The Land Trust for Tennessee and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation have acquired land that will add more than 1,000 acres and 10 linear miles of trail to the Cumberland Trail State Park in Bledsoe, Rhea and Hamilton counties.
The acquisition includes property in Bledsoe and Rhea counties, located near Spring City, which had been the longest unprotected link remaining in the Cumberland Trail. It connects Stinging Fork State Natural Area to Piney Falls State Natural Area, and includes approximately five miles of Soak Creek.
Recent acquisitions also include a 26-acre piece of property near the Graysville Mountain unit of the Cumberland Trail, which provides a critical link in the trail that was about to be developed.
The Land Trust and TDEC continue to engage those who own the critical tracts needed to complete the conservation efforts along the Cumberland Trail. The Cumberland Trail will be 300 miles long upon completion of pending acquisitions, cutting through 11 Tennessee counties from the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park on the Tennessee-Virginia-Kentucky border to Signal Point near Chattanooga. For more information on the Cumberland Trail State Park and Scenic Trial, visit www.tnstateparks.com.
READ MORE ABOUT THE CUMBERLAND TRAIL, FEATURED IN OUR WINTER NEWSLETTER 2013/2014