Tennessee's WildSide

Tennessee’s WildSide TV made a video featuring Cumberland Trail Building.

Visit their website here or just watch the video below.

Extreme Terrain Clean Trail Project Logo

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

Sockwell logo

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.

Alternative Spring Break - March 2022

Each year Cumberland Trails Conference host Alternative Spring Break for college students interested in volunteering their time to help build new trail. This year ASB will be March 6th-12th and trail building efforts will be on new sections of the Piney River Segment.

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Gary Grametbauer
Gary Grametbauer

Gary Grametbauer

Gary L. Grametbauer, age 75, of Kingston, TN, died January 29, 2020, after a short illness. Gary was born in Canton, Ohio, and was a graduate of Hoover High School and the University of Akron. He was employed for more than 30 years at the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant, where he was a manager in instrumentation engineering.

From the time he was a child, Gary had an abiding passion for and curiosity about the outdoors and the natural world, and with his move to Tennessee that grew into a great zeal for hiking. He was never happier or more at peace than when he was on the trail, always eager to know what might lie around the next bend. He was for many years an active volunteer with the Cumberland Trail Conference, which he served at one point as acting president. When indoors, he enjoyed doing genealogy research for himself, family members, and friends. He was a classical music lover and an accomplished pianist.

Gary is survived by his loving wife, Carol, of 53 years.

Memorials may be made to the Cumberland Trails Conference, 409 Thurman Ave. #102, Crossville, TN 38555; or to Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning, P.O. Box 6873, Oak Ridge, TN 37831. The mountains are calling and I must go. – John Muir

Gary Grametbauer’s Celebration of Life is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, in Room 102 at First Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge, 1501 Oak Ridge Turnpike. (Room 102 is in the church’s administration building, the building closest to Lafayette Drive.)