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Park Schedule

Trail Run, Savage Day Loop (4 mi, Easy)
Friday, Feb. 10th, 8:30 am
Savage Gulf Ranger Station
3177 State Road 399, Palmer, TN 37365

Like to run with others?  Ranger Gheesling welcomes runners of all levels for this 4.2 mile run along the relatively flat, but exciting and scenic, Savage Day Loop.  Meet at the Savage Gulf Ranger Station.
 
Grundy Forest Ecology (2 mi, Moderate)
Friday, Feb. 10th, 1:00 pm

Grundy Forest Parking Area
131 Fiery Gizzard Rd., Tracy City, TN 37387

Join Ranger Park for a walk around the Grundy Day Loop to investigate the winter ecology of the region. You’ll be surprised to see all the forms of life that not only survive, but thrive in the colder temperatures! 

Small Wilds Hike (5 miles, Moderate)
Saturday, Feb. 11th, 9:00 am

Foster Falls Parking Area
498 Foster Falls Rd. Sequatchie, TN 37374

Join Ranger Park for a hike out to GORGEous Laurel Gorge, with panoramic views and towering cliffs. Bring your camera! Please wear sturdy shoes, bring plenty of water, and dress for the weather.

Savage Falls Hike
 (4 mi, Easy)
Saturday, Feb. 11th, 9:30 am
Savage Gulf Ranger Station
3177 State Road 399, Palmer, TN 37365

This is a relatively flat, easy hike, led by Ranger Gheesling. The destination is Savage Falls for this 4 mile round-trip hike.  This 30-foot waterfall marks the head of Savage Creek Gulf. 

Bark in the Park: Grundy Forest Edition 
Saturday, Feb. 11th, 10 am
 (2 mi, Moderate)
Grundy Forest Parking Area
131 Fiery Gizzard Rd., Tracy City, TN 37387

Bring your pups and enjoy a walk with your best friends on the Grundy Day Loop trail.  All dogs must be on a leash.  Remember to bring water for your pooch!

Stone Door Hike
 (2 mi, Easy)
Saturday, Feb. 11th, 1:00 pm
Stone Door Ranger Station
1183 Stone Door Rd. Beersheba Spgs. 37305

Meet Ranger Aaron for an easy 2-mile hike to see the beautiful Stone Door and overlooks. The Great Stone Door was used for centuries by the Indians as a passage way from the top of the plateau into the gorges below. Like a giant door left ajar, the crack is 10 feet wide and 100 feet deep! The surrounding cliffs offer spectacular views across the Savage Gulf.

Winter Tree Identification
 (2 mi, Moderate)
Sunday, Feb. 12th, 8:00 am
Grundy Lakes Parking Area
587 Lakes Road, Tracy City, TN 37387

Trees can be pretty hard to identify in the wintertime.  If you want some easy identification tips, join Ranger Jason for a moderate two-mile tree hike at Grundy Lakes.

Hawk Talk
Sunday, Feb. 12th, 10:00 am

So. Cumberland State Park Visitor Center
11745 US 41, Monteagle, TN 37356

Join Ranger Jessie in front of the Visitor Center to learn all about the lifestyle of the Hawk. Great program for the kids!

Sycamore Falls Hike  (3.1 mi, Moderate)
Sunday, Feb. 12th, 1:00 pm

Grundy Forest Parking Area
131 Fiery Gizzard Rd., Tracy City, TN 37387

Join with Ranger Park for a hike to Sycamore Falls. With recent rains, numerous waterfalls and winding trails this, hike won’t disappoint! Please wear sturdy shoes. The terrain is rocky with lots of roots. 


Bookworms: 
Valentine’s Day Hike and Crafts

Tuesday, Feb. 14th, 1:00 pm
Savage Gulf Ranger Station
3177 State Road 399, Palmer, TN 37365

Ranger Gheesling hosts a program designed for the youngest nature lovers!  It’s a short hike around Savage Station campground and Valentine’s Day crafts at the Savage Gulf Ranger Station for kids age 1-5 (but all ages are welcome)!

Denny Cove Trail Work (Moderate to rugged)
Saturday, Feb. 18th, 9:00 am
Denny Cove Parking Area (see details below)
5917 US 41 (TN-150), Sequatchie, TN 37374

The newest part of the park needs your help! A dedication ceremony and official public opening is planned at Denny Cove in mid-March, and the 2.5 mile main access trail still needs work! Meet Rangers Jason Reynolds and/or John Ball at the Denny Cove parking area.  Look for a gravel road with a small brown park sign and bar gate, across from the Foster Falls Volunteer Fire Department on US 41, about 1.5 miles south of Foster Falls. Follow the gravel road about 3/4 of a mile to the Denny Cove parking area, on your right. The trailhead is at the far corner of the parking area, opposite where you drove in.

