trail when completed. When: April 8th -9th @ 8:30am ET Where: Upper Piney River Segmen
Four Seasons Garden Club, Dayton Tennessee

CTC speaks at the Four Seasons Garden Club, Dayton TN

CTC Operations Coordinator Savana Keeton spoke at the Four Seasons Garden Club in Dayton, TN on Tuesday evening, September 13, 2022.
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Volunteer Trail Building Day – September 16th & 17th

Come help build new trail on the Upper Piney River Segment!! This is guaranteed to be one of the most beautiful segments of the Cumberland Trail when completed. When: April 8th -9th @ 8:30am ET Where: Upper Piney River Segmen
Cumberland Trail

Volunteer Trail Building Day – August 12th & 13th

Come help build new trail on the Upper Piney River Segment!! This is guaranteed to be one of the most beautiful segments of the Cumberland Trail when completed. When: April 8th -9th @ 8:30am ET Where: Upper Piney River Segmen
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July 8-9 2022 trailbuilding

Volunteer Trail Building Day – July 8th & 9th

Come help build new trail on the Upper Piney River Segment!! This is guaranteed to be one of the most beautiful segments of the Cumberland Trail when completed. When: April 8th -9th @ 8:30am ET Where: Upper Piney River Segmen