Bobs Trails Trees and Gardens
Bob Richards - Bob's Trails, Trees, and Gardens

Bob Richards – Bob’s Trails, Trees, and Gardens

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 to the CTC up to a cool $800.00!!!!

BUT WAIT! Bob isn’t stopping there. He is throwing in $200 to help feed volunteers for the next Volunteer Trail Building Event to be held June 10th & 11th!

AND HOLD THE PHONE!… Bob is once again committing to donate $1 for every foot of trail completed during the next volunteer event!

Bobs Trails Trees and Gardens

NOW Bob challenges YOU to join him!

WANNA BE LIKE BOB? You or your company can also pledge any amount of money per foot of trail built during volunteer events. Bob is pledging $1.00 per foot, but pledges of all sizes are gratefully accepted. (The CTC carefully tracks volunteer productivity so you can give confidently). Flat donations are also welcome.

Join Bob in challenging your friends, co-workers and hiking pals to match your gift.


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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 devices).

Suggested Donation: $5 per person
Please Register Before the Event.
Limit: 15 participants

All donations directly benefit the construction and ongoing maintenance of the Cumberland

Physical Address of Trailhead: 2000-3398 Black Mountain Rd, Crossville, TN 38555
Meet in the Parking Lot at the top of Black Mountain at 12 pm Central

Today’s smartphones have cameras with capabilities far exceeding what anyone would have imagined a decade ago. With movies being shot on iPhones to professional photographers capturing their own impressive work using these tiny marvels, the power of these all-in-one devices is astounding.

We all use “Auto” mode but join Mike Croley at this workshop to learn about more detailed settings, framing, using the “Pro” mode, and the tips and tricks to truly unleash the ability of your smartphone.

All set at the beautiful Black Mountain Overlook trail with our variety of wildflowers, sweeping vistas, boulder fields, and uninterrupted views of the Tennessee River Valley – there will be no shortage of moments to capture.

Some Things to Keep in Mind:
–Wear appropriate shoes for hiking.
–Dress for the weather/temperature.
–Bring extra water (and snacks if needed).
**Any questions feel free to contact us at 931-456-6259 or

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!

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!!!!

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Working the trail - CTCThe Cumberland Trails Conference has received a grant from Extreme Terrain Clean Trail Program for $250 for tool purchases.

These tools come just in time to help us with the Alternative Spring Break program.

Patagonia donated items
Patagonia is donating stainless steel pints to CTC

Patagonia is donating stainless steel pints to CTC

Patagonia is supporting CTC and our Alternative Spring Break with a generous donation of stainless steel pint cups.

Who doesn’Patagonia logot need these?  Thanks, Patagonia.

Sockwell donating socks to the Cumberland Trails Conference

Sockwell donating socks to the Cumberland Trails Conference

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Sockwell is giving a pair of socks to every student, volunteer, and staff member for Alternative Spring Break 2022.

We are really going to need these!

Tennessee Trails Association donates to CTC

Tennessee Trails Association

Tennessee Trails Donate to CTC Executive Director Mike Croley

Tennessee Trails Donate to CTC Executive Director Mike Croley




The Tennessee Trails Association Highland Rim chapter’s Joan Hartvigsen and Marietta Poteet present a donation to the Cumberland Trail Conference’s Executive Director, Mike Croley.

Mike spoke at the chapter’s monthly meeting last night. His experience, expertise, and passion for the work was apparent as he talked about his vision for the CTC going forward.

Earlier in February, the TTA board made a contribution towards the CTC’s Spring’s Alternative Spring Break program. ASB brings students from out of state to learn how to sustainably build hiking trails by hand, and the student volunteers make a considerable contribution to work on the Cumberland Trail.