Trail Run – Big Creek Rim & Laurel Trails
Sunday, Feb. 19th, 8:00 am (7 mi, Moderate)

Stone Door Ranger Station
1183 Stone Door Rd. Beersheba Spgs 37305

Join Ranger Aaron for a moderate 7-mile trail run past the Great Stone Door and many other overlooks on the Big Creek Rim trail.  Runners must be able to keep at least a 12 min/mile pace. Wear trail shoes and bring water. For more information call the Stone Door Ranger Station at (931) 692-3887.

Suter Falls Hike (2 mi, Rugged)
Saturday, Feb. 19th, 10:00 am

Collins West Parking Area
2689 55th Ave., Gruetli-Laager, TN 37339

Enjoy the geologic beauty of Suter Falls.  This impressive feature marks the head of the Collins Gulf.  This is a relatively steep 2 mile round trip hike.

Grundy Forest Trail Work (Moderate/rugged)
Sunday, Feb. 26th, 2-3:30 pm

Grundy Forest Parking Area
131 Fiery Gizzard Rd., Tracy City, TN 37387

With the Fiery Gizzard Reroute completed, we now need to focus on improving the other 85 miles of trail in the park! Meet Ranger Park at the Grundy Forest parking lot. Come prepared with sturdy shoes, snacks, and plenty of water.

Denny Cove Trail Work (Moderate to rugged)
Saturday, March 4th & 18th, 9:00 am
Denny Cove Parking Area (see details below)
5917 US 41 (TN-150), Sequatchie, TN 37374

The newest part of the park needs your help! A dedication ceremony and official public opening is planned at Denny Cove in mid-March, and the 2.5 mile main access trail still needs work! Meet Rangers Jason Reynolds and/or John Ball at the Denny Cove parking area.  Look for a gravel road with a small brown park sign and bar gate, across from the Foster Falls Volunteer Fire Department on US 41, about 1.5 miles south of Foster Falls. Follow the gravel road about 3/4 of a mile to the Denny Cove parking area, on your right. The trailhead is at the far corner of the parking area, opposite where you drove in.

JANUARY HIKES 2017

 

 Please wear sturdy shoes, bring plenty of water and a snack. Call the Park office at 931-924-2980 or check the Friends' MeetUp  for the latest on all hikes and trail activities.

 

New Trail Hike, Denny Cove (4 miles, rugged)

Sunday, January 1st, 10:00 am

Denny Cove Parking Area (see details below)

5900 US 41, Sequatchie, TN 37374

Here's your opportunity to experience the newest area of South Cumberland State Park! The hike is a 4 mile round trip that will include some very rugged terrain.  Bring plenty of water and dress for the weather.  The entrance to Denny Cove is about 2 miles south of the Foster Falls entrance on US 41, across the street from the Foster Falls Volunteer Fire Department building.  Turn down the gravel road across from the fire department.  The parking area is located approximately one mile from the highway, on the right side of the access road. We'll meet there at 10 am.

 

Savage Gulf Waterfalls  (5.5 miles, moderate)

Sunday, January 1st, 10:00 am

Savage Gulf Ranger Station, 

3177 State Road 399, Palmer, TN 37365

Join Ranger Jessie McNeel to see one of Savage Gulf's many waterfalls, Savage Falls, and also get a chance to see the scenic Rattle Snake Point overlook as well. This will be a moderate hike so please wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks. Weather is unpredictable this time of year so please take a look at the forecast ahead of time and dress for the weather!

 

Small Wilds Hike  (5 miles, easy)

Friday, January 6th, 1:00 pm

Foster Falls Parking Area

498 Foster Falls Rd. Sequatchie, TN 37374

Join Ranger Park at the Foster Falls parking area for an easy 5 mile out and back hike to see one of the more sweeping views on the Fiery Gizzard Trail. 

 

Stone Door Hike  (2 miles, easy)

Saturday, January 7th, 10:00 am

Stone Door Ranger Station

1183 Stone Door Rd. Beersheba Spgs TN 37305

Meet Ranger Aaron for an easy 2-mile hike to see the beautiful Stone Door and overlooks. The Great Stone Door was used for centuries by the Indians as a passage way from the top of the plateau into the gorges below. Like a giant door left ajar, the crack is 10 feet wide and 100 feet deep! The surrounding cliffs offer spectacular views across the Savage Gulf State Natural Area. Don’t forget your camera!

 

South Cumberland Book Worms!

Saturday, January 7th, 10:30 - 11 am

Savage Gulf Picnic Area/Ranger Station

3177 State Road 399, Palmer, TN 37365

Ranger Gheesling hosts a program designed for our youngest nature lovers!  It’s story time and crafts for kids 1-4 (all ages welcome).  Meet at the Savage Gulf Picnic Area or, in case of rain, the Savage Gulf Ranger Station.

 

Natural Bridge Geology  (short walk, easy)

Saturday, January 7th, 2:00 pm

Sewanee Natural Bridge

591 Natural Bridge Rd. Sewanee, TN 37376

Meet Ranger Park for a short walk around the Sewanee Natural Bridge to delve into the fascinating natural history of the region. From our planet’s beginning to the grand forces that created the Cumberland Plateau to the tiny grains of sand and expanding ice that wears away at the sandstone, there is more at work than is commonly known. Please bring plenty of questions!

