Fiery Gizzard Reroute
"Pioneers of the Park" celebration set for Saturday, Nov 5th
(above) Gov. Dunn did some of his historic 1971 tour of Savage Gulf on horseback. A full day of family-friendly activities are planned to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Dunn's tour. More details here >>>
Volunteers Needed for Fall Trails Assessment
Volunteers are needed to assess each trail in the Park. Trails Assessment training sessions upcoming! Read More >>>
SCSP, Grundy County agree to collaborate
On September 27th, Grundy County Mayor Michael Brady and South Cumberland State Park Interim Park Manager George Shinn signed a resolution mutually pledging Grundy County and the Park to collaborate in order to enhance the lives of area residents by promoting healthy lifestyles, environmental education, and economic growth.
Denny Cove adds 685 acres to the Park
Denny Falls, in the new Denny Cove tract. Photo courtesy of The Access Fund & S.E. Climbers Coalition Read More >>>
Volunteers Needed to Introduce Kids to
Fiery Gizzard Trail Work Crews Needed!
Every Saturday & Sunday this Fall --
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
With Phase One of the trail completed and Phase Two nearly there, we still need YOU! Join us every Saturday and Sunday this Fall to flex that volunteer muscle and help create a positive, lasting impact on this beautiful park! There are jobs for everyone, and many do NOT involve moving rocks! This exciting reroute will cut through some rugged and beautiful terrain so be prepared with sturdy footwear and plenty of water/snacks. If you have a favorite tool or pair of gloves, feel free to bring them. We will meet at the Grundy Forest parking lot, 131 Fiery Gizzard Rd. Tracy City, TN 37387, and will work till early afternoon. For more info or if you want to bring a large group, email Ranger Jason Reynolds.
Volunteers needed for "Pioneers of the Park" on November 5th in Beersheba Springs!
Come enjoy a fall day at the Big Red Barn as you help us provide a fun, family-friendly set of activities to Friends members and the general public. See this story for more details on what we'll be offering. If you can help, please email Kelly Baggett and let her know!
This fall, volunteers are especially urgently needed at the Visitor Center, both to help with our traditionally heavy flow of visitors during the fall colors, and also because the Visitor Center is also a polling precinct for this year’s General Election. The Visitor Center will be a very busy place, and the rangers really need your help in staffing the front desk and providing information to visitors so they can focus on their patrolling and hike-leading duties! If you can help, please email Rhonda Atkins or Jodie Nunley to schedule times when you can volunteer!
About the Friends
To aid and assist the South Cumberland State Park management and staff in meeting its objectives, and to inform, educate, engage, and inspire its members and the public to protect, conserve, and enjoy all the resources of the park.
Why Should You Be a Friends Member?
As one of our outstanding Park Rangers said, "One of the best things that has ever happened to South Cumberland is the formation of our Friends group. They have purchased land to add to the park, have provided construction materials, built bridges, a ranger house, picnic shelter, a truck, bikes for the rangers, and have made many other improvements to your park. If you love the park, join the Friends and help them care for and improve this wonderful wilderness resource!"
Your Friends membership directly supports the park.
The Friends of South Cumberland is a group of volunteer citizens dedicated to supporting the South Cumberland State Park, Tennessee's largest state wilderness park. A 1993 law passed by the Tennessee General Assembly allows state parks to contract with and receive financial assistance from a friends group organized according to the law. Now, private citizens can be involved with and support the park through both volunteer work and financial support.
Funding for the Friends of South Cumberland is derived from individual and corporate memberships and from private donations. Our group was founded in 1993 and our tax deductible status was approved as of July, 1994. As a 501(c)3 non profit public benefit corporation, your membership and gifts are Federally tax deductible.
Please join us in supporting and protecting the South Cumberland State Park!
Friends add microscope and monitors to Visitor Center with SCCF grant
Two new flat-screen monitors and a high-definition video microscope have been installed at the Visitor Center, thanks to a grant from the South Cumberland Community Fund. The improvements are the latest in an ongoing series of upgrades to the 30-year-old facility. Earlier this year, Friends volunteers reconfigured the exhibit area, repainted most of the interior of the building, and helped with lighting and flooring upgrades. In mid-October, the SCCF grant will also make possible a field trip to the Visitor Center for all Grundy County fourth graders. Come see what's new!