We Need Volunteers !

Contact the CTC with this email: volunteeratctc@gmail.com  There are still 90 miles to build and the CTC can use help both on the trail and in the office. Don’t know how to build trail? We can train and provide tools !

Volunteer Time Sheets Available:

Click HERE to print out form and keep track of your monthly volunteer hours. Mail or scan and email to the CTC office at CTCoffice2014@gmail.com.  Keeping a record of all volunteer hours is important for funding grant applications.  We love our volunteers.  Here’s what’s going on . . .

ASB / BreakAway 2019 !

2019 BreakAway is March 3 to 29 near Crab Orchard, TN.

BreakAway / Alternative Spring Break for 2019 is our 24th year hosting college students from all over the United States to extend the CT.  Set aside some time in March to work with over 150 college students on the trail !  To confirm your participation and get further information contact the CTC Office 931-456-6259 or ctcoffice2014@gmail.com.

Hiking clubs and local civic / social groups are encouraged to volunteer as well.  We need to know what days (or weeks) you will be volunteering so we can arrange for accommodations and meals.

We also need “Camp Dads” and “Camp Moms” to help with registration on Sunday and meal preparation.  Even if you can’t work on the trail, there is plenty of support work to do !

150+ students will be with us throughout the month of March.  Students / Volunteers arrive Sunday.  Sunday evening after dinner is an orientation followed by a briefing for WagonMasters and local volunteers.  Students work Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.  Work continues Wednesday with paid crew and local volunteers!  Housing available for area volunteers.

Lots Going On For 2018 :

Volunteer Anytime !

Our regular trail crews love company . . . and help. Normally they work Wednesday through Friday starting at 7:30 AM Central Time for the Central Crew and 7:30 AM Eastern Time for the Southern Crew.  Contact the office to get directions and location details.  Call 931-456-6259 or volunteeratctc@gmail.com


Students ! For details and what to bring check here:

  Click and Learn more about BreakAway.

As always, contact the CTC Office for information and questions at 931-456-6259 or ctcoffice2014@gmail.com

Scroll down for Base Camp Directions.


Morgan County Trail Building Events Every Month in 2018 !

In addition to the annual Alternative Spring Break event, the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail will be working on new section of trail that will connect the Morgan County Visitor Center in Wartburg, TN to the top of Bird Mountain, headed north toward Frozen Head State Park & State Natural Area.

Weather permitting; volunteers are invited to assist with construction. Tools and training are provided and no experience is required.

Dates for this event are: Saturday 3/10.  Then April 14, May 5, June 16 and July 14.


Volunteers will meet at the Morgan County Visitor Center at 10:00am for an orientation/safety meeting. Work will conclude by 3:30pm. 

Volunteers will need lunch, water and extra water. Please dress in layers for the weather, including long pants and long sleeves.  Bring a rain jacket, and wear closed-toe shoes. If you have your own work gloves, bring them, otherwise tools and gloves will be supplied by the park.

*Volunteer hours can fulfill Tennessee Promise Scholarship requirements.

*Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian present.

The Morgan County Visitor Center is located at 3804 Morgan County Hwy  (at the junction of US-27 and TN-62).

Hiking clubs, church groups and civic groups welcome !

*To RSVP or for questions, contact Ranger Ingram at 423-419-9516

ASB Base Camp Location 2019 –

We anticipate Camp Ozone again for 2019. Watch this space if that changes.

Base Camp is in CENTRAL TIME

From Nashville and Points West

From I-40E take the Exit 229 at Crab Orchard. Turn LEFT at top of ramp. Cross over I40. At the stop sign turn RIGHT.
This is US70.  Proceed about 4 miles.  Watch for the old PURE GAS sign on the left. Turn LEFT on Camp Ozone Road.  Cross under a rail bridge and under I40. Bear LEFT and look for signs for CAMP OZONE and CTC signs.

From Knoxville, Atlanta and Points North or South

From I-40 west to exit 229.  At the top of the ramp turn RIGHT.
This is US70.  Proceed about 4 miles.  Watch for the old PURE GAS sign on the left. Turn LEFT on Camp Ozone Road.  Cross under a rail bridge and under I40. Bear LEFT and look for signs for CAMP OZONE and CTC signs.

Email for more information ctcoffice2014@gmail.com or call the office at (931)456-6259


Basic Trail Design Class TBA for 2018

Intro to Trail Building Class TBA

The Cumberland Trails Conference continues sponsorship of classes on trail design and construction.

November 2017 Trail Construction Class. (Richie)

The Introduction to Trail Construction class makes use of design work from the previous class to teach fundamentals of trail construction. There is no cost for these classes, but class size is limited.

Classes are hands-on, in the woods activity working a real section of trail.  Design students learn about the behavior of water on a trail, the “half-rule,” how to “read” land forms, standards for turns and switchbacks, trail construction standards, terminology, how to use a clineometer and MUCH more.

Introduction to Trail Building class runs 9 to 2 CT. Participants learn the full range of trail building from clearing duff and grubbing bushes to finished trail.  Each technique is carefully demonstrated by Master Trail Builders before students get a chance to put their new skills to work.

Introduction to Trail Building covers tool safety, construction of a full bench trail, a review of the “half-rule”, the importance of good back slopes and why good construction techniques mean fewer maintenance problems in the future.

You will never look at trail the same way again . . .

The classes are free but registration is required.  Tools are provided.  Participants need to bring lunch, water, gloves, sturdy shoes and bug spray. Design students should bring a notebook.  Contact the Cumberland Trails Conference for registration and directions when dates are announced, ctcoffice2014@gmail.com or 931 456 6259.

For more information about hiking the Cumberland trail go to: www.cumberlandtrail.org/maps-and-guides/   


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