The below paragraph is a news alert and volunteer opportunity for community members to participate in trail building and maintenance in East Tennessee. Working in conjunction with the Cumberland Trail Conference, interested TN residents and college groups will spend a week of their time and money to develop new trail segments. Rock/Creek has been a long standing supporter of CTC’s mission to develop and preserve the historic 300 plus-mile trail. This will reach from northern TN/KY border down to the River Gorge in Chattanooga. The Cumberland Trail Conference is a designated beneficiary of the Rock/Creek Trail Series, along with Wild Trails and other local non-profits.
January 2-8 and 9-15, 2011:
Winter Alternative Break, Soddy Daisy, TN,
Students from Grand Valley State University and the University of Kansas will be performing trail maintenance in North Chickamauga Gorge. Students and volunteers will be repairing the trail that had gotten damaged during a recent fire in the gorge. This program is open to volunteers. Lodging provided at the Lutheran Camp. Individuals that are not CTC or TTA members that require meals and lodging will need to pay a $12/night fee.
For more details, contact the CTC office at firstname.lastname@example.org or
BreakAway is an Alternative Spring/Winter Break program hosted by the Tennessee Trails Association (TTA) and Cumberland Trail Conference (CTC). College students from across the country pay their own way to come to Tennessee to work on the Cumberland Trail along with TTA/CTC volunteers. Students and volunteers stay in East Tennessee and participate in trail building/maintenance for a week. BreakAway also provides for educational opportunities about the environment, history, geology, flora and fauna along the Cumberland Trail. Each college is limited to a maximum of 12 participants for this program. BreakAway participants must be affiliated with a BreakAway sanctioned school and have a site leader present.
Past year’s projects and the Breakaway event details can be found on Cumberland Trail’s website: http://www.cumberlandtrail.org/ct_breakaway.html