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South Cumberland State Park

March 22 - March 28

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South Cumberland State Park is a situated on the beautiful Cumberland Plateau, a flat-topped mountain with rugged canyons rimed in sandstone cliffs. Our park is regionally well known for its wilderness situation and for the miles of hiking and backpacking trails that we have. Our trails are very rugged and not accessible for all users, so when we recently acquired new land, we immediately started a trail building project that will fill a new niche for our users. The Sherwood Forest Day Loop will be a moderately easy trail that is situated on the talus slopes of Crow Creek Valley. The trail will gently undulate through the forest, crossing creeks and passing interesting rock formations. Currently one half of the trail is finished and this project will involve brand new trail construction. This will be very physical (but rewarding!) work involving cutting new trail and perhaps a little rock work. Park Rangers and Master Trail Builders will teach the proper way to use tool like the Mcleod, the Pulaski, and the axe mattock. You will also learn sustainable trail building techniques that you can bring back for use at your home trails. The goal for the week is to get 200 yards of brand spankin’ new beautiful trail built!


Tennessee State Parks




Day hiking up to 3 miles each work day

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Minimum Volunteer Age


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Area and Attractions

The location of this project is outside of the small college town of Sewanee, Tennessee. Sherwood Forest sits on the southern part of the Cumberland Plateau, the largest forested plateau in the US. The region is well known for its biodiversity including a spring wildflower show that is rivaled only by the Smokey Mountains. Hiking is available at the other sections of South Cumberland as well as the nearby Franklin State Forest and the University of the South. Other nearby outdoor recreational activities include rock climbing, rappelling, fishing, paddling, mountain biking, horseback riding, and caving.

Accommodations Description

Accommodations are a large 2 story log cabin that has been converted to a bunkhouse. Upstairs are 2 large bunkrooms each with their own bathroom separated by a commons area. Downstairs has one bunkroom with bathroom and a kitchen with half bath and a large living room space. Each bunkroom sleeps 5-7 people (single size bunkbeds). There is also a front and back porch, the back overlooking the canyon below. There is also a washer/dryer, a fireplace, and a basement. Volunteers should bring their own linens (twin sized sheets or sleeping bag, pillow, and towel) and personal items.


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


South Cumberland State Park
301 Lois Lane, Sherwood, Tennessee 37375 United States

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