Friends of South Cumberland President Naullain Kendrick (right) presents a $10,000 contribution to Mountain Goat Trail Alliance Executive Director Patrick Dean at the Actv8Grundy Healthier Tennessee event in Altamont Feb. 12. (Photo: Rick Dreves)

During the Activ8Grundy Healthier Tennessee event at the Grundy County courthouse Feb. 12, Friends of South Cumberland State Park presented a contribution of $10,000 to facilitate extension of the Mountain Goat Trail through southern Grundy County.

Friends President Naullain Kendrick said:

We are very grateful to be able to participate in this celebration of Grundy County’s designation as a Healthier Tennessee Community. We felt this was also a great time to show our support for the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance. The nearly 100 miles of walking and hiking trails in South Cumberland State Park, coupled with the nearly 11 miles of the Mountain Goat Trail that will be complete or under construction by the end of this year, provide citizens of our area with a wonderful variety of ways to get outside, walk and get healthier every day.


According to Kendrick, the Mountain Goat Trail will soon connect some of the most popular areas of South Cumberland State Park, with short spur trails planned as part of the upcoming phases of construction, linking the MGT to the park’s visitors center and to Grundy Forest, the northern terminus of the Fiery Gizzard Trail.

Mountain Goat Trail Alliance Executive Director Patrick Dean agreed.

“There’s a natural partnership between the MGTA and the Friends, connecting our common goal: getting people outside, moving and being healthy,” he said. “We’re gratified that the Friends have chosen to support us, and we look forward to also eventually connecting the Savage Gulf and Hawkins Cove areas of the park via the Mountain Goat Trail.”

Friends of South Cumberland is a nonprofit organization and the official public support group for South Cumberland State Park. The park currently protects nearly 31,000 acres of environmentally significant land in Grundy, Sequatchie, Marion and Franklin counties for this and future generations to enjoy. Learn more about the group here.

The Mountain Goat Trail is a rail-to-trail community outdoor recreation project to convert an abandoned railroad right-of-way into a multiuse recreational corridor between Grundy and Franklin counties on the Cumberland Plateau. Learn more here.