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Supporting South Cumberland State Park since 1993!
A unique Tennessee park consisisting of Savage Gulf, Stone Door, Fiery Gizzard, Foster Falls, Grundy Lakes, Hawkins Cove, Sewanee Natural Bridge, Lost Cove Cave, Carter State Natural Area, and more...

The mission of the Friends of South Cumberland Sate Park is to aid and assist the park management and staff in meeting its objectives and to inform, educate, engage, and inspire its members and the public to protect, conserve, and enjoy all the resources of the park.

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Hike Into History Announced for 2016

Kickoff Saturday Feb. 27

Moonshine Brunch & Kickoff at Dutch Maid Bakery & Moonshine History Hike at Fiery Gizzard

Our 2016 hiking challenge, "Hike into History," will focus on the amazing history of the South Cumberland: Native Americans, pioneers, sawmills, moonshine stills, a narrow-gauge railway, fossils, old growth forests, coal mines and logging camps… and more.

The hiking challenge will kick off on Saturday, February 27 at 10:00 a.m. at historic Dutch Maid Bakery. After registration (begins at 9:30) and brunch, a video will outline the hikes for the year. New this year are "Adventurer Series" hikes for those who want more than just “a walk in the park.” These more challenging, often off-trail treks will be led by Ranger Park Greer. For those who want less strenuous, family-friendly hikes, the "Discovery Series" will provide easier, history-themed, self-guided hikes on the trails within the park.

Following the kick-off, the first Discovery Series hike (11:30 to 1:00) will take you along Fiery Gizzard Creek to see an old moonshine still and other historic sites on the Grundy Day Loop trail. For Kickoff details and info on both the Adventurer and Discovery Series hikes, visit www.hikeintohistory.org.

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The Friends will be using the FSC MeetUp app as a primary means of coordinating the Hike into History activities and events. If you are interested in taking part and are not already a member of our MeetUp, please sign up online! It is free and only takes a minute to get you set up. The MeetUp reservation system helps us anticipate the number of participants and allows us to send reminders and updates about hiking events. Click here to sign up: http://www.meetup.com/Friends-of-South-Cumberland-State-Park/

South Cumberland Visitor’s Center Open House February 27

The public is invited to stop by the South Cumberland State Park Visitor’s Center from 12:00 to 3:00 on Sat., Feb. 27 to view the exhibit spaces being renovated. The Friends of South Cumberland are proud to invite the community to see the results of their handiwork to date. The new open-concept, brightly painted areas now feature a native plant exhibit created by Mary Priestley, an upgraded log cabin to explore, interactive computer displays, and more.

Highlights of the Park Preview include a chance to visit with Davy Crockett (aka Park Manager George Shinn) and be part of the “Tennessee’s 50,000 Trees” event. Still to come at the Visitors Center are several new exhibits, live wildlife on display, and a mural by Chattanooga artist Janice Wilkey depicting the Savage Gulf and Fiery Gizzard areas of the park.

Participants in the Hike Into History events, also on Feb. 27, are encouraged to stop by the Visitors Center on their way home.

Pages from a “South Cumberland State Park Journal,” created by Sewanee illustrator Mary Priestley, are used as a theme in the native plants and wildlife exhibits. The FSC plans to have the completed journal printed as a coloring book for young naturalists.

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Savage Gulf Marathon coming Saturday, March 19, 2016

Stone Door is the site for one of the most grueling marathons anywhere. The race will begin at 8:00 am. This race is organized by the Park Rangers, is open to 100 registrants. The race will begin and end at the Stoe Door Ranger's Station. For more info: visit the sign up page: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=34681 or visit Savage Gulf Marathon Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/savagegulfmarathon/?fref=ts

For more information about the marathon: Aaron.Reid@tn.gov

South Cumberland State Park Staff Win Awards

Serveral of our park rangers received recent recognition. In October, Ranger Aaron Reid received a prestigious ‘STAR’ award in Nashville from TDEC Commissioner Martineau. Park staff member Carlton Parmley was also awarded a ‘STAR’ and will receive it this winter. In December Jason Reynolds was recognized by Brock Hill at the TDEC Christmas Yearly Town Hall Meeting in Nashville for his great work keeping in rerouting the Fiery Gizzard Trail. Ranger Murray Gheesling has been nominated for Ranger of Year in Tennessee for 2015. We will find out later this month if he wins. Our rangers are THE BEST!

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SAVE THE DATE!!

Trails and Trilliums

April 15 - 17, 2016

Some major changes took place at South Cumberland State Park in 2015
Campsite Reservations, Campsite Closing, Fiery Gizzard Trail Reroute, click to learn more