Read below to learn more about this acquisition that advances important connections along the Cumberland Trail.
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On September 28, 2019, TennGreen and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) announced the acquisition of 200 acres at Hinch Mountain, just outside of Crab Orchard, Tennessee.
This key land parcel provides an important connection between Devilstep Hollow/Head of Sequatchie, Bear Den Mountain, and a portion of the trail along Hinch Mountain—all of which are owned by TDEC and managed as part of the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park (“Cumberland Trail”).
TennGreen purchased this property on behalf of TDEC in August of 2018 to assist with the expansion of the Cumberland Trail. Without this expansion, hikers would have to walk one mile on Hinch Mountain Road instead of through the lush forests of the mountain’s trails. TennGreen officially transferred the property to the State on September 25, 2019. Under the State's ownership, the land will provide a safer route for hikers, allow greater access to Devilstep Hollow/Head of Sequatchie, and offer a promising location for a Grassy Cove trailhead on TennGreen’s previously donated Karst Forest at Grassy Cove property.
This core project represents a continued effort by TennGreen and the State of Tennessee to conserve habitat and expand recreational opportunities along the Cumberland Trail. Previous conservation successes have included the 956-acre Grassy Cove Karst Forest, 385-acre Devilstep Hollow/Head of Sequatchie, 352-acre Brady Mountain, and 518-acre Black Mountain acquisitions. Currently, TennGreen and partners are assisting TDEC with the purchase of an additional 6,650 acres along the Cumberland Trail, known as “Lone Star.”
TennGreen and TDEC are grateful to the Cumberland Trails Conference for its generous support of this Hinch Mountain project.
"This expansion includes one of the last remaining outstanding parcels on the Cumberland Trail south of I-40, providing protected ownership from Ozone Falls State Natural Area to Piney River State Scenic River. Thanks to the diligent work of TennGreen, TDEC, and a number of partners, this acquisition secures a botanically rich addition to the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park and it will provide a key trailhead, core trail corridor, and essential links to Brady Mountain and the Head of Sequatchie State Natural Area.”
—Robert Weber, Board Chairman of Cumberland Trails Conference
“The Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park is already a special asset, going through 11 Tennessee counties. This acquisition will improve access for hikers and will make hikes safer. We are grateful to TennGreen for its dedication to this acquisition, which will serve Tennesseans for many years to come.”
—David Salyers, Commissioner of TDEC