Saturday, May 12, 2012

New Travel Website for Cumberland Plateau

Planning a trip to the Cumberland Plateau for a little hiking, biking, canoeing, or any other outdoor pursuit you can think of?

The folks over at the Alliance for the Cumberlands recently launched a brand new website to help tourists and outdoor types find almost any type of adventure in the region.

The website, called Edge Trekker, is an online platform for exploring the possibilitites of travel in the Cumberland Plateau region. The purpose of the website is to provide a resource for the creation and sharing of trips, and is a part of the Alliance for the Cumberlands' effort to build a nation-wide interest in the Cumberland Plateau region.

Did you know that Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau contains over 500,000 acres in publicly owned recreation lands, including:

• 3 National Park system units

• 15 State Parks

• 14 State Natural Areas

• 7 State Forests

• 23 Wildlife Management Areas or Refuges, including one of only two elk herds in the southeast (the Smokies being the other, of course!)

• 1 National Scenic River and 3 State Scenic Rivers

The Cumberland Plateau also boasts:

• 122 natural bridges and stone arches.

• 22 chimney formations, including 14 over 20 feet in height and one 200 feet high.

• Hundreds of miles of sandstone cliffs up to 120 feet tall, including four of the finest rock climbing sites in the southeast.

• 164 waterfalls, including 39 over fifty feet and 10 over 100 feet. The list includes the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi.

• 280 caves, 21 of which are described as "extensive," including Cumberland Caverns, Big Bone Cave, and Wonder Cave.

• Many wild and spectacular gorges, including Savage Gulf State Natural Area (11,000 acres), containing one of the nation's most significant remnants of virgin cove forest.

• 1200 miles of rivers and streams

For more information, please click here.

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