Programs 2016

Below are some of our highlights from 2016! Check back for more information about 2017 programs that we will be offering.

Monday, September 12th – Pickett CCC Memorial State Park 

Music from Leonard and Gary Anderson – 7:00PM (Central) 

Join us for musical entertainment from Leonard and Gary Anderson.  These local favorites have been a big hit with the staff of the Cumberland Trail, and we just know you’ll love hearing their songs, stories & superb guitar picking.

Dark Sky Program – 8:30PM (Central)  (REGISTER)

On Monday, September 12th, the Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee riders will be able to participate in a Dark Sky viewing event starting at 8:30PM CT. The program will be hosted by astronomers and take place at Pickett CCC Memorial State Park ballfield, located behind the group camp.

Pickett CCC Memorial State Park and Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area was certified as an International Dark Sky Park in 2015. The park is dedicated to bringing awareness of preserving the natural beauty of the night sky through programming and being an example of proper lighting.  We follow the guidelines set by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) for artificial lights to lower our light pollution, which lessens our ability to view celestial objects.   To receive the designation, the park worked with local communities and governments and throughout the summer have night programs for park visitors.   Pickett and Pogue were the first state park in the Southeast and the only in the state of Tennessee to receive this certification.

Paul Lewis, Director of the Space Science Outreach Program at UT, has spent many years doing outreach programs for Pickett State Park.  He was instrumental in the IDA’s certification for the park and has assisted with star parties for park visitors.

Michael Hodge has been a park ranger at Frozen Head State Park for 12 years.  He has a love for the night sky and has been presenting astronomy programs for 14 years as a park ranger and a seasonal interpretive ranger.


Tuesday, September 13th – Cumberland Mountain State Park

7:00PM – Ed Brown’s Cumberland Band is a perennial favorite at regional festivals and beyond and they’ve been great friends to the Cumberland Trail. They’ll treat us to an evening of Bluegrass, straight from the Cumberland Plateau:


Wednesday, September 14, 2016 – BRAT Lay Over Day at Cumberland Mountain State Park (REGISTER)

Guided Hike – Byrd Creek Trail 9 AM

Meet State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath for a 2 mile walk on the Byrd Creek Trail. We will start from the park office. This is a nature walk with lots of stops to learn and observe so it will take over 2 hours to complete.

Climbing and Rappelling at Black Mountain – 10 AM

Tennessee State Park Rangers will host a special program at nearby Black Mountain to give riders the opportunity to rappel off the mountain and try rock climbing.

Guided Hike – Pioneer Loop at 1 PM

Meet Randy at the boat dock at the beginning of the cabin area. This is a 5 mile roundtrip with many scenic features to enjoy. It is generally easy with several stops to enjoy the scenery. The hike should take a little more than 3 hours.


Thursday, September 15, 2016 – Southwest Point Park

Learn more about the history and archaeology of Fort Southwest Point with Fort Agent Don Lawrence, and Cumberland Trail Ranger Jim Brannon. Before his career with Tennessee State Parks, Jim Brannon worked with Tennessee’s Division of Archaeology. During that time, he participated in excavation work at Southwest Point.  Jim will talk about the excavation process and findings, while Don will share about the history of Fort Southwest Point.