• Trails and Trilliums Spring Festival

    DuBose Conference Center

    Trails and Trilliums is a multi-day celebration of Spring, featuring expertly-guided hikes on many of the South Cumberland State Park's most scenic trails. The festival offers a full slate of nature-themed speakers and workshops, a fabulous expanded plant sale, and family-oriented activities for the kids. All proceeds benefit the Friends of South Cumberland, working on behalf of Tennessee's largest -- and most spectacular! -- State Park. Hike capacities are limited - register TODAY to be sure you get on the hikes you want: https://trailsandtrilliums.org 26 unique guided hikes (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) featuring amazing outdoor treks, both long and short, from easy to strenuous, led by some of the region's most expert guides. Hikes will be offered all weekend -- Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The hike lineup includes topical adventures focusing on wildflowers, salamanders & snakes, Civilian Conservation Corps history, birds, nature photography, geology, and more. Hikes will take you to many amazing and beautiful places, including Denny Cove, Foster Falls, Fiery Gizzard, Grundy Forest, Sherwood Forest, Sewanee Natural Bridge, Shakerag Hollow, Collins Gulf, Deer Lick Falls, Greeter Falls, Stone Door, and more. All hikes leave from the DuBose Conference center in Monteagle. 16 informative talks and workshops (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) on nature journaling, birding, edible plants, watercolor, fairy houses, and more. Highlights include: • Keynote Address: Stephen Bales, author and naturalist -- Saturday, 12:00 pm • Cumberland Wild Forum: “Free Play/Nature Play Panel” -- Free admisssion, Saturday, 1:00 pm • Tennessee Naturalist Forum: "Would you like to be a Tennessee Naturalist?" -- Free admisssion, Saturday, 2:00 pm • Mary Priestley introduces her newest book, “Sewanee Wildflowers in Watercolor” with a talk and book signing at 11 am Saturday and noon on Sunday. All talks and workshops are at the DuBose Conference center in Monteagle. Also at DuBose, this year's Trails and Trilliums features a greatly expanded Plant Sale (Saturday and Sunday) featuring an extensive and beautiful inventory of wildflowers, ferns, trees and shrubs from Overhill Gardens native plant nursery in Vonore, Tennessee. On both days, there will also be garden-related vendors offering outdoor sculpture, worm castings, produce, garden accessories, botanical prints, nature books and cards. A wide array of FREE Children’s Activities (Saturday 10 am to 3 pm) at the South Cumberland State Park Visitor Center Family Fun activities are made possible through the generosity of Doug Ferris and John D. Canale. Trails and Trilliums 2019 also celebrates the grand opening of two new areas of the park: • The new Nature Play area, on the Meadow Trail at the park's Visitor Center • The new Interpretive Trail at the site of the 1930s-era Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Grundy Forest The always-popular Wine & Wildflowers celebration and Friends' fund-raiser is on Friday evening, 5:30-7:00 pm at the Monteagle Inn. Also happening on Trails & Trilliums weekend is the Trail Weekend Hootenanny, presented by the Friends of South Cumberland and the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance, starting at 4:00 pm Saturday at nearby Baggenstoss Farms.

  • TWO STORM CLEAN-UP DATES SET FOR SOUTH CUMBERLAND STATE PARK

    Savage Gulf Ranger Station

    South Cumberland State Park managers have designated Monday, November 19 and Tuesday, November 20 as the first of many work days that will be needed to clean up damage to portions of South Cumberland State Park, resulting from the Nov 6th EF-2 tornado that crossed Grundy County. “The most severe damage is in the vicinity of Savage Gulf, especially the Savage Campground and Savage Day Loop areas,” explains SCSP Assistant Manager Bill Knapp. “Trails in the eastern half of Savage Gulf are pretty bad. Walking the Savage Day Loop normally takes around an hour, at leisure. When our damage assessment team walked the Day Loop, pushing hard to get through the debris, it took us nearly 3 hours. It was a challenge the entire way, with many trees down and interlaced into a big mess.” Other affected areas include the North Plateau, North and South Rim, Mountain Oak, Collins Rim, and Collins Gulf trails. The clean-up effort will be difficult, and potentially dangerous, due to half-fallen but suspended trees, and heavy limb debris. “For these reasons, we have decided to call in a team of park rangers from across the state to help us with the clearing of trails and campgrounds,” Knapp added. “We have scheduled November 19th and 20th as our first two clean-up days. We have requested 25-30 State Park Rangers with chainsaw experience.” Knapp says the park is also getting calls from the public, asking how they can volunteer to help. “While we cannot allow them to use chainsaws, due to State regulations, we can allow them to follow the chainsaw crews to help pull brush and debris off the trails.” However, due to the extent of damage, and the potentially dangerous conditions in the affected areas, Knapp says they can’t manage a large group of volunteers, so each clean-up day will be limited to 20 able-bodied volunteers. “We will have to bring everyone, and all equipment, in by truck,” he explained. “This will be very strenuous work that will take most all day. These folks need to be able to walk upwards of 8 miles through debris-filled areas while carrying tools, and will be tasked with lifting heavy objects.” Persons interested in volunteering must pre-register by calling the SCSP office between 8 am and 4 pm before Friday, November 16th at[masked]. All tools will be provided; volunteers should dress for the weather, bring heavy work gloves, and their own food and water. Only registered volunteers will be allowed to participate. Additional information will be provided to volunteers when they call to register.