 

Grundy Forest Trail Work

Sunday, January 8th, 2:00 pm

Grundy Forest Parking Area

131 Fiery Gizzard Rd., Tracy City, TN 37387

Join Ranger Park at the Grundy Forest parking area for a chance to give back to the park! With the Fiery Gizzard Reroute now completed, we can now focus on improving the other 85 miles of trail, and we need your help! Come prepared with sturdy shoes, gloves, and plenty of water.

 

Suter Falls Hike  (2 miles, rugged)

Saturday, January 14th, 9:30 am

Collins West Parking Area

2689 55th Ave., Gruetli-Laager, TN 37339

Meet Ranger Gheesling and learn about the geologic beauty of Suter Falls.  This impressive feature marks the head of the Collins Gulf.  This is a relatively steep 2 mile round trip hike.   

 

Grundy Lakes History Hike  (2.3 mi, moderate)

Saturday, January 14th, 10:00 am

Grundy Lakes Parking Area

587 Lakes Road, Tracy City, TN 37387

Meet Ranger Park for a look into the turbulent past of the coal mining industry that created much of the region. Our history is full of both tragedy and comedy, so come with a healthy curiosity to learn more! 

 

Greeter Falls Loop  (1.5 miles, moderate)

Sunday, January 15th, 10:00 am

Greeter Falls Parking Area

550 Greeter Falls Rd. Altamont, TN 37301

Join Ranger Jessie for a 1.5 mile hike to Greeter Falls, a 40’ waterfall that often is coated in ice in colder temperatures; a perfect hike for those looking for a little winter photography. There is a moderate elevation change and some loose rocks are present, so come prepared with sturdy shoes and your camera!

 

Savage Slide Show

Sunday, January 15th, 1:30 pm

Savage Gulf Ranger Station

3177 State Road 399, Palmer, TN 37365

Enjoy a good, old-fashioned, vintage slide show featuring the flora, fauna, and features of Savage Gulf Natural Area.  It's show time at the Savage Ranger Station!

 

Grundy Lakes Trail Work

Sunday, January 15th, 2:00 pm

Grundy Lakes Parking Area

587 Lakes Road, Tracy City, TN 37387

Join Ranger Park at the Grundy Lakes parking  parking area for a chance to give back to the park! With the Fiery Gizzard Reroute now completed, we can now focus on improving the other 85 miles of trail, and we need your help! Come prepared with sturdy shoes, gloves, and plenty of water.

 

Savage Falls Hike  (4 miles, easy)

Saturday, January 21st, 9:30 am

Savage Gulf Ranger Station

3177 State Road 399, Palmer, TN 37365

Meet Ranger Gheesling for a relatively flat, easy hike to Savage Falls. This 30-foot waterfall marks the head of Savage Creek Gulf. Just above the falls is the beautiful and rugged Savage Creek cascade, which is often icy and beautiful in winter!  

 

Suter Falls Hike  (2 miles, rugged)

Saturday, January 21st, 10:00 am

Collins West Parking Area 

2689 55th Ave., Gruetli-Laager, TN 37339

Meet up with Ranger Jessie for a moderate-to-rugged hike to this unique 30 ft. waterfall. Suter Falls sits in a rock basin with a prominent overhang just before the waterfall.  There is a moderate elevation change and some loose rocks are present, so come prepared with sturdy shoes and your camera!

 

Greeter Falls Loop  (2 miles, moderate)

Saturday, January 21st, 2:00 pm

Greeter Falls Parking Area

550 Greeter Falls Rd. Altamont, TN 37301

Meet Ranger Aaron for a moderate hike around the Greeter Falls Loop trail. We will be hiking past both Greeter Falls and Boardtree Falls, two of the most beautiful waterfalls on the Plateau.  

 

Natural Bridge Geology  (short walk, easy)

Sunday, January 22nd, 2:00 pm

Sewanee Natural Bridge

591 Natural Bridge Rd. Sewanee, TN 37376

Meet Ranger Park for a short walk around the Sewanee Natural Bridge to delve into the fascinating natural history of the region. From our planet’s beginning to the grand forces that created the Cumberland Plateau to the tiny grains of sand and expanding ice that wears away at the sandstone, there is more at work than is commonly known. Please bring plenty of questions!

New Moon Astronomy Star Gazing

Saturday, January 28th, 7:00 pm 

(Weather Dependent)

So. Cumberland State Park Visitor Center

11745 US 41, Monteagle, TN 37356

Join Ranger Park at the Visitor Center for an opportunity to gaze into the night sky. ome prepared to study the stars, planets, and other heavenly bodies. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight (preferably one with a red light). If it is r

ainy or cloudy the program will be rescheduled.

