Tennesseans partner to expand Cumberland Trail State Park
In what beautiful park can you fish, hike, whitewater paddle, swim or rock climb? The answer is the Cumberland Trail State Park, and the Land Trust for Tennessee recently helped to add 3,200 acres and 10 linear miles to this important area.
The recent acquisition of property on Graysville Mountain preserves its beauty and offers outdoor recreation to benefit Tennesseans for future generations to come. The Land Trust for Tennessee put a conservation easement in place on over two-thirds of the property, and then facilitated the purchase of the entire property by the State for the Cumberland Trail.
The expansion could not have been accomplished without partnerships and funding from a variety of sources, including a grant from the Heritage Conservation Trust Fund, federal grants and private funds raised by the Cumberland Trail Conference (CTC).
“This acquisition speaks to the power of leveraging resources and cultivating partnerships to accomplish more than we could do alone,” said Gov. Phil Bredesen.
“Not only will the Graysville Mountain acquisition protect priority land and natural resources, it also represents an important piece of the Cumberland Trail,” said Jim Fyke the department of environment and conservation commissioner.
“Under Governor Bredesen’s leadership, we have made considerable progress on the trail, increasing the acreage managed by the Cumberland Trail State Park from 1,200 acres to 23,000 acres since 2003,” he said.
Upon completion, the Cumberland Trail, the state’s only linear park, will be 300 miles, cutting through 11 Tennessee counties from the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park on the Tennessee-Virginia-Kentucky border to the Signal Point near Chattanooga. More than one hundred and fifty miles of the Cumberland Trail is currently open and ready for exploration. For more information on the Cumberland Trail State Park and Scenic Trail, visit www.tnstateparks.com.
Published June 2010
Photo by Robert Pickens