The Friends of South
Cumberland State Recreation
Area, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit
public benefit corporation.
South Cumberland State Park on the
Cumberland Plateau - truly ten parks in
one - is the largest state wilderness park
in TN. For over 20 years the Friends of
South Cumberland (FSC) has
purchased land for protection of park
borders and has provided environmental
education. During 2013, the FSC:
• Sponsored "Every Child in the Park"
for Grundy County children, a Junior
Ranger camp, a new class of the TN
Naturalist Program, and Trails &
Trilliums, which generates revenue for
• Purchased acreage adjacent to
Greeter Falls for $14,000
• Provided $11,500 to the park
rangers for climbing gear, security
cameras, a new interpretive trail, and
• Began planning for the first mountain
bike trails in the park
Please renew or join the
Friends and see what we can
On Hike 14 Kick Off Day, February 8, registration will take place at the State Park Visitor Center from 9:30 - 10:00. The first of the 14 hikes,
Hike #4 on the Meadow Trail, will be from 10:00-11:30, led by Mary Priestley. Lunch at Dutch Maid Bakery (Dutch treat!) will follow at 12:00 in a
special room with a lunch program by TN Naturalist Rob Moreland. After lunch, Hike #3 at Grundy Lakes will begin at 1:30. Participants may
come for any or all of these opening events.
If you want to sign up for the challenge, a $10 fee covers registration and a copy of the trail guide. Hikers can also opt to order a Hike All 14
T-shirt with a checkable list of hikes on the back. Everyone is invited to participate at no charge on any of the individual hikes. Scouts and other
student groups are encouraged to take part. Contact Hike All 14 chair Naullain Kendrick, email@example.com
The next scheduled hikes take place on March 22, and include Hike #6, the Greeter Falls Loop and Laurel Trail, combined with Hike #2, the
Laurel Falls Loop. TN Naturalists Jack Furman Naullain Kendrick will be the leaders. On April 6, Mary Priestley and Naullain Kendrick will lead
Hike #10, the Collins Gulf Loop. Additional hikes will be offered during Trails and Trilliums, April 12 and 13. To receive monthly announcements
about Hike 14, sign for free on the Trail Tracker mailing list.
At more than 24,500 acres in separate parcels, South Cumberland is spread out over a 100-square-mile area. Approximately 81 miles of
white- and blue-blazed trails run through Savage Gulf, Fiery Gizzard, and all of the other parks that make up the South Cumberland. The 14
hikes described in the guide include easy strolls and more difficult daylong treks. Copies of the book are available at the FSC website.
FSC OFFERS "HIKE ALL 14 IN 2014"
CHALLANGE The Friends of South Cumberland challenges area hikers
to "Hike All 14 in 2014!" In Mary Priestley's guide to hiking
in the South Cumberland State Park, she lists 14 hikes that
cover all ten parks that make up the SC in 120 miles of
hiking. "If you hike all 14, you will have covered a lot of trail
and seen some of the most spectacular scenery to be
found," says Priestley. The Hike All 14 challenge will kick
off on Sat., Feb. 8, with monthly hikes to follow covering all
the trails. The elite group who join the "I Hiked Em All Club"
will receive a certificate, trail map bandana, and a year's
membership to the FSC.