 

Grundy Forest Ecology  (2 miles, moderate)

Sunday, January 29th1:00 pm

Grundy Forest Parking Area

131 Fiery Gizzard Rd., Tracy City, TN 37387

Join Ranger Park for a walk around the Grundy Day Loop to investigate the winter ecology of the region. You may be surprised to see all the forms of life that not only survive, but thrive in the colder temperatures! Please wear sturdy footwear!

Every Day
Back the Rangers assistance at the Visitors' Center especially during the busy tourist season. Rhonda Atkins fscsra@gmail.com

 

DECEMBER HIKES 2016
No scheduled hikes at this point. Watch for hike updates. meetup.com
South Cumberland State Park Visitors Need Your Help
Park Visitors would love to have your assistance in introducing them to the South Cumberland State Park.

In December, Park staffing of the Information Desk at the Visitor Center will be constrained, and volunteer assistance would be wonderful.   The primary activity is answering questions that visitors may have about the park and the surrounding area.  The Park and its many trails and locations can be quite confusing for first time visitors and/or for those who are ready for something new.  Visitors are often interested in the exhibits as well as learning about the geography of our plateau. 

A number of people have already gone through an introductory session covering the type of work at the desk.  The Park staff will be covering Saturday, but additional assistance would be most helpful mornings or afternoons, Sunday through Friday.  There is a staff person on duty most of the week, and the rangers are likely to be accessible as needed for back-up.  But, your enthusiasm and interaction with the visitors will be enjoyable and rewarding for you and highly appreciated by the staff and visitors.  

We will be planning another training session for early December, and we’ll be arranging for experienced volunteers to help out as needed in on-site training.  Let us know if you’d be interested in exploring this great volunteer opportunity further.  Contact Flo Wilson at florencejwilson@gmail.com or 615-974-8487.

OCTOBER PROGRAMS 

Every Saturday and Sunday

9:00 am

Fiery Gizzard Trail Work (Strenuous)

With Phase One of the trail completed and Phase Two nearly there, we still need YOU! Come on out every Saturday and Sunday in October to flex that volunteer muscle and help create a positive, lasting impact on this beautiful park! Meet one of the Trail Bosses or Rangers at the Grundy Forest parking lot for a fun, hard day of work in wilderness. There is a job for everyone regardless of prior experience.  Please bring sturdy footwear, gloves, lunch, and plenty of water. All tools, instruction, and transportation to the work site will be provided.

Meeting Address: 131 Fiery Gizzard Rd. Tracy City, TN 37387

 

Saturaday, Oct. 8

10:00 am

Bark in the Park (4.2 miles, Moderate)

Join Ranger Jessie at the Savage Gulf Ranger Station for a moderate 4.2 mile hike with your furry friends. The trail has some slight inclines in areas, but for the most part is relatively flat; but has some amazing views of the Savage Gulf. Please wear sturdy footwear and bring plenty of water. Don't forget a leash and water for your dog! 

Meeting Address: 3177 Hwy. 399 Palmer,TN 37356

Monday, Oct. 10

2:00 pm

Grundy Forest Nature Hike (2 miles, Moderate)

Meet up with Ranger Park at the Grundy Forest parking lot for an investigation into the fall nature scenes surrounding the Grundy Forest. This 2 mile loop hike will showcase some of the most picturesque waterfalls and fall colors. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. 

Meeting Address: 131 Fiery Gizzard Rd. Tracy City, TN 37387 

 

Sunday, Oct. 16

4:00 pm

Natural Bridge Geology (Walk, Easy)

Meet Ranger Park at the Natural Bridge parking lot for a short walk to one of the most impressive geological features on the park. During the walk we will explore the fascinating history that created such a formation! Wear sturdy shoes, bring plenty of water, and a healthy curiosity. 

Meeting Address: 591 Natural Bridge Rd. Sewanee, TN 37375

Monday, Oct. 17

2:00 pm

Small Wilds Fall Color Hike (5 miles, Moderate) 

Join Ranger Park at the Foster Falls parking lot for a moderate out-and-back 5 mile hike to the Small Wilds Overlook to view the beautiful fall colors! The hike will meander through the pines and oaks of the top of the plateau out to the incredible Small Wilds Overlook before heading back via the Climbe's Loop Trail for a chance to see Foster Falls from below. Please bring sturdy shoes, snacks, and plenty of water. 

Meeting Address: 498 Foster Falls Rd. Sequatchie, TN 37374

Friday, Oct. 21

2:00 pm

Small Wilds Fall Color Hike (5 miles, Moderate) 

Join Ranger Park at the Foster Falls parking lot for a moderate out-and-back 5 mile hike to the Small Wilds Overlook to view the beautiful fall colors! The hike will meander through the pines and oaks of the top of the plateau out to the incredible Small Wilds Overlook before heading back via the Climbe's Loop Trail for a chance to see Foster Falls from below. Please bring sturdy shoes, snacks, and plenty of water. 

