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FCS Launch “Trail Friends” Initiative

Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 2:45 pm

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).
“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, and more. 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.