Alternative Spring Break on
The Cumberland Trail 2019
Just over 100 students joined us for four weeks of Alternative Spring Break this year. Once again the base of operations was at Camp Ozone in Crab Orchard, TN. In spite of heavy rains in April and threatening skies in March, few days were lost due to rain.
BreakAway for 2019 continued work on the link between Black Mountain and Ozone Falls in Cumberland County, Tennessee. The six mile route runs along a strip of land acquired by the State in early 2017. The CT departs from the nature loop on top of Black Mountain and tracks roughly due East. The first half mile was built during ASB 2009 and created a dead end. CTC professional crew returned to the area in 2017 and pushed another three quarters of a mile into the Sand Creek area. A few photos are posted below. For more images see our Facebook page HERE.
In 2018, the professional crew returned and ASB 2019 added another 9,000 feet reaching the Fall Creek gulf.
Alternative Spring Break 2019 Tally
In the four weeks of ASB, students and local volunteers constructed another 9000 feet of trail. The new section is not open and is not continuous. Work picked up from the top of the steep climb out of Fall Creek and continued west for the first three weeks of March. The final grooming to the edge of the gulf was completed during Week Four. During the last days of the week, the professional crew supervised students and WagonMaster volunteers as they began building a full bench trail along a 53 percent side slope heading toward Ozone Falls.
In addition to college students, about 14 volunteers contributed time over the ASB period. This included two from New Jersey, one from Kentucky, and one from Alabama. Five volunteers traveled all the way from Clarksville, TN – three hours to the west – and stayed four days. Great thanks to all who worked the trail and provided support services in camp and in the office.
In two years BreakAway students and the professional crew have completed just over five miles of trail between Black Mountain and Ozone Falls in Cumberland County. The section is expected to open in 2020.