"We were amazed at the success of this venture. Over the years we have tried many approaches to bring people into the park, but the idea of a year-long hiking challenge hit the right note. We are thrilled with the numbers of hikers who are coming, the distances they are traveling, and their response to experiencing the park."
-- Mary Priestley, FSC board member and author of "Hike 'em All: A Guide to Hiking
in the South Cumberland"
The Friends of South Cumberland have put together several collections of interesting and beautiful hikes in the park, each organized by a common theme. Our most recent challenge, "Hiking in Mack's Tracks," honors the efforts of the late Tennessee State Naturalist-Emeritus Mack Prichard to protect the most scenic and ecologically-significant places in the South Cumberlands. Hikes in this series take participants to every section, and along every trail, in South Cumberland and Savage Gulf State Parks. The park has nearly 90 miles of completed trail, ranging from relatively easy, short day loops to longer and more challenging multi-day hikes in the more remote areas of the park, with additional trail being built by Park Rangers and Friends volunteers in several newly-acquired areas of the park.