“Hike All 14 in 2014” - Meadow Trail and Grundy Lakes at South Cumberland

The Friends of South Cumberland challenges you to “Hike All 14 in 2014!”  

In Mary Priestley’s guide to hiking in the South Cumberland State Park, she lists 14 hikes that cover all ten parks that make up the SC in 120 miles of hiking. “If you hike all 14, you will have covered a lot of trail and seen some of the most spectacular scenery to be found,” says Priestley. The Hike All 14 Challengewill kick off on Sat., Feb. 8, with monthly hikes to follow covering all the trails. The elite group who join the “I Hiked Em All Club” will receive a certificate, trail map bandana, and a year’s membership to the FSC.     

On Hike 14 Kick Off Day, February 8, registration will take place at the State Park Visitor Center from 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Central. The first of the 14 hikes, Hike #4 on the Meadow Trail, will be from 10:00-11:30, led by Mary Priestley. Lunch at Dutch Maid Bakery (Dutch treat!) will follow at 12:00 in a special room with a lunch program by TN Naturalist Rob Moreland. After lunch, Hike #3 at Grundy Lakes will begin at 1:30. Participants may come for any or all of these opening events. 

If you want to sign up for the challenge, a $10 fee covers registration and a copy of the trail guide. Hikers can also opt to order a Hike All 14 T-shirt with a checkable list of hikes on the back of the shirt. Everyone is invited to participate at no charge on any of the individual hikes. Scouts and other student groups are encouraged to take part. Contact Hike All 14 chair Naullain Kendrick, mailto:[masked]

If you can't make the Feb. hikes, just come in March or whenever you are able. Hikes will be repeated! The next scheduled hikes take place on March 22, and include Hike #6, the Greeter Falls Loop and Laurel Trail, combined with Hike #2, the Laurel Falls Loop. TN Naturalists Jack Furman Naullain Kendrick will be the leaders. On April 6, Mary Priestley and Naullain Kendrick will lead Hike #10, the Collins Gulf Loop. Additional hikes will be offered duringTrails and Trilliums, April 12 and 13, and more will be scheduled during the following months.

At more than 24,500 acres in separate parcels, South Cumberland is spread out over a 100-square-mile area. Approximately 81 miles of white- and blue-blazed trails run through Savage Gulf, Fiery Gizzard, and all of the other parks that make up the South Cumberland. The 14 hikes described in the guide include easy strolls and more difficult daylong treks. Copies of the book are available at the FSC website.

This event does not have an NHM leader nor a carpool from Nashville. Email [masked] if anyone wants to organize a carpool.

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  • Sherry

    Is this going to repeat in March? I'd like to get the dates to sign up.

    February 10, 2014

    • Kelly S.

      Sherry, as soon as I know the dates, I'll post on here.

      February 12, 2014

    • Kelly S.

      The next one will be March 22: hike #6 Greeter Falls Loop and Laurel Trail as well as hike #2 Laurel Falls Loop. Will post as soon as I get the full details.

      February 14, 2014

  • Gil H.

    Nice group.

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Gil H.

    Some potential snow around Murfreesboro around 9am. Going to take a chance and go.

    February 8, 2014

    • Anne T.

      We're heading out from Nashville now too

      February 8, 2014

    • Gil H.

      I-24 near Murfreesboro fine

      1 · February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll have to decide on this one in the morning-I'm hoping this can be my chance to meet people and begin a new hiking challenge, but I will not risk driving in snow on Monteagle mtn-beautiful as it might be. Since the forecast is so often wrong, I don't want to cancel just yet.

    February 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      You can't tell-I've heard the "up to 1 in accumulation" prediction, but honestly the forecast doesn't look like that's likely. So I'm hoping to be there.

      February 7, 2014

    • Gil H.

      I'm like a "game time decision"! Doesn't appear to be a threat, but who knows!

      February 7, 2014

  • Janet

    I will not be able to attend on Feb 8th. Snow is forecast for the AM. I don't want to deal with poorly maintained TN roads or its drivers.

    February 6, 2014

  • Sherry

    I want to do this but am moving this month. I will start next month ! Love the challenge and look forward to hiking this park !

    February 6, 2014

    • Kelly S.

      Watch for more announcements in your inbox!

      February 7, 2014

  • Tonya

    I'll be out of town for the first one but would like to do the rest

    February 7, 2014

    • Kelly S.

      Keep an eye out for our calendar and emails!

      February 7, 2014

  • Bruce

    I'm sorry but I'm going to have to miss this one. I hope to catch the next one.

    February 7, 2014

    • Kelly S.

      No prob. Catch us next time.

      February 7, 2014

  • Gil H.

    Hi. Is there a link to trail description, degree of difficult etc.? Don't have that book. Thanks!

    February 7, 2014

    • Kelly S.

      Hike leader Naullain says: Both hikes tomorrow are 2-3 mile easy loops with very little elevation change.

      February 7, 2014

    • Gil H.

      Thanks

      February 7, 2014

  • susan

    Is this 9:30 central or eastern--i

    February 5, 2014

    • Kelly S.

      Central. Thanks for asking.

      February 5, 2014

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