Highlights: Alternative Spring Break all month . . . . . Lots of opportunities to Volunteer . . . . . .
Forty-eight students from Michigan State, University of Pittsburgh and Boston University arrive Sunday afternoon March 4th to begin a week of working in the wilds of East Tennessee to extend the Cumberland Trail.
Operating out of a base camp in Ozone, Cumberland County, students work under the guidance of experienced Wagon Masters – a CTC term for crew leaders. A typical work week is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Wednesday is a day off (unless weather changes things) so the students can explore the local area or take a day trip to Nashville, Knoxville or Chattanooga.
Work on the trail is supervised by the CTC Trail Boss Shauna Wilson along with her regular CTC builders. During the preceding weeks, Shauna, working with Cumberland Trail State Park personnel, surveyed the work area, found logging road access points and flagged off dozens of 250′ long work segments.
This year ASB will work to fill in the gap between Ozone Falls State Park and Black mountain. The six mile piece of trail will hug Fall Creek under Ozone falls, then rise more than 700 feet to cross several ridges and three creeks heading almost due west toward the exist trail on Black Mountain.
Call the CTC Office to get directions to the work area or Camp Ozone if you would like to volunteer. No experience necessary! We train! Just bring work gloves, bug spray, lunch and work/hiking shoes.