David Haskell speaks about the Friends at Trails & Trilliums
David Haskell, author of the acclaimed book, The Forest Unseen, talks about the Friends during the Wine
& Wildflowers event at Trails and Trilliums. Haskell was honored as the recipient of the Yeatman
Environmental Education Award.
Second Savage Gulf Marathon: "Brutal Yet Beautiful"
On March 16, the second Savage Gulf Marathon, a 26-mile race through the heart of
Savage Gulf State Natural Area, was tackled by 65 ambitious runners from all across the
region. The event is sponsored by the Tennessee Park Rangers Association with
assistance from the Friends of South Cumberland. The winner, who set a new course
record, was Brian Schmidt or Leesburg VA, with a time of 4:21:04! The course began at
Great Stone Door, included the Collins Loop, wound up Big Creek trail to the top at Alum
Gap and back to the Stone Door. The runners called the trail “brutal yet beautiful.” One
described the course as “barbaric, uncivilized, viscous, and merciless with boulder after
boulder mixed in amongst rocky creek beds and hundreds of roots over the 26.2 miles.
However, it is the most beautiful race I’ve done. It has 10 waterfalls, swinging bridges,
mixed in with over 5,000 ft. of elevation gain and 5,000 ft of elevation loss as well.”
photo provided by Jessica Phillips
Racers descending rock steps below Stone Door
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The Friends of South
Cumberland State Recreation
Area, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit
public benefit corporation.
"He is Mack Prichard, he speaks for
the trees …" Mack is shown at last
year's Wild Side event.