Adopter In-Depth Guide

 

The Cumberland Trail

When completed, the Cumberland Trail State Park and State Scenic Trail will offer 330 miles of hiking trails in 11 counties, including a 300-mile long-distance trail from Cumberland Gap to Signal Point, near Chattanooga. The Cumberland Trail (CT) now has 30,400 acres under direct management, 45 open trailheads, and 190 miles of open trail, connecting an additional 300,000 acres of public land. Foot for foot, the CT is arguably the p1ost scenic trail corridor in the Eastern US, with a route that intersects 3 National Park Service units, 7 State Natural Areas, 2 National Natural Landmarks, 4 Tennessee State Parks, 4 Tennessee Wildlife Management Areas, 2 National Historic Districts, and 2 National Natural Landmarks. The CT is scheduled to be fully opened within the next four years.

 

Visibility and User Groups

There is a population of 2.3 million people residing within a 35-mile drive to a CT trailhead, giving project a greater number of neighboring residents than the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The long, linear boundaries of park intersect or parallel  most of Tennessee’s  most  prominent  transportation routes, including 1-75, 1-40, US Hwy 70, US Hwy 27, US Hwy 127, US Hwy 25E, US Hwy 25 W, and many more Tennessee  State highways.    Hiking, exercise  walking, trail running, camping, fishing, rock climbing, whitewater sports, swimming, caving, hunting, picnicking,  and nature study are the principle uses of the Cumberland Trail.

 

CT Builders and Adopters Program

Partnerships between Tennessee State Parks, private donors, and volunteers have propelled the CT toward its grand, full opening, scheduled at the end of 2018, with critical support for land acquisition, trail and bridge construction, and trail maintenance. On July 10, 2015, a new CT Builders and Adopters Program will develop statewide sponsorship from corporate partners, including businesses and NGOs, and community organizations, and individuals, aimed at trail and trailhead maintenance, and contributions toward trail, bridge, and trailhead construction. The CT Adopter program is seeking 31 trailhead adopters and 100 trail adopters focused on basic maintenance of existing infrastructure. CT Builders can also contribute to the construction of new trail bridges, 12 new trailheads, or ½ mile sections of trail. A division of Volkswagen Group of America -Chattanooga has agreed to the initial adoption of 3 trailheads and 10 miles of trail.

 

Business Partners

Participants can choose diverse options for support. CT Ranger staff will train and support employee programs or volunteers. Corporations may support regular maintenance or construction through tax­ deductible donations. Partnership acknowledgement will include a CT signboard identifying corporate sponsorship, a press announcement, inclusion on a partner’s webpage with sponsorship details, and inclusion in an awards and recognition program.

 

CT Builders and Adopters Programs

 

CT Trailhead Adopters can participate through donations for the annual upkeep of CT trailheads. Trailheads are separated into 2 categories

    • Major Trailhead: Heavy visitation requires 15 to 30 hrs per month for litter removal. Annual replacement of Plexiglas and gravel on parking surface may be Range: $1000 – $4,000
      • North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area (Soddy Daisy)
      • Laurel-Snow State Natural Area (Dayton)
      • Year 1 and 2: $1000 minimum — $4000 annual funding goal
      • Year 3 and following years: $1000 or less

     

    • All Other Trailheads (Backcountry and Basic): Light-Medium visitation requires 4 to 8 hrs per month for litter removal. Annual replacement of Plexiglas and gravel on parking surface may be necessary. Range: $330 – $1,000
      • Year 1 and 2: $330 minimum — $1000 annual funding goal
      • Year 3 and following years: $330 or less.

 

CT Trailhead Builders sponsorship covers costs for gravel base, parking bumpers, and retaining walls or barriers. Range: $3,000 to $8,000.

 

 

CT Trailhead Adopters – Project Examples – Others Available (of Your Choice)

 

Ozone Falls Trailhead (Cumberland County): A CT Adopter donation of $1,700 per year allows for sponsorship of this Major Trailhead, on US Hwy 70, just east of Crab Orchard. This site preserves one of Tennessee’s earliest celebrated natural landmarks, a 100-foot tall waterfall along the route of Walton’s Road, the gateway to the western frontier in the late 18th Century. Annual maintenance costs are needed for litter removal, kiosk maintenance, and parking surface repair.

 

Brady Mountain Trailhead (Cumberland County): Existing Trailhead, classified as a Basic Trailhead, but requiring much more litter removal than other sites, due to its accessibility and visibility on Tennessee Hwy 68.  The trailhead provides access to Brady Mountain, which forms the western rim above Grassy Cove National Natural Landmark. Annual maintenance requires a CT Adopter donation of $1,500 per year.

 

Piney River Trailhead (Rhea County): Existing Trailhead classified as a Major Trailhead, on Shut In Gap Road, just

2.5 miles from downtown Spring City, providing immediate access to Piney River and Soak Creek for swimming, fishing, and picnicking. Formerly managed as a Bowater public recreation area, the dramatic scenery attracts continual visitation. Annual maintenance requires a CT Adopter donation of $2,500 per year for gravel, mowing, kiosk maintenance, picnic table maintenance, and litter removal.

 

 

 

CT Trailhead Builders – Project Examples – Others Available (of Your Choice)

Carr Gap Trailhead (Claiborne County); New Trailhead: Suggested $5,000 for gravel, bumpers, barriers, and kiosk. This is a CT Builders project that would entitle the company to perpetual recognition for construction of the facility. We anticipate the partnership of the Army National Guard in contributing the remainder of the construction costs. This trailhead is the only planned access to the Cumber and Trail in Claiborne County south of Cumberland Gap. It will be classified as a Backcountry Trailhead, just below one of the Cl’s most expansive overlook s.

 

Greene’s Lane Trailhead (Campbell County): New Trailhead: Suggested $5,000 for gravel, tiles, bumpers, barriers, retaining wall and kiosk. This kiosk provides access to Mt. Cloud, Hole in the Mountain Natural Bridge, and several scenic overlooks of Powell Valley. This is a CT Builders project and we anticipate the partnership of Campbell County government in contributing the remainder of the construction costs: It will be classified as a Basic Trailhead, just a few miles north of the City of LaFollette.

 

Daddy’s Creek Trailhead (Cumberland County): New Trailhead: Suggested $3,500 for gravel, tiles, bumpers, barriers, and kiosk. This trailhead provides access to the CT section along scenic Daddy’ Creek, just 4 miles north of Crab Orchard, along Hebbertsburg Road, This is a CT Builder project, and will be classified as a Basic Trailhead.

 

**Contributions will be managed by the Friends of the Cumberland Trail and are tax-deductible.** 

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