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.
Land Preservation Celebration!
Sunday, October 11, 2015, The Friends of South Cumberland State Park & the Savage Gulf Preservation League Chapter of the FSC invite you to our Land Preservation Celebration. This event will highlight the FSC purchase of The Jones Tract, key bluff acreage forever protecting the view from Stone Door.
Meet at Stone Door for a hike to the overlook, a chance to gaze at the now-protected Jones Tract across the gulf and a short celebratory program. South Cumberland State Park Rangers will lead the hike to the fabled “Stone Door”, The trail is mostly flat and the walk is about 20 minutes each way.
3:00 - 4:30 Graze
Whether you hike it or not, you’re invited to the historic Beer sheba
Springs Hotel for a low-key, wear your jeans & hiking boots gat hering, brief remarks, food & drink, and toe-tapping good music by Bazzania.
For more information about this event, click here.
Upcoming changes for
South Cumberland State Park
New Reservation System for South Cumberland State Park coming in the Fall 2015
Beginning August 2015, a new online reservation system will be implemented for guests visiting the South Cumberland State Park. You may visit the South Cumberland State Park website to make your backcountry campsite reservations. Available dates for reservation begin September 7, 2015!
Visitors and Guests to South Cumberland State Park will also need to be sure and review the new policies and procedures that will apply to reserving a campsite at the park. Beginning in the Fall 2015, there will be a fee associated with backcountry camping and a reservation needed. Please be sure to review these new policies and campground rules on Facebook page, South Cumberland State Park and Friends of South Cumberland website.
If you need to cancel or change your reservation prior to your visit, or have any questions, please give us a call at 931-924-2980.
From everyone here at South Cumberland State Park, we look forward to welcoming you and hope you enjoy your time in the park!
Important Changes to
Backcountry Campgrounds at
South Cumberland State Park
Raven's Point at Fiery Gizzard
Many guests of the South Cumberland State Park are familiar with the popular Raven's Point campsite on the Fiery Gizzard trail. Many don't know that this popular campsite is actually on private land. While guests and visitors will be able to continue utilizing the trail that is currently being rerouted on Fiery Gizzard, the campground will be closed indefinitely due to its location on private property. Park officials want to draw awareness to the fact that since the park system has no jurisdiction on private property or land not owned by the park, it will be illegal camping if visitors continue to camp here after September 7th, 2015. Beginning then, staff and actual trail signage will direct visitors away from campground and bypass to the new trail.
Park staff would like to kindly remind visitors to please enjoy and take care of the trail system. Most of the trail system along the rim of the Fiery Gizzard is, and will remain, private property.
Collins East at Savage Gulf
The Collins East Campground, located in the Savage Gulf area, will also be permanently closed after September 7th, 2015 due to its location, accessibility and proximity to other areas of land that are privately owned and operated. Signage will detour visitors away from this campsite to other campgrounds in the park.
Ownership of the Foster Falls campsite area is in the process of being switched from the Tennessee Valley Authority to South Cumberland State Park. The Foster Falls campsites will be coming under control of South Cumberland State Park beginning July 1st, 2015, however during this time the campground will be closed to vehicle camping while the bathhouse is under renovation. The campsites can be accessed by walk-in through campsite registration. South Cumberland is aiming to have this bath house project complete and the campsites open for vehicle camping by January 2016, where it will then stay open year-round. Visitors and guests will be able to park their cars and/or pop-ups next to their campsite for the Foster Falls area.
From all the staff and Friends here at South Cumberland State Park, we appreciate your patience and cooperation as these changes take place. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Park Office at 931-924-2980.
Thank you for Visiting South Cumberland State Park and we hope you enjoy your visit!
Fiery Gizzard Trail, Raven Point Campground to Close as Park Loses Access to Private Property
A center section of the popular Fiery Gizzard Trail in South Cumberland State Park will soon be off limits to hikers, thus cutting the 12.5-mile trek between Grundy Forest near Tracy City and Foster Falls. Interim Park Manager George Shinn has announced that the owner of a 34-acre tract near Raven Point, which the trail has crossed for decades, will cut off access to his land on Dec. 1. "The only practical solution," Shinn, said, "is to reroute that section of the trail into the cove. But this is not easy to accomplish and will significantly increase the difficulty for hikers." Similar land issues have forced TDEC (Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation) to order the closing of Raven Point Campground located on the Fiery Gizzard Trail, on Sept. 7.
(Click to see the FSC Breaking News Bulletin)
The rangers have appealed to the FSC to coordinate volunteers for the planned work sessions that will take place almost every weekend during the coming months. In order to provide detailed information about the work projects and to give the rangers feedback about how many plan to attend, we will use our FSC Meetup as the primary organization tool. If you want to pitch in but are not currently a member (it's free and easy to sign up.)
To join the FSC Meetup or view the membership: http://www.meetup.com/ Friends-of-South-Cumbe rland-State-Park-Hikes/
TAKE THE PLUNGE ...
15 WATERFALLS IN 2015!
The 15 falls selected for WC15 are Greeter Falls, Boardtree Falls, Laurel Falls, Ranger Creek Falls, Horsepound Falls, Suter Falls, Savage Falls, School Branch Falls, Hanes Hole Falls, Blue Hole Falls, Black Canyon Cascade, Sycamore Falls, Yellow Pine Cascade, Anderson Falls and Foster Falls.