Meeting Address: 498 Foster Falls Rd. Sequatchie, TN 37374

Saturday, October 22

8:00 am

Fiery Gizzard Fall Color Hike (~11 miles, Strenuous)

Join Volunteer Katie at the Grundy Forest parking Lot for a strenuous hike on the Raven's Point Loop. This 11 mile hike will travel to Raven's Point via the Lower Fiery Gizzard Trail and return by the Dog Hole Trail. The views will be spectacular, the leaves will be brilliant, and the trail will be beautiful! Please come prepared with sturdy footwear, lunch, and plenty of water. 

Meeting Address: 131 Fiery Gizzard Rd. Tracy City, TN 37387

Sunday, Oct. 23 

2:00 pm

Grundy Lakes History Hike (2.3 miles, Moderate) 

Join Ranger Park at the Grundy Lakes parking lot for a moderate 2.3 miles hike to explore the fascinating history of the region. The trail winds past the foundations of the past as well as showcases some brilliant fall colors! Please wear sturdy footwear and bring plenty of water. 

Meeting Address: 587 Lakes Rd. Tracy City, TN 37387

Friday, Oct. 28

2:00 pm

Grundy Forest Nature Hike (2 miles, Moderate)

Meet up with Ranger Park at the Grundy Forest parking lot for an investigation into the fall nature scenes surrounding the Grundy Forest. This 2 mile loop hike will showcase some of the most picturesque waterfalls and fall colors. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. 

Meeting Address: 131 Fiery Gizzard Rd. Tracy City, TN 37387 

Sunday, Oct. 30

8:00 am

Lost Cove Cave Story Tour ($5, Reservation Required, Strenuous, 5+ miles) 

Not your grandmother's cave tour; come prepared for a strenuous excursion into the depths of the earth to hear (and hopefully not reenact) all the haunted tales of the region. Meet Ranger Park at the Visitor's Center to carpool to the site. There is a 2.5 mile hike to and from the cave itself so come prepared with plenty of water, snacks, and proper footwear. There are no lights in the cave, so bring your own (2 sources of light required). This is a WILD tour, so crawling, sliding, climbing, rock hopping, squeezing through tight cracks are all required! The story tour differs from the normal trips in that we will be exploring some regions of the cave not visited on the normal trips and will be focusing on haunted tales rather than ecology. 

Helmets and a good time will be provided. 

To makes a reservation please e-mail charles.greer@tn.gov

Meeting Address: 11745 US 41 Monteagle, TN 37356

10:00 am

Horsepound Falls Hike (5 miles, Strenuous)

Meet up with Ranger Jessie at the Collin's Gulf parking lot for a strenuous hike through an arm of the Savage Gulf State Natural Area. This out and back hike will travel past Suter Falls, some impressive rock formations, and finally the famed Confederate horse hiding area, Horsepound Falls. There are plenty of loose rocks on the trail, so come prepared with sturdy footwear, plenty of water, and some snacks. 

Meeting Location: 2689 55th Ave. Gruettli-Laager, TN 37339

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August Programs

Saturday 13 - 9:00 am - Adventure Series: Native Americans/ Cave Ecology ($25 per person, STRENUOUS)

Join Ranger Park at the Carter State Natural Area parking lot for a strenuous, most-of-the-day excursion to explore the dark depths of Lost Cove Cave. This is part of the Adventure Series hikes and will include significant off-trail hiking over difficult terrain as well as a long section being through Lost Cove Cave. After exploring the cavern we will hike out the Peter Cave entrance to discuss and examine the Native American inhabitants of the region.

This hike is $25 per person and includes lunch. Come prepared with two light sources, plenty of water, long pants, sturdy shoes, and bug spray!  Reservations can be made online at: http://www.meetup.com/Friends-of-South-Cumberland-State-Park/events/233095198/

 Sunday 14 - 9:00 am - Rock Climbing ($5 per person)

Meet up with Ranger Park at the Foster Falls parking lot for an introductory course into Rock Climbing. This program is designed for those who have not yet had the opportunity to climb on real rocks but have always wanted to. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water.

Reservations can be made by e-mailing: Charles.greer@tn.gov Meeting Address: 498 Foster Falls Rd. Sequatchie, TN 37374

Saturday 20 - 12:00 pm

Sycamore Falls Hike (3.2 miles, Moderate)

Meet up with Ranger Park for a nature walk through the Grundy Forest to explore the many picturesque waterfalls and spectacular stone formations. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water.  Meeting Address: 131 Fiery Gizzard Rd. Tracy City, TN 37387

Friday 26 - 9:00 am - Small Wilds Hike (5 miles, Easy)

Join Ranger Park at the Foster Falls parking lot for an easy 5 mile out and back hike to see one of the more sweeping views on the Fiery Gizzard Trail. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water.  Meeting Address: 498 Foster Falls Rd. Sequatchie, TN 37374

Saturday 27 - Natural Bridge Geology - 2:00 pm

Meet Ranger Park for a short walk around the Sewanee Natural Bridge to delve into the fascinating natural history of the region. From our planet’s  Please come ready with plenty of questions!  Meeting Location: 591 Natural Bridge Rd. Sewanee, TN 37376

