Friends of South Cumberland Annual Meeting at the Visitor Center
12th Annual
Trails & Trilliums
April 10-12, 2015

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Trails and Trilliums

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.
Savage Gulf/Stone Door Trail Map
Fiery Gizzard and Buggytop Trail Maps
"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.

Saturday, August 9 at 9:00 am

Hike #7 and #1-Lost Cove Cave and Natural Bridge / Meet TN Naturalist Naullain Kendrick at the Carter State Natural Area parking lot at 9 am for this tough 5 mile hike. We will be going through the cave, so dress appropriately (we may get wet and muddy) and bring flashlights, sturdy boots and lunch. After the caving trip, we can caravan to Sewanee natural bridge and then maybe on to Shenanigans for refreshments.

Saturday, August 16, 9:00 am

Intro Hike #12- Savage Falls / Meet TN Naturalist Marietta Poteet at the Savage Gulf ranger station at 9 am for this easy 3.5 mile in and back hike to beautiful Savage Falls where you can swim in the pool below the falls.

Saturday, August 23, 9:00 am

Intro Hike #6 - Greeter Falls Loop and Blue Hole / TN Naturalist Marietta Poteet will lead a South Cumberland hike to Greeter Falls. We will do the Greeter Falls Loop Trail which is about 2 miles, then hike 1/2 mile to Blue Hole where you may take a cooling dip in the swimming hole. We will meet at the Greeter Falls parking lot at 9:00 am.

To sign up for these and other hikes in your area, check out
"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.
FSC President, Ty Burnette (left), conducted the Annual Meeting and made the opening remarks. George Shinn (middle), Acting Park Manager, gave us an informative update on the South Cumberland State Park. Bill Avant (right), Manager-GIS and Land Acquisition with the Department of Enviroment & Conversation with the State of Tennessee, gave us an overview of what the State is doing in the way of land acquisition and specifically as it applied to the South Cumberland Plateau and the park system.
Wallace Bigbee (left), long-time advocate for the State Park and instrumental in the formation of Savage Gulf and Ty Burnette (right), FSC President.
Carey Coker (left) was honored with the 2014 Jim Prince Award for his years of dedicated service as the FSC newsletter designer. The award was presented by FSC Historian and previous Jim Prince recepient, Glenn Himebaugh.
We wouldl ike to welcome our newest FSC Board Members, Florence Wilson and Latham Davis.
Thanks to our volunteers that made the event a success! (left to right) Henry Blizzard, Lelia Blizzard, Ellen Himebaugh, Jean Jervis and Judy Magavero.