New e-mail for Volunteer Information . . . . Trail Closure Notice at North Chick Trailhead . . . .Tally for BreakAway . . . . Volunteer for Soak Creek Progress . . . . .
Interested in Helping with building or maintaining the Cumberland Trail?
Contact us at : firstname.lastname@example.org This email gets special attention. Hiking groups, individuals and civic organizations are welcome to contact us and arrange for a special day to volunteer on the trail. You will work with our skilled professional trail builders and other volunteers with years of experience. It will be a fun, satisfying day of helping the trail and leaving a lasting legacy for others to enjoy.
We provide training and tools. Just bring water, bug spray, lunch, snacks, gloves, long pants and sturdy shoes. Check out our trail building page HERE.
Trail Closure Notice at North Chick Trailhead
Effective May 9th the area of the CT from the Stevenson Branch Campsite to the North Chick Trailhead parking area will be closed until further notice. This is safety precaution due to construction for a new Ranger Station in the area from Montlake Rd upwards. The trail will be CLOSED until further notice.
The North Chick parking area will be closed. Cars parked there after May 9 will be ticketed and towed.
Alternative Spring Break 2018 Tally
In the four weeks of ASB this year 1.9 miles of trail were constructed between Black Mountain and Ozone Falls, leaving about four more to go. The new section is not open and is not continuous. Work picked up from end of trail off East side of Black Mountain on Week One. By Week Three, the approach to the work site had shifted to an old access road off Renegade Mountain.
Great thanks to the 165 students, Whole Foods volunteers, local volunteers, paid crew and the staff at Camp Ozone for making this a very successful BreakAway. In spite of the unsettled weather, only one day was lost due to rain or snow.
University of South Florida students were treated to a minor snow storm on Monday of Week Two. Almost 3/4 of an inch was just enough to make miniature snowmen. By 1 PM the wind died down – wind chills had been in the 20s – and the sun came out. By 2 PM they were in the trail for the first day of instruction of and work.
Colleges whop participated: Boston University, Centre College, Colorado University-Boulder, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Michigan State, University of Delaware, Pitt and the University of South Florida.
Soak Creek Moves On
The CTC professional crew moves south to Soak Creek in Rhea County after ASB. During the month of April they added another 3,000 feet of trail. Soak Creek is in The Falls Segment of the Cumberland Trail.
New trail leads north and east from The Falls along the south bank of Soak Creek, a designated State Scenic River.
Volunteer are always welcome! Contact Crew Boss Shauna Wilson directly at: 931 414 0661. Voice or text for best time and place to meet.
Planning map for the Soak Creek area: