The 13th annual Trails and Trilliums Festival will be held April 15–17 at the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, which is easily the most popular event of the year for the Friends of South Cumberland State Park.
The weekend opens Friday with hikes to Shakerag Hollow and Lost Cove followed in the evening by the Trails and Trilliums Children’s Choir Concert and Student Art Exhibition in the Assembly auditorium.
A casual reception, Wine and Wildflowers, will be held next door at Harton Hall with the opportunity to view the works of guest artists participating in Art for the Park.
On Saturday, both casual and dedicated hikers can explore the natural wonder of the South Cumberland Plateau by signing up for any of 11 guided hikes. Vans will carry participants to Lost Cove, Fiery Gizzard, Foster Falls, Grundy Lakes and Hawkins Cove where the soon to be developed Mountain Goat Trail borders a South Cumberland State Park Natural Area.
At the Assembly, outdoor lovers of all ages can enjoy programs that include Wings to Soar, Butterfly Gardens, and last year’s favorite Tales from the Trail.
Art for the Park, an art and vendor sale, continues through the weekend, with many nature themed works that showcase the integration of forest beauty into our lives. Overhill Gardens will have a broad variety of native plants for gardeners recreating forest enchantment at their homes. Saturday night crescendos into the always-fabulous Art for the Park gala with dinner, art and music benefitting Friends of the South Cumberland.
The fun continues through Sunday with hikes and an opportunity to learn about and build Fairy Houses. Artists, vendors, food and music will be available throughout the day.
The weekend’s grand finale is the Cumberland Wild Hike into History program. An all-star panel of historians, naturalists and local experts will discuss the amazing history of the South Cumberland including Native Americans, pioneers, sawmills, coal mines and old growth forests.
Registration is available online at www.Trailsandtrilliums.org.