The Friends of South Cumberland State Park, in conjunction with our park manager and rangers, created an exciting new volunteer program, called “Trail Friends,” at five 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 (Savage Gulf north access); Greeter Falls, near Altamont (Savage Gulf west access); Savage Ranger Station, near Palmer (Savage Gulf east access); Grundy Forest in Tracy City (Fiery Gizzard north access); and Foster Falls, between Tracy City and Jasper (Fiery Gizzard south access).
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.
The Trail Friends are looking for volunteers to staff the trailheads for Fall, 2018!
Volunteers are generally needed from 8 am to 4 pm on weekends, during peak Park visitation periods (typically spring, summer, fall). You can request to be scheduled to work the trailhead of your choice, in two-to-four hour shifts, at times and on days of your choice. Each trailhead needs one or two volunteers at a time. You can either take up a position at the trailhead to help visitors as they come by, or choose to walk that trail and assist visitors you encounter along the way.
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!