Who are we?


The Tennessee Trails Association is a non-profit (501c3) organization, founded in 1968, whose mission is to promote the development of a state wide system of hiking trails.

Throughout the year, TTA members enjoy the many hiking opportunities afforded by the hundreds of miles of Tennessee Trails. You can do the same. If you like to hike, or think you would, check out our calendar and come hike with us!

Many TTA members also volunteer their time and energy to build and maintain trails on both public and private land throughout Tennessee. If you would like to be a part of this great effort, check out our volunteer opportunities and come work with us!

For more information, e-mail your name and complete mailing address to our membership director, or send by regular mail to:

Tennessee Trails Association
P.O. Box 41446
Nashville, TN 37204-1446

Or, call our toll-free information request line at




and leave your name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number.


5-week Meeting Schedule

Sep 23. Highland Rim

Sep 24. Nashville

Sep 28. Jackson

Oct 7. Jackson

Oct 10. Plateau

8-day Hike Schedule

Aug 31. (Plateau)

Sep 1.
Sep 4, Wednesday – Big South Fork, Laurel ..More.. Sep 4, Wednesday – Big South Fork, Laurel Fork Creek Trail, Jamestown, TN.   Long hike: This an easy to moderate 7 mile in/out hike starting from the Jack’s Ridge Loop Trailhead then East on Laurel Fork Creek Trail and return.  Short hike: Hikers may stop anywhere along the creek to wait for the other hikers to return or head back to the trailhead.  In case the creek is high, bring water shoes because we will crisscross the creek a few times.  Also bring water, lunch and snacks. Depart 7:30 pAM CDST from the Crossville Cracker Barrel.  Carpool cost is $6. For additional information, contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or  text/call 931-267-2243. Sep 7 – Saturday –Pickett State Park, Jamestown, TN - Pogue Creek, Jamestown, TN.  This will be a 6.6 mile moderate hike in Pogue Creek Gorge to the Pickett SP picnic area which will require a car shuttle.  Features include rock houses, rock bluffs and an overlook. Depart 8am from Crossville Cracker Barrel. Carpool cost is $5.  For additional information, contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243. Sep 11 – Wednesday –Daniel Boone National Forest, KY-  Split Bow Arch, Bear Creek Ovelook, Big Shoals.  This will be a moderate 7 miles in/out.  After seeing the arch and overlook we’ll hike along the Kentucky Wild River to Big Shoals and return.  Depart 7:30 am CDST from The Crossville Vanity Fair Outlet Mall West parking lot on Interstate Drive. Carpool cost is $10.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch. For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243. Sep 12, Thurs – Plateau Fall Picnic at Meadow Park Lake.  Hike Soldier Beach Trail at 4pm with picnic starting at 5pm at the marina pavilion.  The grill will be hot and ready to grill your favorite meat or veggies. Also bring a dish to share and BYOB.  Plates, plastic ware and napkins will be provided. Contact Carol Q if you have any questions at 787-9083 or Chapter Chair, Bruce Whitehead, 941-716-3620 or email plateau@tennesseetrails.org Sep 18, Wednesday –CT Laurel Falls, Dayton, TN.  We will hike the trail to beautiful Laurel Falls (past an old coal mine and over some small streams on bridges) to several options of your choice:  2.1 miles one-way on CT to 150-foot bridge; Laurel Falls spur 2.4 miles one-way; Bryan overlook is 3.3 miles one-wayThere are some short strenuous portions uphill. Depart from Trinity Tabernacle Church at 7:30 am CT. Carpool cost $6.  For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Howard Owen 931-484-1328 email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org. Sep 25, Wednesday –  Big South Fork, Honey Creek, near Rugby, TN.  Wednesday’s hike will be Honey Creek. We’ll pick a 4 or 6 mi version depending on how hot it is and the group’s energy. The footing is significantly more difficult than our typical hike so either the 4 or 6 mi hike will be a good work out. Also a portion of the hike is in a creek bed, so if we get a bunch of rain in the next couple days, we’ll pick another Big South Fork hike. A hundred yards or so of the creek bed is insanely slippery and must be hiked w/ extreme care. Meet at Crackerbarrel’s rear parking lot at 6:45. Figure $6 for gas.  For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, text/call 931-267-2243 or email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org. Sep 27-29 Fall Weekend Getaway  – We will travel to Winchester , Kentucky with hiking in the Red river Gorge.   Friday - 5 mile loop in the Natural Bridge State Park with option of spur trail of 1.5 mi in/out.  Saturday is a 5 mi loop with optional 2.5 mi spur trail to double arches. Sunday will be a short hike before heading home. Please contact Cheryl Heckler email thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7436 no later than 15 Aug if you intend to go so motel reservations can be made.  

Sep 20. (Highland Rim)

Sep 21. (Clarksville)

Sep 21. (East Tennessee)

Sep 21. (Jackson)

Sep 21. (Murfreesboro)

Sep 21. (Soddy Daisy)

Sep 21. (Sumner Trails)

Sep 24. (Soddy Daisy)

Sep 25. (Sumner Trails)

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