2015 Hiking in South
Park was at the top
of many New Year's
resolution lists. We
hope it is on your list
too. The FSC plans
a new challenge for
2015. Stay tuned!
To get reminders as
new hikes & events
click here to join the
128 hikers in our FSC Meet Up.
The Friends of South
Cumberland State Recreation
Area, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit
public benefit corporation.
The mission of the Friends of SCSRA is
to support the Park, preserve and protect
it, and to serve as a mechanism to reach
out to individuals to become involved.
Every Child in the Park! The 2014 Tulip Poplar Award was won by
the North Elementary School 5th Grade.
Leah Hiett, at left, receives the trophy from
Ranger Aaron. As part of Every Child in
the Park activities, each 5th grade in
Grundy County is treated to a day trip to
Stone Door. The Tulip Poplar award, is
given to the class that scores highest on a
test covering the information learned on
their hike. All proceeds from 2015 Trails
& Trilliums (April 10-12) will go to "Every
Child in the Park" initiatives, which are
designed to connect children with nature.
HIKES 'EM ALL! Marietta Poteet, at right, of
Monteagle, did all 14 hikes
in the Hike 'Em All
Challenge. Marietta also
completed the coursework
and community service
hours to become a
Tennessee Naturalist. She
is a VIP-Friend (Very
Important PARK Friend) and
a dedicated FSC volunteer.
TRAILS & TRILLIUMS will be featured on Tennesse's Wildside TV program
in 2015. Filmed during last April's event, the piece will
begin airing soon. Watch for it.
FSC members describing their
special "Place in the Park"
"We are so thankful for the Friends' efforts
to preserve South Cumberland State
Park. We enjoy hiking and consider these
idyllic retreats especially important for our
children and grandchildren. Just a short
drive to Fiery Gizzard and children can be
in close contact with nature and learn to
appreciate and help care for this land. It is
fun to hear them say WOW! and
AWESOME! It ís such an important
legacy, and so important to spread the
word and get others involved." — The
New Book for a New Year!
FIERY GIZZARD By Mary Priestley Anyone who loves "the Gizzard" will want a copy of this
new book by FSC past president Mary Priestley, who is
also the author of Hike 'Em All, a guide to a range of
great hikes in the South Cumberland State Park; and
Williams' Wildflowers, an introductory book for children.
Fiery Gizzard: Voices from the Wilderness is available
at the SC Visitors Center and via Amazon.
Visit the FSC online store to purchase Hike 'Em All,
William's Wildflowers, trail map bandanas of Fiery
Gizzard and Stone Door, Bazzania CDs and more.
THEY HIKED 'EM ALL Linda Spangler of Oak Ridge and Linda Daniels of
Powell, TN, above, accepted the challenge to hike all
14 trails described in Mary Priestley's Hike 'Em All
book, and they completed the120 miles of trails! Initially
they joined in the FSC-led hikes, but ended up doing a
number of trails on their own. Though they loved hiking
with Mary Priestley, Naullain Kendrick, and others,
scheduling issues made it easier to complete the hikes
as a duo. The two say they are novice hikers who had
only done a 12-mile hike before this! The Lindas will
receive a HIKED 'EM ALL certificate and free FSC
memberships for 2015. Congratulations!
Friends of South Cumberland
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