Sunday 28 - 9:00 am - Rappelling ($5 per person)

Join Ranger Park at the Stone Door Ranger Station for a short 1 mile hike out to the Stone Door overlook for a chance to rappel over the edge of this stunning overlook! Don’t forget to bring plenty of water and a snack. 2 miles of walking over easy terrain required. Please make reservations by e-mailing: Charles.greer@tn.gov  Meeting Address: 1183 Stone Door Rd. Beersheba Springs, TN 37305

Thursday, July 28th -  9:00 am - Small Wilds Hike (5 miles, Moderate) 
Meet up with Seasonal Ranger Ben to take a gander at the cliffs that surround the Foster Falls area. There are some rocks and roots on the trail for a portion of the hike, so come prepared with sturdy footwear and plenty of water! Meeting Address: 498 Foster Falls Rd. Sequatchie, TN 37374
Ongoing Event in July
Starts at: 7:47 am
July begins our Junior Ranger focus for the South Cumberland region! Beginning Friday, July 1st our park staff will host wonderful, engaging, and fun programs to better connect our children to the world around them and to their community. The classes will be offered every Wednesday and Saturday with a graduation presentation on Friday July 29th.JR programs include: Water safety and canoeing, wild edibles, birds and snakes and mammals, the local, shocking history, gazing into the night sky, and emergency first aid.   To have an information packet e-mailed to you, please call Ranger Park Greer at 931-924-2980, or e-mail him at Charles.greer@tn.gov.

Fiery Gizzard Trail Work Ongoing Event in July
Starts at: 9:00 am
Fiery Gizzard Trail Work
Every Saturday/Sunday in July - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Meet Rangers Jason and Dustin to flex your Tennessee volunteer muscle by helping with a major trail reroute along the Fiery Gizzard Trail. This exciting reroute will cut through some rough and beautiful terrain so be prepared with sturdy footwear and plenty of water/snacks. If you have a favorite tool or pair of gloves, feel free to bring them. We will meet at the Grundy Forest parking lot and will work till early afternoon.
For more info or if you want to bring a large group, email Ranger Jason at jason.reynolds@tn.gov. Meeting Address: 131 Fiery Gizzard Rd. Tracy City, TN 373879:00 am - Hike to Buggytop (5mi)
Songwriter’s Night
Friday, August 5 - Starts at: 5:00 pm
Songwriter’s Night
Friday, August 5 - 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM central
The Upper End Bar and Lounge (located in Gaul’s Gallery Restaurant) at Fall Creek Falls State Park is pleased to sponsor its first annual Songwriters Night, featuring several great songwriters: Bob Regan (hit songs recorded by Keith Urban, Jake Owen, Trisha Yearwood, Tanya Tucker, and others); Don Goodman (hit songs recorded by Blake Shelton, Alabama, Reba, Conway & Loretta, and others); and Jimmy Ray Sells.These songwriters are also founders and participants in a non-profit organization called Operation Song, which assists our military veterans and active duty military in telling their stories through the process of songwriting in creative and therapeutic settings. Learn more at www.operationsong.org.Don’t miss this chance to come out and listen to some great singers/songwriters. While you’re here, enjoy a tasty beverage and a great meal! 
Pickin’ and Grinnin’
Ongoing Event January — December --Starts at: 5:30 pm
Pickin’ & Grinnin’ is a group of local musicians that get together from 5:30 PM to 9 PM to play gospel, country and bluegrass music. Everyone is welcome and please feel free to bring your own instrument and play or just sing along. Meetup at the Rec Building.

Things to do at Tennessee state Parks

5 things to do near Tims Ford State Park
Tims Ford State Park sits on the banks of one of the top bass fishing and recreational lakes in the Southeast, Tims Ford Lake. The park is less than two hours from Nashville, Chattanooga and Huntsville, Alabama, making it the perfect destination for escaping the summer heat in Middle Tennessee.
Here are 5 things you won’t want to miss on your next visit to Tims Ford State Park:
WHERE TO STAY ---The park has 20 beautiful cabins on the wooded slopes of Tims Ford Lake. The cabins are completely equipped, including appliances, cooking and serving utensils and linens. The park also has two campgrounds for tent or RV campers. For a backcountry experience, tent campers can apply for a permit to camp on any of the six islands on the lake.
 
