Trail Friends Initiative
The Friends of South Cumberland State Park, in conjunction with our park manager and rangers, have embarked on an exciting new volunteer program, called “Trail Friends,” at four popular trailheads in the park.
“Trail Friends” are stationed at these trailheads during periods of high visitor traffic to welcome hikers, provide information and answer questions about that particular trail.
The trailhead areas “Trail Friends” are staffing include Stone Door in the Beersheba area; Grundy Forest in Tracy City (Fiery Gizzard north); and Foster Falls, between Tracy City and Jasper (Fiery Gizzard south).
The Friends are looking for people who want to become knowledgeable about the most popular trails in the park.
“Trail Friends” volunteers are expected to have a working knowledge of the trail to which they’re assigned, including park rules, trail features and current conditions, where to obtain trail maps, etc.
In order to serve as a Trail Friend, each volunteer is expected to complete a training session with a park ranger, and master additional online curriculum.
Volunteers are needed from 8-4 at the trail heads. You can work in two to four hour stints, of your choice. Each trailhead needs one or two volunteers at a time.We are now scheduling volunteers through October.
Fiery Gizzard/Grundy Forest: Saturdays and Sundays
Foster Falls: Saturdays
Greeter Falls: Saturdays
Stone Door: Sundays
Training is ongoing, and our initial Trail Friends deployments have been very successful. Trail Friends are currently being scheduled through October. If you are interested in learning more, or in beginning the training program, please email the Trail Friends Coordinator to indicate your interest and find out more.
If you love spending time in the park and enjoy meeting people, this is a great opportunity to be a goodwill ambassador for the Friends, and for the Park!
We’re looking forward to having you on board as one of our “Trail Friends” soon!