The Friends of South Cumberland State Recreation Area, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit public benefit corporation.
The mission of the Friends of SCSRA is to support the Park, preserve and protect it, and to serve as a mechanism to reach out to individuals to become involved.
The event starts with a short hike to Stone Door in Savage Gulf, one of the ten areas that make up the South Cumberland State Park. Ranger Aaron will lead the hour-long hike to the fabled rock formation and overlook, a walk of about 20 minutes each way. The hike begins at 1:00 at the Stone Door parking lot, 1183 Stone Door Rd., Beersheba Springs, TN 37305.
"Whether you hike it or not," all are invited from 3:00-4:30 to the nearby historic Beersheba Springs Hotel for refreshments, a chance to celebrate the new partnership of the FSC and the Savage Gulf Preservation League (which has now become a chapter of the FSC), and learn about plans for the park and volunteer opportunities. 58 Hege Avenue, Beersheba Springs, TN 37305. No RSVP required. Refreshments are provided by the FSC and the Savage Gulf Preservation League. For more information, contact Margaret Matens margaretmatens@gmail.com, 931-924-2623.
"Hike All 14 in 2014" Challenge Launches with 65 Hikers!
In February the FSC initiated the "Hike All 14 in 2014" Challenge to introduce people to each of the 14 hikes listed In Mary Priestley's guide to hiking in the South Cumberland State Park, "Hike Em All." Hike 14 Chair Naullain Kendrick was delighted when 65 participants showed up at the Visitors Center on Feb. 8. Hikers came from Knoxville, Chattanooga, Nashville and many other surrounding cities to get started on this year-long venture.
"The goal of Hike 14 is to introduce people to each of the trailheads of the South Cumberland Parks," said Naullain. "The truly ambitious hikers will want to do the full trails described in Mary's book, which includes a number of all-day hikes in 120 miles of hiking." Those elite hikers will be inducted into the Hiked Em All Club. A hiker who covers the introductory Hike 14 trails will receive a certificate, trail map bandana, and a year's membership to the FSC. "If you hike a portion of all 14, you will have been introduced to some of the most spectacular scenery to be found in the state," says Priestley, "and will learn about the longer, more challenging trails in the park."

Hikes will be offered throughout the year, with multiple chances for each trail. So, if you have not yet entered the challenge, there is still plenty of time. Hikers may join in the FSC-organized events, attend ranger-led hikes, or make the hikes on their own.

HIKE # 12 Savage Ranger Station / Hobbs Cabin Loop Overnight
October 15 at 10:30 am to October 16 at 3:00 pm
This will be an overnight trip limited to 10 campers. We will meet at the Savage Gulf Ranger Station where you can drop off everything you don't want to carry for the hike itself. We will then hike over 11 miles the first day including all of the North Plateau Trail. We will camp overnight at Hobbs Cabin where your backpacks and gear will be waiting for you. We will provide supper and breakfast at the cabin. The next day we will hike almost 9 miles including all of the North Rim Trail ending up back at the ranger station where you can pick up your packs and gear. This is a great opportunity to hike these incredible trails without the burden of a heavy pack or all the gear normally required for a backpacking trip. You will need to supply your own sleep gear. Supper and breakfast are the only meals provided, so you will need to supply and carry your own water, snacks, lunches, etc. for the hikes. You will need to register for this hike by contacting Naullain Kendrick at naullain@hotmail.com. The first 10 to register will receive an email confirmation. This is the first time we have attempted an overnight and is a testing of the waters so to speak, but if there is enough interest in this type of trip, we will start a waiting list and may try another later on this fall.

To sign up for these and other hikes in your area, check out
http://www.meetup.com/Friends-of-South-Cumberland-State-Park-Hikes/
FSC Hosts "Walk on the Wild Side" Event Nov. 2
The Friends of South Cumberland State Park (FSC) and the Savage Gulf Preservation League are hosting the fourth annual "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" on Sunday, November 2, at Stone Door and the Beersheba Springs Hotel. FSC president Ty Burnette noted, "We are excited to be hosting our fall event in Beersheba Springs and connecting with our supporters on the Savage Gulf end of the park. All interested in learning about the Friends' initiatives in land preservation and environmental education and ways to get involved to support the state park and its ranger are encouraged to join us."