Upcoming Chapter Meetings

Sep 26. Nashville

Oct 7. Plateau

Oct 13. TTA

Oct 13. Clarksville

Oct 24. All

7-day Hike Schedule

Sep 26. Sitton’s Gulch (bottom of Cloudland Canyon).  ..More.. Sitton’s Gulch (bottom of Cloudland Canyon).  Approximately 4 miles.  Moderate.  $5 parking fee.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 8 a.m. (Soddy Daisy)

Sep 27. Cumberland Mountain State Park.  Since we are ..More.. Cumberland Mountain State Park.  Since we are heading out this weekend for an overnight, we’ll do the Pioneer Loop Trail for 4.3 easy miles, and the Byrd Creek Trail for another easy 2 miles. Then partake in the buffet lunch at the State Park restaurant. Depart from Trinity Tabernacle at 8:00am CT. Carpool cost is $1. Bring water.  (Plateau)

Sep 29. Hiking the weekend of September 29-October 1 Cindy ..More.. Hiking the weekend of September 29-October 1 Cindy Whitt is leading a two-day hike in Pickett State Park the weekend of September 29-October 1.  According to Cindy, the historic cabins are wonderful.   She loves this park and would be willing to map out some trails for hiking.  Cindy believes however that if you want to stay at Pickett State Park, they have a two-day minimum stay. Below is some information regarding Pickett State Park.  It is about a three-hour drive from Franklin to Pickett State Park which is located in the upper Cumberland area.  Please contact Cindy if you have any interest in traveling with her.  PICKETT STATE PARK Did you know? Pickett was the first state park in the southeast to be listed as a certified dark sky viewing location! On May 12, 2015, Pickett State Park and Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area were named a Silver-tier International Dark Sky Park for their commitment to preserving the natural beauty of the night sky. The combined property will be known as Pickett-Pogue International Dark Sky Park. Pickett CCC Memorial State Park lies within the 19,200-acre Pickett State Forest, and is adjacent to the massive 120,000 acre Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. In 1933, the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company donated nearly 12,000 acres of land to the State of Tennessee to be developed as a forest recreational area. Initial development of the area by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) occurred between 1934 through1942. The CCC constructed hiking trails, five rustic cabins, a recreation lodge, a ranger station and a 12-acre lake. The park memorializes and preserves the unique work of the CCC who first developed the park. (Columbia/Franklin)

Sep 30. National Public Lands Day, We will do our assigned ..More.. National Public Lands Day, We will do our assigned trail maintenance on LBL, NS trail from the South Checking Station to Tharp Road; 8 miles, moderate; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, at Kroger parking area, Dover Crossing Road, Clarksville; ∼35 miles to trail head. (Clarksville)

Sep 30. Big South Fork Hike.  Cindy Whitt will be leading ..More.. Big South Fork Hike.  Cindy Whitt will be leading a hike for anyone who wants to join her for a day hike at Pickett State Park on Saturday, September 30.  The hike will depend on the weather circumstances the week prior to the hike.  If there has been a lot of rain, then any river hikes would not be considered because of risky hiking through water.  We will meet at 9:30 a.m. at a designated place within Pickett State Park which will also be chosen the week of the hike.If you want to ride to Pickett State Park for that one-day hike, contact Marvin Caine or Jane Coffey and we can meet at the McDonald’s located at the north side of Spring Hill at 6:30 a.m.  It is an approximate three-hour drive. (Columbia/Franklin)

Sep 30. National Public Lands Day .  National Public ..More.. National Public Lands Day .  National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands.  It is a signature event of the National Environmental Education Foundation.   We will celebrate by volunteering to work on the trails at either Short Springs State Natural Area in Tullahoma or South Cumberland State Park.  The fifth Saturday of the month is the day our Chapter works on trails at Short Springs.  But since it is also National Public Lands Day, we have the option of helping out at South Cumberland State Park.  If you want to volunteer at Short Springs State Natural Area in Tullahoma meet us at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot, 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to let her know you plan to come.    If you plan to help at South Cumberland State Park please contact Naullain Kendrick at naullain@hotmail.com. (Highland Rim)

Sep 30. Lucius Burch Natural Area Meet at 9:30 a.m. in ..More.. Lucius Burch Natural Area Meet at 9:30 a.m. in Germantown Road Parking lot adjacent to the Wolf River.  Hike leaves at 9:30 a.m. for a 6-7 mile hike on the White/Blue/Yellow Trails.  Bring water and snack. Rain will cancel hike.   (Memphis)

