View from an overlook on the new Sherwood Forest Day Loop Trail. (Photo: Bob Butters)

If you enjoy exploring the many wonders of South Cumberland State Park and would like to give back, there are currently a number of ways you can participate in improving or maintaining the park, and get some exercise in the great outdoors in the process:

Volunteer Day at Greeter Falls — Saturday, July 14 — noon to 2:30 p.m.
Lend a hand picking up trash along the Greeter Falls trail. Wear sturdy shoes and work clothes, and bring gloves for picking up trash. Be sure to bring along plenty of water and a high-energy snack. Trash bags will be provided, but feel free to bring extra bags and/or buckets for gathering trash. Meet at the Greeter Falls trailhead in Altamont.

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Help make headway on the Sherwood Forest Day Loop
Help Ranger Jason Reynolds build a new trail in the recently-acquired Sherwood Forest area of the park. Check out this new video about Sherwood Forest and the Day Loop Trail Build, and then meet Ranger Jason at the trailhead for this amazing new 3-mile loop trail, with incredible bluff views. The trailhead is about 15 minutes south of Sewanee.

Upcoming work dates:

  • Saturday, July 14., 1:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 20., 1:30 p.m.
  • Monday, July 30., 9 a.m.

Help finish new trails in Denny Cove — Sunday, July 29 — 9 a.m.
Trail work in Denny Cove has made good progress, but sections are still incomplete. Seasonal Ranger, Spencer Baxter, needs your help to complete a sustainable, long-lasting trails system in this new area of the park. Trail work lasts approximately four hours.

Meet at the Denny Cove Trailhead.

There are jobs for everyone, and many do not involve moving rocks. There are plenty of less strenuous jobs, like brush trimming, raking trail corridor, and leveling soil. Please be prepared with sturdy footwear and suitable clothing, and bring plenty of water/snacks. Necessary tools and equipment will be provided, but if you have favorite trail-building tools or pairs of gloves, feel free to bring them.

Volunteer Day at Grundy Forest — Sunday, July 29 — noon to 3 p.m.
Join seasonal Ranger Will Stuart and help pick up trash along the Little Fiery Gizzard Creek on the Grundy Forest Day Loop. Wear sturdy shoes and work clothing, and bring gloves for picking up trash. Be sure to bring plenty of water and a high-energy snack. Trash bags will be provided, but feel free to bring extra bags and/or buckets for gathering trash.

Meet at the Grundy Forest trailhead of the Fiery Gizzard Trail.

Click here for more information about these volunteer opportunities, to sign up, and to get directions to the trailhead meeting locations.

Trail Friend volunteers needed
The Friends of South Cumberland are looking for volunteers to help park visitors get the most out of their visit. Volunteers are now being accepted for the 2018 fall season. “Trail Friends” are stationed at popular park trailheads during periods of high visitor traffic to welcome hikers, provide information and answer questions about that particular trail. Learn more here.

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