Ponda Culberson is the Outreach Coordinator of the TennGreen. She has an M.S. in Biology and a B.S. in Secondary Education—Biology from Tennessee Tech, where she also served in various instruction roles from 2006 to 2013. Ponda worked for many summer seasons as a Seasonal Interpretive Ranger at both Cumberland Mountain SP & Long Hunter SP. More recently, she was the Director of Marketing & Client Education for IP Watch Corporation and an Affiliate Broker with Keller Williams Realty. 

My Favorite Hiking Spot:

My favorite hiking trails are the Cedar Glade and Volunteer trails at Long Hunter State Park. The Volunteer trail is the longest trail at the park, and it follows the shore of Percy Priest Lake for most of its run and leads to a pair of primitive backcountry camping sites. Various species of shorebirds, ducks and geese are heard and seen frequently along this route. Though most of Long Hunter's trails are relatively flat, this trail has a slight increase in elevation as it leaves the shore and climbs up the bluffs overlooking the lake. Rocky jumbles, mossy hillsides, scenic lake views, majestic trees, and abundant spring wildflowers are common sights along the trail. This area is home to a variety of mammals, including red fox, bobcat and deer.