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Friends Annual Meeting, Picnic and Family Fun Day: Saturday, June 24
Don't miss this year's Friends Annual Meeting, Picnic and Family Fun day, a full day of hikes, demonstrations and fun are planned for the Friends Annual Meeting and Picnic. All Friends members are welcome to attend this free event, which includes live music, great food, awards, and updates from the Park and the Friends! Main course, beverages, and dessert will be provided; please bring a side dish to share!
To help us plan, please take a moment to RSVP, to let us know you're coming, and how many are in your group:
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
8:30 - 11:00 am
Hike at Greeter Falls / Boardtree Falls
led by Ranger Aaron Reid
(meet at the Greeter Falls Parking Area,
550 Greeter Falls Rd. Altamont 37301)
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Friends Annual Meeting & Picnic
at the Stone Door Picnic Shelter, 1183 Stone Door Rd. Beersheba Spgs 37305
(Special kids’ program with Ranger Murray Gheesling from 11:30 to noon!)
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Climbing demonstration & “try-it-out” at the Great Stone Door with Ranger Jason Reynolds and Asst. Park Mgr. Bill Knapp
TN Promise offers student service hours
Dixson Acquisition adds 1000+ acres to the Fiery Gizzard area of the Park
South Cumberland State Park continues to grow at a remarkable pace, as the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced the addition of 1,058 acres to the park in the Fiery Gizzard in mid-April. With the addition of the Dixson tract, the park is now 30,837 acres. The acquisition from Dr. George and Ruby Dixson fills in a key piece of the “jigsaw puzzle” in the southern portion of the Fiery Gizzard gorge, conserves forestland and cove habitat, and will protect an additional segment of the Fiery Gizzard trail. Learn More »»
Save the Date: October 21, 2017!
Details Coming Soon!
Every Child in the Park takes Grundy 5th Grades to the Fiery Gizzard
In early May, Friends volunteers teamed up with park rangers and special guests to present four days of field trips to every 5th grade class in Grundy County schools, part of the Friends' ongoing "Every Child in the Park" initiative, designed to acquaint students with the park and the natural world.
This year, Tennessee State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath and Old Stone Fort ranger Josh Wagner joined Tennessee Naturalist and friends volunteer Deb Dreves, SCSP rangers Bill "Flint" Knapp, John Ball, and seasonal ranger Ryan Jennings in presenting programs at trailside stops along the Grundy Day Loop, at the northern end of the Fiery Gizzard trail.
Friends volunteer Kelly Baggett produced and coordinated this year's program, which largely managed to avoid this spring's rainy weather!
More Info, Event Pics and Video »»
Calendar Photo Contest!
We need 12 amazing pictures from across the park, in every season, to put in our 2018 Park Calendar! Your pictures must be taken in the Park, but can feature any natural subject. Photos do not have to be recent; past photos are welcome, too! Photos must be received by 5 pm on October 2nd, 2017. If your photo is chosen, you’ll receive a free South Cumberland State Park calendar featuring your work! Winning photos will be announced on October 7th, 2017. Photos must be high resolution files, and all photographers will be given credit for their work. Send up to five (5) photos via email to Ranger Jessie McNeel with “Photo Contest” in the subject line, and be sure to include your name and home address in the email. Please identify where in the park each photo was taken.
Thanks to everyone who supported and visited
Trails & Trilliums 2017!
Save the dates for next year:
April 13-14-15, 2018!
Volunteers needed for Friends’ Annual Meeting & Picnic - June 24th, 11 am
We need volunteers to help with a variety of lunch set-up, clean-up and general information tasks at the Friends' Annual Meeting and Picnic, to be held this year at the Stone Door Pavilion, near the Ranger Station. The event begins at noon on June 24th, so volunteers are asked to report to the Stone Door Pavilion no later than 11:15 am. Sign Up to Help »»
Volunteer to help build the Denny Falls trail! Denny Cove, the newest area of the park, is now officially open (weekends only, until the trail build is complete!). Help us complete the 1.5 mile main trail out to Denny Falls, so Denny Cove can be open on a daily basis! Volunteer to help Rangers Jason Reynolds and John Ball get the job done! Watch the two minute video from Ranger Jason, below:
More Details »» Sign Up to Help »»
Grundy Forest and Grundy Lakes Trail Maintenance Crews Needed!
With the Fiery Gizzard reroutes complete, attention now turns to making essential repairs to popular trails in Grundy Forest and Grundy Lakes! There are jobs for everyone, and many do NOT involve moving rocks!
More Details »» Sign Up to Help »»
Volunteers Needed for Trails Assessment
Volunteers are needed to work with our Rangers to assess the condition of each trail in the Park. Learn how to assess trails and become one of our "on-call" assessment team members.
More Details »» Sign Up to Help »»
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. It has purchased land to add to your park, provided construction materials, built bridges, a ranger house, picnic shelters, purchased a truck and bikes for the rangers, helped assess, re-route and build trails, created education programs for our local schools, totally renovated your Visitor Center, and have made many other improvements to your park. If you love the park, join the Friends and help them care for 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, at 30,837 acres, Tennessee's largest state park. A 1993 law passed by the Tennessee General Assembly allows state parks to contract with and receive financial assistance from an organized friends group. As a result, 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 in July, 1994. As a 501(c)3 non profit public benefit corporation, your membership and gifts may be Federally tax deductible.
Please join us in supporting and protecting the South Cumberland State Park!