A 3-day festival of guided hikes on trails in South Cumberland State Park, workshops,
ART for the PARK, native plant sale, and free children's events including ropes
course, hayrides, and wildlife. This unique event, held on the historic Monteagle
Sunday School Assembly grounds, is a fundraiser for the Friends of South
Cumberland-one of the leading land preservation groups in the state.
The Friends of South
Cumberland State Recreation
Area, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit
public benefit corporation.
"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 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.