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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 State 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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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau presented Friends Co¬Founder Henry
“Woody” McLaughlin with the Robert Sparks Walker Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards on June 15. McLaughlin received the award for his passion for the land and people of South Cumberland State Park, especially the Fiery Gizzard Trail. He served 18 years on the board of the Friends organization. Look for more about Woody, his award, and his contributions to the Friends over the past quarter¬century in the upcoming issue of the Friends newsletter

A video of Woody accepting the award is also posted to the Friends’ YouTube Channel

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The FSC Annual Meeting was held at the Park Visitors Center Pavilion on Saturday, June 18. In addition to the presentation of the Jim Prince Award to Jim (left) and Marietta Poteet (middle), new board members Baker Walker and Sam Baggett were announced. Flo Wilson (right) received the Golden Shell Award from Interim Park Ranger George Shinn for all her good work coordinating the renovation of the Visitor Center. President Latham Davis and Ranger Shinn gave update reports on the state of the park, and Chris Padgett, State Park Operations Area Manager, was our keynote speaker. As always, entertainment was provided by Bazzania. Wonderful food and desserts were enjoyed by all!

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Sam Baggett (left) of Beersheba Springs and Baker Walker of Monteagle are the two newest members of the Friends of South Cumberland Board of Directors. Sam has been Instrumental in facilitating the proposed acquisition of the Shady Valley tract, which, when completed, will add nearly 600 acres and a large recreational lake to the park.
Baker Walker (right), a Certified Public Accountant, joins the Friends board as our new Treasurer, replacing Jack Furman, who will continue as a Director¬At¬Large. Look for more about Sam and Baker in the upcoming issue of the Friends newsletter.

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Hikers, please sign up online! It is free and only takes a minute to get you set up. Click here to sign up: http://www.meetup.com/Friends-of-South-Cumberland-State-Park/

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