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Cumberland Trail Volunteers

Mention spring break and for most people images of road trips and warm beaches filled with partying college kids comes to mind. But these days many young people are bypassing the wild and crazy of a “traditional” spring break. That’s because they’re opting for something more meaningful. It’s called an alternative spring break. College students take time off from the rigors of studying by volunteering to help somewhere. Wild Side Guide Ken Tucker takes us to Graysville Mountian in Rhea County, where some service minded students spent their spring break building a section of the Cumberland Trail.

When completed, the Cumberland Trail will extend roughly 300 miles across our state, from the Cumberland Gap down to Signal Mountain. So far several segments of the trail, totaling nearly 200 miles, are complete and ready to hike. But there’s a lot more work to be done and volunteers are always needed. If you are interested in helping out, you can call the Cumberland Trail State Park headquarters at 423-566-2229, visit the park’s Facebook page, or check out the Friends of the Park website.

From show 2803