The Sherwood Natural Bridge. (Photo: Bob Butters)

South Cumberland State Park currently has two projects underway that could benefit from help from volunteers.

In the park’s recently acquired Sherwood Forest unit, about a quarter of the 2.5-mile Sherwood Day Loop Trail has been completed. Ranger Jason Reynolds is leading a volunteer team to continue building the trail, which currently reaches the Sherwood Natural Bridge and features a panoramic overlook with a view of Lost Cove and the Cowan Tunnel area.

Work is scheduled for the following dates and times (Central):

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  • Dec. 13, 9 a.m.
  • Dec. 18, 9 a.m.
  • Dec. 29, 1 p.m.
  • Jan. 6, 9 a.m.
  • Jan. 10, 9 a.m.
  • Jan. 17, 9 a.m.
  • Jan. 26, 1 p.m.

Meet at the Sherwood Forest Trailhead. Get directions here.

You can email Reynolds for more details at [email protected].

Additionally, South Cumberland State Park and the Friends of South Cumberland are also looking for volunteers to help reconstruct and restore an important part of local history, the old Civilian Conservation Corps camp at Grundy Forest.

With financial support from the South Cumberland Community Fund and other donors, South Cumberland rangers and volunteers are working on the first phase of an ambitious plan to recreate portions of the 1930s-era village, which housed nearly 200 members of CCC Co. 1475 at Grundy Forest. Learn more and watch a video about the project here.

Work is scheduled for the following dates and times (Central):

  • Dec. 9, 9 a.m.
  • Dec. 10, 9 a.m.
  • Dec. 16, 9 a.m.
  • Dec. 17, 9 a.m.

Meet at the Grundy Forest Trailhead. Get directions here.

You can email Ranger Park Greer for more details at [email protected].

While some projects involve moving rocks, there are also plenty of less strenuous jobs, such as trimming brush, raking the trail corridor and leveling soil.

If you’d like to help with getting either of these projects completed, contact the rangers in charge.

Click here to sign up or learn more about these and other projects at South Cumberland State Park.

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