WHAT TO DO     1. Cooling off on the water Whether you’re looking for some high adrenaline, motorized fun or you prefer the laid back ease of a canoe float, Tims Ford State Park has you covered. The park manages eight public boat ramps and leases two marinas. You can bring your own watercraft or lease boats, equipment and supplies from the park and marinas. The lake is also home to the Tims Ford Blueway - a series of multi-route water trails spread across the lake perfect for canoe, kayak and standup-paddleboard adventures.
2. Casting a line One of the best features at Tims Ford State Park is the bass fishing. While smallmouth bass dominate the waters, there is a decent population of largemouth and spotted bass as well. The 10,000-acre lake is stocked annually with striped and hybrid-striped bass. The striped bass commonly exceed 15 lbs. and the hybrids about 7 lbs. If you’re looking to cast a line and reel in a haul, Tims Ford State Park is your place. 
3. Teeing off on the Bear Trace  Tims Ford is home to one of three Jack Nicklaus-designed courses in Tennessee known as the Bear Trace. The Bear Trace at Tims Ford has received widespread acclaim almost from the day of its opening. The course sits on a peninsula surrounded by the lake. This visually compelling golf course opens with a blend of links-style creations that gently roll across former pastures and gradually transition to wooded sites surrounded by giant oak trees. The back nine presents a stronger test of each golfer’s mettle and ends with a 453-yard par four on the 18th hole. The course is an excellent balance of challenge and playability, with views of the lake from most holes on the course.   4. Learning about Native American History at Old Stone Fort State Archeological Park
Location: 36 minutes Northeast of Tims Ford State Park
Old Stone Fort, located in nearby Manchester, Tennessee, is a great site from a cultural and outdoor perspective. The original fort was built 1,500 to 2,000 years ago, with Native Americans continuing to use it for about 500 years before abandoning it. When the European settlers arrived, they inaccurately described the area as a fort. They did not realize it was a ritual ground for the Native Americans. The Summer Solstice is a great time to visit the park, especially for history enthusiasts. The June 20th presentation at the park will discuss what we have learned about the builders of the Old Stone Fort and the importance of “Archeoastronomy” at Native American sites in Tennessee. The day will also kick off with a 6AM sunrise hike that will allow visitors to experience the visual effect the Native Americans intended when they built the old stone fort.   5. Hiking and waterfall chasing at South Cumberland State Park   Location: 50 minutes East of Tims Ford State ParkIf you enjoy waterfalls and overlooks, you need to visit South Cumberland State Park in Monteagle, Tennessee. The park sprawls across several different counties and sites, with each area boasting a particular attraction. The park is home to several notable features, including 13 different waterfalls.  It is also home to the Fiery Gizzard Trail, a 12.5-mile one-way trail that Backpacker magazine rated one of the Top 25 in the country.
 
PLAN YOUR TRIP  Don’t let the summer heat keep you from experiencing the outdoors. Come cool off with us at Tims Ford State Park.

5 parks for history lovers Do you love history? While our parks are great places to enjoy the outdoors, they are also perfect for history buffs. Many of them tell the stories of the people and places that shaped the history of Tennessee and the United States. If you’re looking for something to do this summer, why not jump in the car and check out these
5 PARKS FOR HISTORY LOVERS:   Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park  - Location: Nashville, TennesseE  Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, the park commemorates Tennessee’s 200th birthday. The 19-acre park includes many landmarks and monuments highlighting important events in Tennessee. This is a perfect place for anyone looking for a broad understanding of Tennessee history. It is also a great park for people with wheelchairs or strollers. The splash pad at the Rivers of Tennessee fountain is perfect for kids to cool off on hot summer days.

Fort Loudoun State Historic Park Location: Vonore, Tennessee The replica garrison at Fort Loudoun State Historic Park pays homage to the fort that stood on the site in 1756. The British constructed Fort Loudoun during the French and Indian War. The fort stood for four years, until fighting with the Cherokee Nation led to the surrender of the fort in 1760. Many think the Cherokees destroyed the garrison sometime shortly after the English marched away.
The park hosts several popular seasonal events, including the 18th Century Trade Faire (September) and Garrison Weekend (August & November). Period reenactments and weapon demonstrations at these events are popular attractions for all ages. The park office also displays artifacts excavated from the site.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park Location: Elizabethton, Tennessee Sycamore Shoals State Historic marks the location of several important events for Tennessee.  The park contains a replica of Fort Watauga. It tells the story of colonists like John Carter, John Sevier and James Robertson surviving sieges from Native Americans. It also highlights the Overmountain Men in the Revolutionary War. These men mustered at the fort and fought in the battle of Kings Mountain.  The park offers living history, recreational programming and events for the whole family. The annual presentation of Tennessee’s Official Outdoor Drama, “Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals,” is a popular attraction. Held every July in the 240-seat amphitheater, Fort Watauga forms the backdrop for the play. There are several showings of the drama every weekend from July 14-30.

Pinson Mounds State Historic Park\ Location: Pinson, Tennessee  This park is home to at least 15 Native American mounds, making it the largest group of Middle Woodland mounds in the United States.  It is also contains the second-highest surviving mound in the U.S., the 72’ tall Sauls Mound. Archaeological evidence suggests the mounds served both burial and ceremonial purposes. The park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Pinson Mounds includes a museum with artifacts from the period. Hiking trails throughout the park providing access to the mounds. The park also hosts an annual “Archaeofest” in September. This festival celebrates Native American culture with a spotlight on archaeology.
Old Stone Fort State Historic Park  Location: Manchester, Tennessee
Old Stone Fort State Historic Park is a great site from a cultural and outdoor perspective. The original fort was built 1,500 to 2,000 years ago, with Native Americans continuing to use it for about 500 years before abandoning it. When the European settlers arrived, they inaccurately described the area as a fort. They did not realize it was a ritual ground for Native Americans.
The main hiking trail in the park leads visitors past the original entrance of the fort. This entrance was built to face the exact spot on the horizon where the sun rises during the summer solstice. The June 20th summer solstice celebration at the park will begin with a 6AM sunrise hike that will allow visitors to experience the visual effect the Native Americans intended when they built the old stone fort

February & March Programs 

February 26

1:00 p.m.

