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Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail – Volunteer Vacations 2021

October 17 - October 23

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The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail (CTSST) is a backcountry hiking trail that extends from a northern terminus at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park across eleven Tennessee counties along the Cumberland Plateau, to a southern terminus at Signal Point, part of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in Signal Mountain, Tennessee. Of 322+ planned miles of trail, over 215 miles are currently open for public use. When complete, the trail will connect three national Parks, three Tennessee State Parks, five State Natural Areas, multiple Wildlife and Resource Management areas, and a Tennessee State Forest. The Cumberland Trail will be Tennessee’s contribution to the Great Eastern Trail, which will cross nine states and 1,800 miles, extending from Alabama to New York. On this trip, volunteers will build trail that will join the Head of Sequatchie Resource Management Area with Black and Brady Mountain segments. Specific tasks include using various hand tools to clear brush, dig trail tread, construct rock steps, and install trail markers. The team will also create drainage features, prepare bridge sites, and construct other elements of sustainable trail design.



Tennessee State Parks




Day hiking up to 3 miles each work day

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Minimum Volunteer Age


Maximum Group Size


Area and Attractions

The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail rides the eastern escarpment of the Cumberland Plateau looking into the Tennessee Valley and farther over to the Appalachian Mountains. The Head of Sequatchie is an idyllic, remote historic valley setting, full of wildflowers, birds, insects and water features. Volunteers will be treated to a one-of-a-kind guided hike experience which will feature one of the Cumberland Trail's most spectacular views, the overlook at Black Mountain. During free time, volunteers can explore surrounding state parks or visit Knoxville or Chattanooga! This is a rare opportunity to fully enjoy one of the hidden treasures of the Cumberland Trail.

Accommodations Description

Volunteers will be staying in a huge two level lodge with full kitchen geared toward large groups, with plenty of room to socially distance. Large common area on first floor and large meeting hall on second floor. There are eight bedrooms furnished with single beds/cots and two shower areas. Laundry is available. Camping on grounds is available.There is an office that has WiFi near by. Volunteers should bring a sleeping bag or linens and pillow, towels, and personal gear.


No aiport pickup provided for this trip. The closest airport is Chattanooga International Airport. Meeting times will be sent to registrants when the trip is confirmed.


Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail
267 Glyph PKWY, Pikeville, TN 37367 United States