National Public Lands Day to be celebrated at Denny Cove
Volunteers, along with private and public entities, have planned workdays for September 28-29 in Denny Cove, in recognition of National Public Lands Day (NLPD).
Denny Cove, located in the South Cumberland State Park, is one of the newest land acquisitions in the park. The 685-acre Denny Cove tract was acquired in July of 2016, by The Access Fund, a climbing advocacy group, the Southeast Climbers’ Coalition and Friends of the South Cumberland. It was dedicated and officially opened to the public as part of the park in March of 2017.
Previously held by a Brazilian timber company, Denny Cove is described as “a nearly pristine parcel with outstanding cliff-lines, making it a priority acquisition for climbing enthusiasts.” Denny Cove has over 150 world-class climbing routes. It is located just off U.S. 41, 2 miles south of the entrance to Foster Falls.
“NPLD is recognized annually as a day for volunteer, nonprofits and other organizations to come together and help protect and preserve our beloved land for future generations,” said South Cumberland State Park Ranger Ryan Harris. “Like most hiking trails, they all need work and these two days will consist of improving sections of the trail and the climbing area.”
Hours for the event are 9 a.m. until 12 p.m., on September 28-29. Partners include REI Nashville on Sept. 28, REI Chattanooga on Sept. 29; and the Southeast Climbers Coalition, Access Fund and Friends of South Cumberland State Park on both days.
The Denny Cove entrance is located about 1.5 miles south of the entrance to Foster Falls on U.S. Highway 41. There is a Foster Falls Volunteer Fire Department building across the street from the entrance.