Stone Door Hike

Meet Ranger Aaron at the Stone Door parking lot for an easy 2-mile hike to see the beautiful Stone Door overlook. This hike is a great introduction to South Cumberland State Park. The Great Stone Door is one of the most stunning overlooks in the state and provides views across all of the Savage Gulf State Natural Area. Wear sturdy shoes, bring a bottle of water, and don’t forget your camera!

Meeting Location: 1183 Stone Door Rd. Beersheba Springs, TN 37305

February 27

9:00 am

Ice Hike - Got Ice?

What's a winter without ice? Come celebrate the global warming debate with this search for icicles in Collins Gulf. Meet Resource Worker Eleanor at the Savage Gulf Ranger Station at 9:00 am or the Collins Gulf trailhead at 9:45 am. There are bathrooms at the ranger station, but none once we start. Depending on what we find, this hike will go to Suter Falls or possibly all the way to Horsepound Falls. Wear sturdy boots for this round trip six mile hike. Bring lunch and extra water.

Meeting Location: 3177 Hwy 399 Palmer, TN 37365

 

March Programs:

Saturday March 5, 12, 19, 26  - 9:00 am - Saturday/Sunday Trail Days (Fiery Gizzard)

Flex your Tennessee volunteer muscle by helping with a major trail reroute along the Fiery Gizzard Trail. This exciting reroute will cut through some rough and beautiful terrain so be prepared with sturdy footwear and plenty of water/snacks. If you have a favorite tool or pair of gloves, feel free to bring them. We will meet at the Grundy Forest parking lot and will work till early afternoon. For more info or if you want to bring a large group, email Ranger Jason at jason.reynolds@tn.gov.

Meeting Address: 131 Fiery Gizzard Rd, Tracy City, TN 37387

Friday March 4th 2:00 pm - Grundy Forest Nature Hike (2 miles)

Meet Ranger Park at the Grundy Forest Parking lot for a moderate 2 mile hike to explore the beautiful ecology of the pristine Grundy Forest. About this time of year the creeks should be full of life for some brilliant water photography. This is a moderate hike over some rough terrain including rocks and roots so please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. 

Friday March 11th 2:00 pm  - Grundy lakes Exploration (2.3 miles) 

Meet Ranger Park at the Grundy Lakes parking lot for a moderate 2.3 mile hike around the Grundy Lakes Day Use area. On this hike we will explore the ecology of the lakes environment as well as the human impact of the region. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water! 

Meeting Address: 587 Lakes Road, Tracy City, TN 37387

Saturday March 19th 10:00 am - Climber's Loop Hike (2 miles)

Join a South Cumberland State Park volunteer on this moderate 2 mile hike to view the towering cliffs, beautiful waterfalls, and scenic views. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. 

Meeting Address: 498 Foster Falls Rd. Sequatchie, TN 37374

Sunday March 20th  1:00 pm - Bark in the Park on the Meadow Trail (1.3 miles)

Bring your FRIENDLY furry friend for a sunday afternoon walk on the Meadow Trail where they'll get to meet other doggy friends! Ranger Jessie will be there with her own Princess Zelda for this 1.3 mile hike. Be sure to keep your dog on a leash for the ENTIRE hike and bring a bag to clean up after your furry friend as well. Meet at the baseball field parking lot behind the Visitor's Center to begin this hike.

Meeting Address: 11745 Hwy 41, Monteagle, TN 37356 

Friday March 25th   1:00 pm - Owl Talk

Meet our park's first ever education bird! Ranger Jessie will be in the V.C. at 1 p.m. to show you our Barred Owl and tell you about the impact our feathery friend has on our environment. This program will take place in the media room at our visitor's center.

Meeting Address: 11745 Hwy 41, Monteagle, TN 37356

2:00 pm - Natural Bridge Geology

Join Ranger Park at the Natural Bridge parking lot for an easy walk down to view the sandstone arch and discuss the awesome forces that helped create it. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water. 

Meeting Location: Natural Bridge Rd. Sewanee, TN 37375

Saturday March 26th - 1:00 pm Laurel Gorge Overlook Hike (5 miles)

Meet Ranger Park at the Foster Falls Parking Lot for a moderate 5 mile walk to the incredible scenic vista that is the Laurel Gorge Overlook. Green things are just waking up from their winter slumber so be sure to bring a camera! Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. 

Meeting Address: 498 Foster Falls Rd. Sequatchie, TN 37374