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Sep 25. Hghland Rim

Sep 26. Nashville

Oct 7. Plateau

Oct 13. TTA

Oct 13. Clarksville

7-day Hike Schedule

Sep 22. Camping and kayaking on Center Hill Lake and Caney ..More.. Camping and kayaking on Center Hill Lake and Caney Fork River Weekend.   Camping at Ragland Bottom Campground, eight miles east of Smithville, TN off US-70 East.  We have reserved three gorgeous premium tent campsites along the shore of Center Hill Lake:  #27, #28, #29  Each site has electricity, water, shade and lake views. Beautiful lakeside RV sites are available as well as additional tent sites for others to reserve.  Campground has flush toilets, sinks and hot showers.   Kayaking on Center Hill Lake.  Campground has a boat ramp and covered picnic pavilion.   Swimming in Center Hill Lake at a sandy beach.  Saturday morning we will float the Caney Fork River.  We will put in below Center Hill Dam and take out at Betty’s Island, 8.7 miles.   Ragland Bottom Campground is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facility.  It is clean, well maintained and beautiful.    Please contact Joan Hartvigsen early if interested in staying in campsite #27 or #28.    Also, contact Joan if interested in the Saturday Caney Fork Float.  Joan’s email jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. (Highland Rim)

Sep 23. South Cumberland State Park, Fiery Gizzard Trail to ..More.. South Cumberland State Park, Fiery Gizzard Trail to Foster Falls, 13 miles, difficult; meet 6:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼131 miles to trail head. (Clarksville)

Sep 23. Seven Islands State Birding Park.  This hike ..More.. Seven Islands State Birding Park.  This hike is Tennessee’s newest park.  It is a 416 acre park that was established in the 1990’s by private donors and jointly managed as Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge by a local foundation and Knox County.  In the fall of 2013, it was designated as a state park effective Septemer 2013 with the grand opening July 2014.  The park, on former farmland, includes the Kelly Bend peninsula along the Fench Broad River.  Habitats include wooded hills, an intermittent stream, and several fields being restored to native warm-season grasses.  More than 10 species of birds have been sighted in the park.  There is little detailed information about the park.  I have hiked the park several times and it seems to me the outside loop is something over five miles, see the map.  According to the Sierra Club there are about 6 miles of natural trails.  The views are great,  you can see the Smoky Mountains and Mount LeConte.  This is a hike that almost anyone can do so join us.  We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, other appropriate clothing, a snack, something to drink and a camera.  We will meet in the Baptist Church of Bearden parking lot for car-pooling, leaving at 8:30 am ET and stopping at the Cracker Barrel at Strawberry Plains Pike and leaving at 9:00 am ET for those who would prefer to meet there. Be sure to bring $$$ for car pooling. For specific information about the hike please call Tom Cressler. (East Tennessee)

Sep 23. Caney Fork River Float, 8.7 miles.  Put in below ..More.. Caney Fork River Float, 8.7 miles.  Put in below Center Hill Dam.  Take out at Betty’s Island.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen for more information no later than September 21.   Joan’s email:  jhartvigs@comcast.net. phone 931-962-0811.   Kayaks and canoes may be rented at Canoe the Caney, 1-800-579-7893, 17055 Smithville Highway, Silver Point, TN.  Reservations recommended. (Highland Rim)

Sep 23. Booker T. Washington.  Approximately 4 miles.  ..More.. Booker T. Washington.  Approximately 4 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 8 a.m. (Soddy Daisy)

Sep 23. September 23 - The Garden Spot, Frozen Head State ..More.. September 23 - The Garden Spot, Frozen Head State Park - 12.5 Miles We will begin our hike at Big Cove camp ground following the Lookout Tower Trail until it meets the Cumberland Trail (mile 2.8), where we will continue on to Bald Knob (mile 3.3).  Following the Cumberland Trail/North Boundary Trail, we will pass "Son of a Bitch Ditch" before reaching the western end of a series of coal ponds and a junction with Coffin Springs Trail (mile 4.7). Continuing along the Cumberland Trail, we will reach an old dirt road that runs into a gravel road at the north end of the Garden Spot, a large flat summit (mile 5.9). From here, we will return to the Coffin Springs Trail junction (mile 6.1). Taking Coffin Springs Trail, we will pass Coffin Springs and the Coffin Springs campsite before rejoining the Lookout Tower Trail (mile 7.2). Proceeding along Lookout Tower Trail, we will make our way to the Panther Gap junction (mile 8.6), where those who wish can to take a short side trail to see Panther Gap Rockhouse. From the Panther Gap junction, our trail continues on the South Old Mac trail junction (mile 9.2). Anyone wanting to see the Lookout Tower can proceed up to the tallest point in Frozen Head State Park for an excellent views of the surrounding areas. From here, we will make our way down South Old Mac Trail to the parking lot (mile 12.5). Those wanting a shorter hike may be interested in taking the Bird Mountain Loop from the Lookout Tower Trail (7.2 mile) or remaining on the Lookout Tower Trail, by passing the North Boundary Trail and the Garden spot (9.5 miles).This hike is rated strenuous. Bring hiking boots, snacks, water, and lunch. You can meet us in the JCPenney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 7:00 am CT, or at the trailhead at approximately 8:45 am CT. For information and to register contact Jeff Graves at jagraves21@students.tntech.edu. (Upper Cumberland)

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)

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