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.