Great outdoors

If you’re looking for some great outdoor adventures, South Cumberland State Park might be just the thing.

This nearby wilderness recreational area includes some of Tennessee’s most diverse and spectacular scenery scattered over 100 square miles in Franklin, Marion, Grundy and Sequatchie counties.

It’s a popular destination for hikers as it has numerous miles of trails and a number of primitive campgrounds.

In addition to hiking and camping, the park offers opportunities for picnicking, swimming, fishing, caving, visiting historic ruins, rock climbing, rappelling and viewing spectacular rock formations, wildlife and waterfalls.

The South Cumberland Visitor Center is located on U.S. Highway 41 between Tracy City and Monteagle. For more information on the following and other programs, call the visitor center at 924-2980 or just show up for the fun! Everyone is welcome.

Details of these activities can be found at friendsofscsra.org.

Nov. 27

Day-after hike

Join in for the free day-after-Thanksgiving hike in the Grundy Forest natural area from 1-3 p.m. with Ranger Jessie DeRight.

Ranger DeRight wants you to “opt outside” with her as she talks about the plants and animals of the Grundy Forest as well as the history of the area.

This is a two-mile trek that is rated as moderate due to rocky terrain, exposed roots, and some minor elevation change. Please wear sturdy shoes, appropriate clothing, and bring plenty of water.

Meet at 131 Fiery Gizzard Road, Tracy City. For more information and to register for the hike, call 931-924-4290.

Dec. 6

Evening hike

Join Ranger Mark Greenwood for an exciting evening hike to Rattlesnake Point on Dec. 6 from 3:15-6:15 p.m.

Join in for this four-mile, round-trip hike from the Savage Gulf Ranger Station to the Rattlesnake Point Overlook.

Hikers may see the sunset over Savage Gulf, weather permitting. There are no guarantees of this, due to the many variables of a guided hike.

Be sure to bring along flashlights, water, and a snack and wear sturdy shoes.

The areas around overlooks can be treacherous in terms of keeping your footing. The potential to slip and fall exists, and extreme care is needed. Flashlights are a must, as it will likely be well after dark before hikers return.

Meet at Savage Gulf Ranger Station, 3157 SR 399, Palmer. Cost is $10. Register by calling 931-924-2980 or email Greenwood at mark.greenwood@tn.gov.

Registration closes at midnight the day before the hike. Cancellations must be made no later than 48 hours prior to the program’s scheduled conclusion in order to receive a refund.

Friends calendars available

Calendars make great holiday presents, and the 2021 Friends of South Cumberland State Park calendar is no exception.

The calendar features photographs from a few of the contest winners in this year's Picture the Park Photo Contest.

Supplies are limited. Buy your calendars at the information and welcome center or at the Stone Door gift shop.

All proceeds benefit the work of Friends. To view all the award-winning photographs from this year's contest, visit   https://www.friendsofsouthcumberland.org/2020photos.html.

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