(Sewanee, TN — July 13, 2017) — The Friends of South Cumberland State Park, in conjunction with the park manager and rangers, are embarking on an exciting new volunteer program, called “Trail Friends,” at three popular trailheads in the park.
The Friends are looking for people who want to become knowledgeable about the most popular trails in the park. “Trail Friends” will be stationed at these trailheads during periods of high visitor traffic to welcome hikers, provide information and answer questions about that particular trail.
The trailhead areas “Trail Friends” will be staffing include Stone Door in the Beersheba area; Grundy Forest in Tracy City (Fiery Gizzard north); and Foster Falls, between Tracy City and Jasper (Fiery Gizzard south). Volunteers are needed to be available for shifts on Fridays from 2 – 5 pm, Saturdays from 8 – 10 am and 10 am – 12 noon, and Sundays from 11 am – 1 pm and 1 – 3 pm during the peak park visitation months of September, October, April and May.
“Trail Friends” volunteers will be expected to have a working knowledge of the trail to which they’re assigned, including park rules, trail features and current conditions, where to obtain trail maps, etc.
In order to serve as a Trail Friend, each volunteer would be expected to complete three training sessions with a park ranger, and master additional online curriculum. If you love spending time in the park and enjoy meeting people, this is a great opportunity to be a goodwill ambassador for the Friends, and for the Park! Training classes will begin in August, with the first “Trail Friends” being deployed at the trailheads in September. If you are interested in learning more, or in enrolling in the training program, please visit www.FriendsOfSouthCumberland.org/trail-friends to fill out a brief information form.
A Friends representative will be in touch with everyone who is interested, to schedule the ranger-led training sessions at times that work best for all. In the meantime, if you have questions about the program, please email Friends Volunteer Chair Marietta Poteet, firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 931-924-7666.