The Friends of South Cumberland State Park, in conjunction with our park managers and rangers, have 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 the trails.
Since implementation, Trail Friends have assisted thousands of park visitors with information about the special attractions in the park, the range and specifics of what is here, and about critical safe behaviors. Fall Season 2020 marked the beginning of our fourth year of service to the park.
The trailheads Trail Friends typically staff include Savage Gulf North (Stone Door) in the Beersheba area; Savage Gulf West (Greeter Falls), near Altamont; Savage Gulf East (Savage Falls), Fiery Gizzard North (Grundy Forest), in Tracy City; and Fiery Gizzard South (Foster Falls), between Tracy City and Jasper.
The Friends are looking for volunteers to help us out at
South Cumberland State Park's most popular trailheads!
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 an online curriculum, meet with a Park Ranger, and shadow a fellow Trail Friend on a shift.
Volunteers are generally needed from 8 am to 4 pm on weekends and holidays, during peak Park visitation periods (typically spring and fall). Volunteers can request to be scheduled to work the trailhead of their choice, in two-to-four hour shifts, at times and on days of their choosing. Trail Friends volunteers wear identifying apparel and badges, and set out signage at the trailhead so park visitors know that the Trail Friends are there to help.