South Cumberland State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities and learning experiences as well as chances to volunteer.
Scouts and church groups are welcome to volunteer to help South Cumberland State Park rangers build and repair the trail system.
Please be prepared by dressing for trail work and the weather, including sturdy footwear and bring plenty of water, lunch and high-energy snacks.
If you have favorite trail-building hand tools and gloves, feel free to bring them. Please email the rangers-in-charge to let them know you’ll be coming to help.
Sherwood Forest trail building
Join in for the Sherwood Forest trail-building fun on Monday and Aug. 31 at 9 a.m.
Meet at the Sherwood Forest East Trailhead to join with other South Cumberland trail blazers to help complete a brand new loop trail at the park.
Sherwood Forest is a beautiful new area of the park, now open for a variety of public uses, so your help is needed to get the trail finished. For more information, and to RSVP, email Ranger Jason Reynolds.
Trail building in Collins Gulf
Meet Ranger Dan Wescoat Tuesday and Aug. 20 at 9 a.m. at the Savage Gulf South Trailhead for a day of building a new trail in Collins Gulf which is a reroute leading to Horsepound Falls.
Volunteers will hike about 1.5 miles each way to the work site through some difficult terrain.
For more information, and to RSVP, email Wescoat.
Everyone is welcome to become a “trail friend," a volunteer who offers park visitors a cheery welcome and much-needed information about the park, the natural surroundings, and the specifics of the trails.
Trail Friends staff five of the busiest trailheads in the park and also walk these trails, answering questions and providing assistance as they go.
More than 4,000 people have been helped by this enthusiastic team of volunteers.
The Trail Friends team is always looking for enthusiastic new members. More information and online training is available.
Visit the Trail Friends page on the Friends of South Cumberland website to learn more and get involved.