Highlights: Wartburg College ASB. Where is McGill Creek? Americorps makes progress. ASB Fort Bluff. New work in Cumberland County.
Wartburg College Returns
No, not the Morgan County Wartburg. Wartburg college is in Iowa and for the second time students have joined us to work on building the Cumberland Trail. This year 14 hardy souls worked with the Central Crew from February 26 to March 3 in the Keyes-Harrison WMA.
Where is McGill Creek ?
There has been a lot of reporting lately about the Southern Crew working the McGill Creek Segment. But exactly where is McGill Creek? This map may help:
The northern trailhead is at Roaring Creek at the base of Brayton Mountain Road. North of that is the Graysville Segment. After crossing the Roaring Creek roadway bridge, the trail enters the woods and continues south about .4 miles, crosses Brayton Mountain Road and on toward McGill Creek.Week 3 and 4 of BreakAway / ASB is expected to be working in this area.
Americorps Makes Progress
An eleven person Americorps team put in six weeks with the CTC beginning in mid-January. Great thanks for their work in a variety of weather and ground conditions. Working with Pete Berntsen they built nearly 2/3 mile of trail.
ASB at Fort Bluff
Don’t forget to join other trail builders and volunteers for the 22nd annual BreakAway / ASB event at Fort Bluff near Dayton, TN. Click HERE for dates, accommodations and registration. Come for a day, or two, or for a week at a time! All volunteers are appreciated! Speaking of which. The Annual CTC Appreciation banquet and awards program will be Friday, March 24 at Fort Bluff. Dinner at 5pm, awards, then dance at 7pm EASTERN time.
New Trail In Cumberland County
With the help of college students and Americorps, Central Crew continues to make progress south from Devil’s Breakfast Table toward Peavine Road. Also adding a half mile trail north from Black Mountain toward Ozone Falls. In the first mile south from Devil’s Breakfast Table are two creek crossings, an unexpected waterfall, an overlook and over 270 steps rising 90 feet through a massive stone door. This area is expected to be ready for hiking by September 2017.
Our crack team of accountants are tabulating the mileage built during 2016 and converting it into furlongs. Watch this space for the results.