  • TWO STORM CLEAN-UP DATES SET FOR SOUTH CUMBERLAND STATE PARK

    Savage Gulf Ranger Station

    South Cumberland State Park managers have designated Monday, November 19 and Tuesday, November 20 as the first of many work days that will be needed to clean up damage to portions of South Cumberland State Park, resulting from the Nov 6th EF-2 tornado that crossed Grundy County. “The most severe damage is in the vicinity of Savage Gulf, especially the Savage Campground and Savage Day Loop areas,” explains SCSP Assistant Manager Bill Knapp. “Trails in the eastern half of Savage Gulf are pretty bad. Walking the Savage Day Loop normally takes around an hour, at leisure. When our damage assessment team walked the Day Loop, pushing hard to get through the debris, it took us nearly 3 hours. It was a challenge the entire way, with many trees down and interlaced into a big mess.” Other affected areas include the North Plateau, North and South Rim, Mountain Oak, Collins Rim, and Collins Gulf trails. The clean-up effort will be difficult, and potentially dangerous, due to half-fallen but suspended trees, and heavy limb debris. “For these reasons, we have decided to call in a team of park rangers from across the state to help us with the clearing of trails and campgrounds,” Knapp added. “We have scheduled November 19th and 20th as our first two clean-up days. We have requested 25-30 State Park Rangers with chainsaw experience.” Knapp says the park is also getting calls from the public, asking how they can volunteer to help. “While we cannot allow them to use chainsaws, due to State regulations, we can allow them to follow the chainsaw crews to help pull brush and debris off the trails.” However, due to the extent of damage, and the potentially dangerous conditions in the affected areas, Knapp says they can’t manage a large group of volunteers, so each clean-up day will be limited to 20 able-bodied volunteers. “We will have to bring everyone, and all equipment, in by truck,” he explained. “This will be very strenuous work that will take most all day. These folks need to be able to walk upwards of 8 miles through debris-filled areas while carrying tools, and will be tasked with lifting heavy objects.” Persons interested in volunteering must pre-register by calling the SCSP office between 8 am and 4 pm before Friday, November 16th at[masked]. All tools will be provided; volunteers should dress for the weather, bring heavy work gloves, and their own food and water. Only registered volunteers will be allowed to participate. Additional information will be provided to volunteers when they call to register.

  • Every Child in the Park Initiative

    South Cumberland State Park Visitors Center

    On October 1st, 2nd and 3rd, every fourth grader from Grundy County Schools, plus Monteagle Elementary, will arrive by bus -- rain or shine -- for a day of planned activities including: Geology and Pioneer Life; Gardening and Nature Play on the Meadow Trail; and a hands-on Wildlife Program. You may volunteer to work one or more days of this event, and each day generally runs from 8 am until 2 pm. If you are interested in helping, please contact Friends Education & Outreach Chair Margaret Matens at [masked].

  • NEW TRAIL WORK: Sherwood Forest Trail

    Sherwood Forest

    Join in with other South Cumberland trail blazers to help create a brand new loop trail at the park. The Sherwood Forest is a brand new area that will be opening soon for a variety of public uses. We need your help to get the trails ready! Please be prepared with sturdy footwear and plenty of water/snacks. If you have favorite trail-building tools or pairs of gloves, feel free to bring them. Note:You can only access Old CCC Road from Jumpoff Road; NOT from Sherwood Road!

  • NEW TRAIL WORK: Sherwood Forest Trail

    Sherwood Forest

    Love your land! Join in with other South Cumberland trail blazers to help create a brand new loop trail at the park on National Public Lands Day. The Sherwood Forest is a brand new area that will be opening soon for a variety of public uses. We need your help to get the trails ready! Please be prepared with sturdy footwear and plenty of water/snacks. If you have favorite trail-building tools or pairs of gloves, feel free to bring them. Note:You can only access Old CCC Road from Jumpoff Road; NOT from Sherwood Road!

  • NEW TRAIL WORK: Sherwood Forest Trail

    Sherwood Forest

    Join in with other South Cumberland trail blazers to help create a brand new loop trail at the park. The Sherwood Forest is a brand new area that will be opening soon for a variety of public uses. We need your help to get the trails ready! Please be prepared with sturdy footwear and plenty of water/snacks. If you have favorite trail-building tools or pairs of gloves, feel free to bring them. Note:You can only access Old CCC Road from Jumpoff Road; NOT from Sherwood Road!

  • Greeter Falls Trash Clean-Up

    Greeter Falls Trailhead

    Join Seasonal Ranger Spencer and Will to pick up trash around the Greeter Falls parking lot as well as on the trail towards the falls on the Greeter Falls Loop. Wear sturdy shoes, work clothes, and bring gloves for picking up trash. Be sure to bring along water and a quick bite to eat in case you get hungry. Trash bags will be provided, but feel free to bring extra bags and/or buckets. Meeting area will be the Greeter Falls parking lot at 1.

  • NEW TRAIL WORK: Sherwood Forest Trail

    Sherwood Forest

    Join in with other South Cumberland trail blazers to help create a brand new loop trail at the park. The Sherwood Forest is a brand new area that will be opening soon for a variety of public uses. We need your help to get the trails ready! Please be prepared with sturdy footwear and plenty of water/snacks. If you have favorite trail-building tools or pairs of gloves, feel free to bring them. Note:You can only access Old CCC Road from Jumpoff Road; NOT from Sherwood Road!

  • NEW TRAIL WORK: Sherwood Forest Trail

    Sherwood Forest

    Join in with other South Cumberland trail blazers to help create a brand new loop trail at the park. The Sherwood Forest is a brand new area that will be opening soon for a variety of public uses. We need your help to get the trails ready! Please be prepared with sturdy footwear and plenty of water/snacks. If you have favorite trail-building tools or pairs of gloves, feel free to bring them. Note:You can only access Old CCC Road from Jumpoff Road; NOT from Sherwood Road!