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Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau Nature Trail

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National Geographic Online Geotourism MapGuide Open for Nominations

The National Geographic Society and the Southeast Watershed Forum, a non-profit organization supporting communities throughout the southeastern United States to better protect their land and water resources, have launched the nomination process for the “East Tennessee River Valley” Geotourism MapGuide project – one of only 15 such projects in the world.Read more


William's Wildflowers

William’s Wildflowers, a children’s book showcasing the wildflowers of the South Cumberland Plateau, was written by Friends of South Cumberland president Mary Priestley and designed by Friends member and past president Latham Davis. The printing, sponsored by Chattanoga’s Creative Discovery Museum and the Chattanooga Nature Center, was made possible through grants from the Lyndhurst Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga. 
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Architects to Bring York Institute Back to Life


Maffett-Bouton & Associates, an architectural and engineering firm in Cookeville, has been selected to create an adaptive reuse plan for the 1920s-era York Institute building in Jamestown.

“We are excited about the opportunity to be a part of bringing another historical building back to life, and in doing so honoring a World War I hero,” said architect Bill Maffett. “It is projects like these that make our jobs as architects worthwhile.”Read more

Interview with Brock Hill


On March 1 it was announced that, after 16 years of leading Cumberland County, former Mayor Brock Hill would be the Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Parks and Conservation. Hill helped build schools in Crossville, and helped promote the growth of golf in Cumberland County, transforming it from a $48 million a year attraction to a $96 million a year economic driver. Hill described his motivations for working for the parks, his views on the economic and historical value of the parks and plateau, and what he wants to do with them while in office.

            While already a supporting member of the movement to turn the Cumberlands into a national heritage area for the Civil War, Hill joined the Alliance for the Cumberlands during its effort to transform the plateau into a national heritage corridor.

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Getting off the Fence About Letting Climbers on the Rocks

Anyone can look at the Cumberlands and see that it is a beautiful area filled with scenery that would be perfectly at home depicted in oil on canvas. Many people look out on this landscape and appreciate it for its beauty, the vibrant greens in the summer, the rushing waters and the picturesque mountains, while others look out and see hiking paths, kayaking waters and rock faces begging to be climbed. The Cumberlands offer an abundance of these resources, yet leaves the majority of them undeveloped.



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Gaining Ground: Driving a Local Food Movement

Back before almost everything we could ever want was shipped to us by trucks, boats and planes, people used to live off of what they could obtain locally. While this meant there weren’t certain foods during certain times of the year, a consumer could be fairly sure of where their food came from. As the global economy took off, food became something of a traveling salesman coming into town from somewhere over the horizon and working its way into the stores. Now you can go to the store and buy strawberries, for instance, at almost any time of the year, and, while this is wonderfully convenient, it sometimes makes it difficult to know where your food is coming from.


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Water to Tread

Kayaking and Water Control on the Cumberland Plateau


Tennessee is considered by some to be the home of some of the best kayaking in the eastern United States. The Ocoee river alone brings around 300,000 kayakers, boaters, and rafters to Tennessee and the businesses that sink or swim depending upon their currents.

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United States
35° 55' 33.726" N, 85° 27' 50.0076" W

George McGlothin


Looking for an entertaining Civil War speaker for your civic group or school? McGlothin of Falcon Rest Mansion in McMinnville is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War by offering talks for area civic groups and schools that bring that period to life.

“Many people think of history as names and dates trapped in the dusty pages of a book. We’ve proved at Falcon Rest that history can be fun,” said McGlothin. “That’s true of the Civil War as well. A lot of it happened right where we live. It’s actual stories of real people that are more fascinating than anything we could make up.”


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Falcon Rest
2645 Faulkner Spring Road
United States
35° 41' 13.4484" N, 85° 46' 48.4824" W

Concrete Condos at Long Branch Lakes

    When most people think of cabins built in the mountains, the first thought that comes to mind probably isn’t the builder's use of technology, but Developer Cliff Davidson is challenging the idea that a cabin can’t be both rustic and energy efficient at the same time.

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Friends of the South Cumberland Update

The Friends have joined forces with The Land Trust for Tennessee, The Conservation Fund, and the State of Tennessee to purchase more than 6000 acres in and around the Fiery Gizzard Gorge. The Fiery Gizzard Project, the Friends’ most exciting campaign since Saving Great Spaces, will result in the addition of 2900 acres to the park and the protection of 3300 adjacent acres with a conservation easement.

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