Trails and Trilliums 2014 was a huge success, more info coming!


12th Annual
Trails & Trilliums
April 10-12, 2015

Sponsored by the Friends of South Cumberland
The Friends of South Cumberland State Recreation Area, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit public benefit corporation.
Savage Gulf/Stone Door Trail Map
Fiery Gizzard and Buggytop Trail Maps
"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.

Saturday April 12
9:00 - noon Fiery Gizzard Hike
10:15 - noon Natural Bridge Hike
1:00 - 4:00 Buggytop (Carter Cave) Trail Hike
1:30 - 3:30 Grundy Lakes Hike

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.

For more friends news, go here
"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.

Go to the Trails and Trilliums website!
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