Volunteer Appreciation Day, hosted by Cumberland Trail Conference, consisted of a hike on Black Mountain followed by a trip to Cumberland Mountain State Park for dinner, awards ceremony, and a presentation by Tony Hook.
It was cold, windy, and foggy atop Black Mountain where the hike began but conditions improved as we hiked down the mountain to Windless Cave. After a lunch break at the cave, we left the trail and began bushwhacking our way toward Brady Mountain trail head on a yet to be constructed but flagged route between Windless Cave and Highway 68. This off trail adventure added a little spice to the day’s event.
After the hike, a few drove over to Ozone Falls while others headed to Cumberland Mountain State Park. Those that made the side trip to Ozone Falls were not disappointed as the falls are easily accessible and flow over the falls was very high.
The day ended with dinner, awards ceremony, and an excellent presentation by Tony Hook which began with a report of progress made on Cumberland Trail during 2009 and concluded with plans and projections for 2010.
Photos from Don Deakins
Photos from Bob DeHart