of Cumberland Mountain State Park

Cumberland Mountain State Park is situated on the Cumberland Plateau, a segment of the great upland, which extends from western New York to central Alabama. It is said to be the largest timbered plateau in America. Cumberland Mountain State Park began as part of the greater Cumberland Homesteads Project, a New Deal-era initiative by the Resettlement Administration that helped relocate poverty-stricken families on the Cumberland Plateau to small farms centered on what is now the Cumberland Homestead community. This 1,720-acre park was acquired in 1938 to provide a recreational area for some 250 families selected to homestead on the Cumberland Plateau.

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Historic Renovation Donation Opportunity

By Laurie Snyder Secretary of Friends of CMSP

Chip Hillis, Manager of Cumberland Mtn State Park has worked at the park since 1989 and remembers special family time using the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) picnic tables found near the boat dock in the park. There are 16 tables and the supports of galvanized pipes are still the original from late 1930’s! The 10’ planks for benches and table tops need to be replaced.  They had been replaced many years ago but are now deteriorating and the boards are beginning to pull lose from the pipe supports they are mounted to.

So, the Friends of Cumberland Mtn State Park are sponsoring a campaign to raise the $2,400 needed to replace the wood parts.  This will be $150 each. So perhaps history buffs, original homestead families and relatives of the CCC boys will enjoy contributing to this goal! We will end it May 6th with snacks for any donors at Shelter four (by the boat dock), 4:00-6:00pm.  See RSVP. Chip and Ranger Mark Houston will be available for questions. This date/time is also the end of The Big Payback donation period.

The park area where the benches are located was originally a main recreational area at the park and Chip says that the CCC 3464 boys also built the Shelter 4 next to them.  Each of the 16 picnic tables had a park grill, a beautiful view of Byrd Lake and there used to be a swimming area which was removed when the Olympic size swimming pool was installed.

Chip remembers his family outings using the CCC tables.  There was fishing, swimming, boating, and grilling. He remembers playing in the water next to their picnic site and had a spot where they let fish tickle their toes. Here he had his first experience of the wonderful smell of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs. Food always tastes better after working up an appetite! All the tables were occupied so you had to be early to get one!  You can imagine the laughter and healthy air and exercise and making new friends as well. Families could see where the children were playing and know they were safe.  The theme of safe recreation for all people and families is seen throughout the state park system.

Surfing online for CCC legacy picnic tables brings up tables made with rock, cement, and logs.  Our unique tables cleverly used plumbing pipes to support 10’ wood plank benches and tabletops.

To donate towards this goal:
Bring a donation to Shelter 4 Thursday, May 6th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

Or Make checks out to Friends of CMSP and mail donations to PO Box 3021, Crossville, TN 38555.

Or HELP US THE DAY OF THE ANNUAL BIG PAYBACK by going to: from May 5th – 6pm to May 6th – 6 pm during the Big Payback campaign. This needs a minimum of $10.00.

Or use PayPal and specify for the picnic tables by clicking the link below.

RSVP FOR THE REFRESHMENTS by May 6th by leaving a message at 931-787-1925 saying how many are coming.

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Byrd Creek Trail Run