The Friends of South
Cumberland State Recreation
Area, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit
public benefit corporation.
"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.
April Hike All 14 Hikes Sunday, April 6 9:00 Hike #10 Collins Loop
Mary Priestley and Naullain Kendrick will lead the Collins Loop Hike. Fabulous wildflowers! Hikers will meet at the Collins West trailhead at 9
am for this moderate to tough13-mile hike. Bring lunch and water.
Saturday April 12 & Sunday April 13 8 of the Hike All 14 introductory hikes will be offered during the Trails & Trilliums festival at the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly in
Monteagle, TN. To ensure your spot on the hikes you want to join, go to www.trailsandtrilliums to pre-register. You can also sign up on Sat. or
Sunday morning at the festival. Details of all hikes, programs, workshops, etc. can be found on the event website.
Sunday April 13 8:15 - 3:00 Collins Gulf Wildflowers and Waterfalls Hike
9:00 - 3:00 Ranger Creek Falls Hike, Big Creek Gulf by way of Stone Door
9:30 - 1:30 Foster Falls Hike
10:00 - 1:30 Fiery Gizzard Family Fun Hike
Saturday, April 26th 10:00 am Hike #5 Climber's Loop and Foster Falls.
Meet at the Foster Falls shelter for this 3-mile moderate loop with a spectacular waterfall, wildflowers, sandstone cliffs and overlooks. Naullain
Kendrick will lead the hike.
"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.
The next hike is Sunday, March 16 at Stone Door.
Event Overview 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.
A Festival Celebrating Waterfalls, Woods, Wildflowers & Wonders Trails & Trilliums - now a starred date on the spring calendars of hikers, gardeners, wildflower enthusiasts, and art lovers- is truly a blooming
success. April is peak wildflower season on the Cumberland Plateau, and each year the naturalists attend in "phlox." The Monteagle Assembly
grounds with its charming cottages, creeks and gardens is an ideal spot for the festival. With guided hikes on many of the South Cumberland's
most scenic trails, a topnotch native plant sale, workshops on garden design and native plants, music, ART for the PARK, and children's
events. Trails & Trilliums has something for everyone who loves the out of doors.