Cummins Falls Winter Day Hike
February 4, 2012
Join Team Green Adventures and Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation for a day hike at the newest addition to Tennessee Natural Areas, Cummins Falls. Cummins Falls is scheduled to become a State Park, open to the public in the coming year, but we still have a chance to visit this beautiful area early. Join us for a winter time day hike, and bring your camera for a possibly view of frozen falls! Check out photos from our friends at Nashville Hiking Meetup from their hike in October 2010!
When: Saturday, February 4th at 8am (carpool) 10am (trailhead)
Where: Cummins Falls Natural Area
Jackson County, TN
Cost: FREE for members and non-members. Registration required
Trip Leader: Sheryl Handley
Difficulty: This is a moderate to difficult day hike. There are two hike options. The shorter hike to the overlook above the falls only takes about 30 minutes and is an easy hike. The long hike to the base of the waterfall takes about 4 hours round trip, depending on how much time you want to spend exploring the falls. This hike is difficult, and requires shallow river crossing and boulder hopping. We are planning to take the 4 hour hike.
Children Policy: This is a 16 and up event
Dog Policy: Friendly dogs on leashes with goup hiking experience welcomed
Deadline to Register: Wednesday, February 1st, or when group size meets capacity
ABOUT CUMMINS FALLS
The northeast side of Blackburn Fork River adjacent to Cummins Falls encompasses 186 acres and was sold at public auction May 15, 2010. Original plans called for eighty river-front houses to be developed, compromising the view of the waterfall. At the urging of the board and volunteers with Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation, a Cookeville resident, Dr. Glenn Hall, purchased the land for $1.5 million and generously agreed to give the Foundation time to buy the land from him, which was sucessfull! The park has been preserved, but funds are still needed for trail building, construction of safe stairways, directional signs, and historical markers.
Although this is a free hike, participants are encouraged to bring a donation to help the park reach these funding goals. Non-partiicpants may also donate online at TennGreen.org. To designate the donation for Cummins Falls and not just a general membership donation, click the ‘Add special instructions to the seller’ option and note 'For Cummins Falls.'
This land has been a priority for the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation for a decade. It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the United States and with your help will be preserved for public access for generations to come.