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April 24, 2018--We are EXCITED to announce the acquisition of Dogwood Boulders, a 7-acre tract off Bluffview Road in Graysville, TN. This purchase will provide a key public access point to the Dogwood Boulders, previously only accessible via a 6-mile hike, and a new trailhead for the Cumberland Trail.



In 2009, a large portion of Dogwood Boulders was preserved in a major land conservation acquisition that added thousands of acres to Cumberland Trail State Park, creating the Graysville Mountain section. But that purchase still left a portion of the Dogwood Boulders unsecured, with a lengthy hike. This new acquisition secures a critical access point that will enable the build-out of a new public parking area and trailhead off Bluffview Road, as well as protect a small section of the overall Dogwood Boulders and a portion of cliffline.

We need your help!

We need donations from the local climbing, hiking, and conservation community to finalize this project and complete the transfer to Cumberland Trail State Park. Access Fund and SCC are working together to raise $162,000 to cover the purchase price, transaction costs, and necessary trail and stewardship improvements to create sustainable access to the areas. Click the button below to donate today!

Access Fund currently holds the property, with the intention of working alongside SCC to create sustainable access to the areas and eventually transferring them to Cumberland Trail State Park for long-term stewardship and climber-friendly management. The park has identified both properties as important additions to Cumberland Trail State Park, and is currently seeking approval to acquire the properties from Access Fund. Climbing and bouldering are recognized as welcome and appropriate recreational uses of the Cumberland Trail and other Tennessee state lands.

Can You visit Dogwood?

The acquired properties should be ready for public use by fall of 2018. SCC and Access Fund are building out trails and access infrastructure starting late spring 2018 through the summer 2018. For now, you can access the Dogwood Boulders through a private outfit called Dogwood Boulders, LLC. They provide camping and access to the Dogwood Boulders for a small fee.

Learn more about the Dogwood/Hells Kitchen access projects here.

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Published on: 2018-04-20 (61 reads)
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