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Pay It Forward -- Volunteer Opportunity





We're the ones hiking them, so let's go build one.

Imagine how proud you'd feel hiking on a trail with some folks, see their enjoyment (and your own), and be able to know that you helped build that trail.


We've heard people talk about "PAYING IT FORWARD" to benefit others.

Let this be our way of paying it forward to the generations of hikers to come.




DATE: Saturday April 12th


DISTANCE: we will hike approximately 2 miles

DIFFICULTY: moderate

MEETING PLACE: Main Office Visitor Center at Cloudland Canyon




We will hike in approximately a mile before we begin our trail building, and then hike out the same distance.  So, not only will we get to give back to our community by creating a new trail that we can later say we helped build, but we will also get in a little hiking.  Be sure to wear appropriate hiking footwear.  The "Can't Hardly" hike-only trail is one of the newest trails at Cloudland Canyon, and is part of the new Cloudland Connector System.


Trail Building

We are going to be working on actually building a trail.  We helped with part of this trail last year, and the park is hoping to get it finished soon.  The trail's official name is Can't Hardly Trail.... because you can't hardly get to it other than by foot.  All ages and abilities welcome.

Some tools will be provided, but feel free to bring loppers or pruning sheers if you like.




Parking Fees are waived and will be FREE to all volunteers


FREE t-shirt to all first-time volunteers at the park

Trail Maintainers Rock!!




Great exercise, and have fun doing it !

Feel free to bring water, snacks, sturdy shoes, and work gloves(if you have them... if not, the park will provide them).

Contact Info

Greg Foster  [masked]

email:  [masked]



Those interested are more than welcome to stick around the park afterward

to check out some of the sights and trails.


NO-SHOWS: Please rsvp with integrity, and only sign up if you have all intentions of committing to being there.  The park will be planning the work day based on how many commit to being there, so please don't change your rsvp at the last minute or be a "no-show!"



Please make every effort to arrive early

or on time

so that you do not hold up the group


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  • Greg F.

    FANTASTIC! Wonderful group of folks who are passionate about giving something back to Mother Earth and the trails to be used for generations to come. Everyone was positive, excited, enthusiastic and worked hard! Rhonda announced to everyone that CHM had adopted this trail to take care of! Here is to our CCSP partner Chattanooga Hiking Meetup! Y'All ROCK! Lastly.... THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! G

    2 · April 14, 2014

  • John

    Nice people, nice weather and really nice little trail. Can now appreciate the time and effort needed to build these trails. A 10-12 mile backcountry trail must take many thousands of hours.

    3 · April 12, 2014

    • Rhonda

      I think you hit the nail on the head with your comment about now being able to appreciate the time and effort that goes into building the trails that we hike on. That's why I think that it's so important that we try to do our part in helping when we can. It really is amazing what can be accomplished when you have a group of people working together, too.

      1 · April 13, 2014

  • Luke

    It was fun. Great way to spend a Saturday.

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Nancy P.

    What a great experience! Great group, thank you Greg for leading us!

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Laura P.

    A really rewarding day of hard work!! Thanks Greg, Rhonda and Friends of Cloudland Canyon!

    4 · April 12, 2014

  • Amy

    Awesome as always!

    3 · April 12, 2014

  • Rhonda

    What a perfectly beautiful day, and such a great bunch of folks. Everyone did a fantastic job. We had a great time working with the Friends of Cloudland Canyon. They are an awesome bunch to work with. They teach us and encourage us, and even make us laugh. Thanks to all for coming out. Be proud of YOUR trail. Trail Maintainers Rock!

    3 · April 12, 2014

    • Greg F.

      Thanks Sooooo Much to each of you!!!! Was Our Pleasure to have you come help! :-)

      3 · April 12, 2014

  • Virginia H.

    I had a great experience! Very nice group, and I learned some new things. The trail is beautiful.

    3 · April 12, 2014

  • Brandon

    Sooooo... does anyone plan on coming from my direction and want to carpool? :)

    April 11, 2014

    • Amy

      Do you want to meet in east ridge? Amy[masked]

      April 12, 2014

  • Amy

    Rhonda, my friend wants to come but he has his two kids ages 6 and 9. They are very outdoorsy and can probsbly pitch in enthusiastically for an hour then with less enthusiasm for another hour. Then we'll take off and go fishing, if that's ok. Let me know. Thanks!

    April 11, 2014

    • Greg F.

      Amy, perhaps it best that you call me to discuss. Ok. Thks, Greg[masked]

      April 11, 2014

  • John

    Very Interesting. A group of students came from Iowa to work on this trail.

    2 · April 10, 2014

    • Greg F.

      Yes they did. 11 in fact and worked on it for a week. Completed 750 yards. Thinking we can top that Saturday if we can get enough out. :-) :-)

      1 · April 10, 2014

  • Greg F.

    Good Morning fellow "Give Back" Adventurers!! So happy to see we are going to have a good turnout on Saturday to help the Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park with new construction of the 'Can't Hardly' Trail! I hiked the trail yesterday and the approach trail. It is Beautiful out there and wild flowers are everywhere! This Trail, upon completion, will most likely be the Premier Hiking Trail in the 61+ Mile CCSP Trail System! Look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday Morning!! Thanks Rhonda for you kind reminder note about this project! Very Much Appreciated!! On a final note, please keep in mind that helping on occasion to Build and Maintain Trails is without any doubt, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING A DEVOTED HIKER CAN DO!!! Without this Volunteer Effort, There would be no trails to hike!! :-)
    Happy Trails!

    April 9, 2014

  • Tobie S.

    So wish I could, would love to help, last week of this class will be that weekend, with major research paper due on Wednesday, guess I better stay in and write! You people are awesome!!

    March 20, 2014

  • Rick

    What kind of time frame are we looking at for this event?

    March 11, 2014

    • Rhonda

      We anticipate the day's events ending by 3 ... this includes the 2 miles of hiking in and out, and the trail building.

      March 11, 2014

  • Nancy P.

    This sounds great! Looking forward to it!

    1 · March 6, 2014

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