Tony Hook, former CTC Trail Manager, waits while tools are collected at the end of ASB 2010. (Photo Richie)
Tony started with the CTC in the mid 1990’s as a volunteer. Later he gave up his career manufacturing process engineering to become full time Trail Manager for the CTC, a position he held until 2014.
Known for his passion and focus on making the Cumberland Trail a premiere hiking experience, Tony brought his organizing talents to bear, expanding the yearly BreakAway program and successfully bring numerous construction grants to the Cumberland Trail. Tony devoted so much of his energy to the trail – far beyond what was required for the job. This included projects that required multiple over nights on the trail because the build site was so far from a trailhead.
Many CTC volunteers learned much more than the basics of trail construction from Tony. Those who were privileged to work with him learned how to approach technical construction problems with new eyes and see possibilities where none were apparent.
The Cumberland Trail is a better place for his work, passion and technical skill. Trail building is a way to leave a lasting legacy – Tony Hook has left a legacy all hikers should celebrate. (Ed.)
Tony Hook (in orange) works with volunteers to load lumber on the derrick for a 90 foot ride into Big Soddy Gorge during construction of the 100 foot suspension bridge, 2014. (Richie)
Tony Hook examines the next step in trimming log stringers for the Cave Branch Bridge. Unlike so many bridge builds on the CT in remote locations, a Jeep road next to the creek allowed access for the CTC truck. (Richie)