Sep 30. National Public Lands Day - Trail Building at Edgar ..More.. National Public Lands Day - Trail Building at Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point. 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Observe National Public Lands Day by helping build a new ½ mile Hillside Story Book Trail near the Interpretive Center. This trail will stimulate interest in hiking and reading for young children and their parents. Contact Fount Bertram for information and to sign-up.  (Murfreesboro)

Sep 30. National Public Lands Day. Barfield Crescent ..More.. National Public Lands Day. Barfield Crescent Park, Murfreesboro. Come join us for trail maintenance from 8:00 am to 11:00. Meet in front of the Barfield Park Wilderness Station. Bring gloves, sturdy shoes, snack and water.  (Murfreesboro)

Sep 30. Sewanee Perimeter Loop, Sewanee, TN: 9 miles: Rated ..More.. Sewanee Perimeter Loop, Sewanee, TN: 9 miles: Rated Moderate to Difficult (due to distance and elevation changes). We will start at Greens View and hike counter-clockwise to a nice overlook before across the plateau on a forest road that passes by the equestrian center.  On the other side of the plateau, we’ll hike down to Bridalveil Falls and then across to the War Memorial at University View.  From there, we walk across the University campus back to the start.  Bring lunch/snacks, water. good hiking boots, and clothing appropriate to the weather.  Option: Shenanagin’s for post-hike nourishment. Meeting Place: Conn’s HomePlus (formerly Target): 5330 Cane Ridge Road, Antioch TN 37013. Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (Should be at trailhead around 9:30 AM). (Nashville)

Sep 30. Cumberland Gap Overnight. Hike Sand Cave and White ..More.. Cumberland Gap Overnight. Hike Sand Cave and White Rocks via Ewing Trail is a 8.9 mile loop trail located near Ewing, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. Trail is 8.9 mile loop with 2611’ elevation gain. If interested in trip but not the hike you can reserve a guided hike to Gap cave for $8 or $4 if you have a golden pass; 1 tour per pass. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/virginia/ewing-trail-sand-cave-white-rocks.Hike Chadwell Gap trail to Ridge Trail to Hensley Settlement.The settlement gets its name from a Kentucky man named Sherman Hensley, who in 1903 moved with his young wife to the top of Cumberland Mountain to eke out a living away from the encroaching world of telephones and automobiles. It is approximately 8 mile hike with 2385’ elevation gain. If interested in the settlement but don’t want to hike, you can reserve a Ranger Guided Hensley Settlement tour for $10 ($5 if you have a Golden Pass; 1 tour per pass). The ranger drives 10 passenger van up the Shillalah Creek trail (a steep gravel road) to the settlement. See the profile on the map at:https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/chadwell-gap-to-hensley-settlement--2 Hotels: Plateau Chapter members are staying in Sleep Inn, Middlesboro, KY.  Othere hotels are Holliday Inn, Middlesboro, KY or Cumberland Gap Inn in Cumberland Gap, KY.  Cumbereland Gap National Historic Park also has a campground.  Depart from Vanity Fair west parking lot at 7:30am. Carpool cost is $10. Pack water, snacks and lunches.  (Plateau)

Sep 30. Retro Hughes Road to Immodium Falls and back.  ..More.. Retro Hughes Road to Immodium Falls and back.  Approximately 6 miles.  Slightly strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m. (Soddy Daisy)

Oct 1. Sunday October 1 Chattanooga Bike ride - Gary Kimbrell ..More.. Sunday October 1 Chattanooga Bike ride - Gary Kimbrell and Steve Watson. We will meet at 8:30 a.m. Central Time (9:30 a.m. Eastern Time) at the Chattanooga Bike Share station near the Hubert Fry Center in the Tennessee RiverPark. The address to the Hubert Fry Center is: Tennessee RiverPark, 4301 Amnicola Hwy, Chattanooga, TN 37406. We will ride our bikes to the Chickamauga Dam, then west along the Tennessee River to the Walnut Street Bridge (pedestrian bridge). We will cross the bridge and eat lunch at Subway near Coolidge Park. We will go back across the bridge and continue peddling west on a new section of the greenway. You may bring your own bike, or using your credit card, rent a bike from the Chattanooga Bike transit system. Please Google Chattanooga Bike transit system, and familiarize yourself with how it works. I peddled from 8:30 am to 3pm last Sunday using one of their bikes for $73.00.  If you check the bike in every 45 minutes, you can re-check another one out, or the same one, at no extra charge.  That might be a hassle though.  You may bring your own bike. It would be a good idea to wear a bike helmet, if you have one. The route does have a few hills, but is mostly flat. Please text or e-mail Gary Kimbrell @ 931.215.9520 or garykimbrell1@gmail.com to register. (Upper Cumberland)

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