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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Jul 26, 2016 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** July 2016 **  

7/25
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5:00 p.m. Las Trojas Mexican Restaurant, 1905 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma, near Kroger.  Meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Marjorie Collier, member of the Historic Preservation Society of Tullahoma, will present the program “Up and Down the Dixie Highway”.   

Naullain Kendrick
naullain@hotmail.com

7/26
Tue

Nashville

July 26 - Monthly Meeting. Tennessee has a fine variety of hiking trails in varied terrain, from the intriguing lowlands of the Mississippi coastal plain to the rugged hills and mountains of Big South Fork, the South Cumberlands and the Smokies. One major reason for this diversity is Tennessee’s geology. The landforms that hold us up also hold fascinating history and prehistory. There’s no one better to tell us about our state’s geological story than our State Geologist - Ron Zurawski. Bring friends! 

 

Doug Burroughs:615-587-0085
Nora Beck: 615-517-6486

7/26
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Raccoon Mountain.  Approximately 4 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 8 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3619

7/30
Sat

Clarksville

 ‘Cooling at the Cave’; Dunbar Cave State Natural Area, Clarksville; Music, Board Games, Fellowship, Refreshments; 3:00 P.M. CT until 6:00 P.M.   

 

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

7/30
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs Work Day.  We will continue work on steps on Machine Falls Loop Trail near the junction with Adams Falls Trail.  We will also paint blazes on trees on the Laurel Bluff Trail.  Contact Tom Hartvigsen thartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to let him know you can help.

Tom Hartvigsen
thartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

7/30
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Prentice Cooper.  Approximately 10 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 8 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3619

7/30
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Siler’s Bald, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The hike will include a section of the AT from Clingman’s Dome parking lot to Siler’s Bald. The hike is 9 1/2 miles and is rated moderate to strenuous. For infomation and to register contact Richard Savage. 

Richard Savage
931.526.2035
savage_richard@hotmail.com 

7/31
Sun

Murfreesboro

Montgomery Bell State Park Sunday Morning Hike. Southwest Loop. 6.9 miles rated moderated. This beautiful state park is located near Dickson. We’ll see the natural beauty of Hall Spring, Lake Woodhaven and Creech Hollow Lake. Pack lunch, snacks and plenty of water. This loop hike has plenty of places to stop, linger and enjoy nature and history of the area.

Sara Pollard
sarabpollard@gmail.com
615-714-3610

    ** August 2016 **  

8/1
Mon

Soddy Daisy

No scheduled hikes for August

8/2
Tue

Columbia/ Franklin

We have scheduled this meeting as a planning meeting for the remaining portion of 2016.  A calendar will be sent to all of the members (and to those even remotely interested) so please bring all of your ideas with you to this meeting.

Carolyn Watson is president and will be conducting the meeting.  We hope to see you all with your brilliant ideas for hikes when the weather becomes more pleasant.

8/2
Tue

Columbia/ Franklin

The meeting will be held at The Grand Buffet at 5228 Main Street, Spring Hill.  Chowing down starts at 6:00 p.m. with good food and good company, and the meeting itself will start at 7:00 p.m. The meeting on August 2nd will be a planning meeting for the second half of 2016.  Please plan to bring your ideas to the meeting for both meeting programs and hiking schedules.  A template for the hikes will be sent via email by Jane Coffey (chapter hiking coordinator).

Any chapter hikes for August will be input after the meeting.

Carolyn Watson - President
watsoncrt@yahoo.com

8/6
Sat

Clarksville

Kohl’s Trail Head to Percy Priest Dam and back, 5.8 miles; meet 8;00 A.M. CT, I24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ~ 42 miles to trail head.

 

Suva Bastin 931-645-2849

8/6
Sat

Highland Rim

 Sewanee Perimeter Trail,  Sewanee.  Twenty miles.  Strenuous.  Marietta Poteet will lead a twenty mile hike on the Sewanee Perimeter Trail beginning at Green’s View.  For those who missed hiking the twenty mile Sewanee Perimeter trail with Michael in April or just want to whip out a twenty mile trail, please join Marietta.  Please call Marietta at 931-924-7666 or email at nannietta@blomand.net.   Bring a lot of water, snacks and lunch.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.

Marietta Poteet
931-924-7666
nannietta@blomand.net

8/6
Sat

Murfreesboro

Barfield Crescent Park Trail Work. Meet at 10:00 am at the Barfield Park Wilderness Station to do trail maintenance. Bring work gloves, hand clippers or loppers. Also pack a snack and plenty of water. We plan to work until 11:00 am.

Sara Pollard
sarabpollard@gmail.com
615-714-3610

8/7
Sun

Nashville

Beaman Park, Joelton TN. 6 miles. Moderate.  Come hike the lovely hills and dales of Beaman Park. Nestled in the northwest corner of Davidson County, the area was once know as Paradise Ridge, named for the Paradise brothers. It has morphed from a homesteading and moonshining area, to a hunting preserve, to what it is today; a wild and rugged Metro Park, where opportunities to enjoy nature abound. Come experience the solitude and serenity while hiking the forested slopes of Beaman Park. Bring water, snacks and wear hiking boots.  Meet at the Nature Center at 8:00 am CT. 

Linda Latter at 615-419- 4845, lindaalatter@yahoo.com.

8/9
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Meeting. 7:00 pm. Guest speaker is Dr. Stephen Wright of the MTSU Biology Department. His primary research interests relate to Lyme disease, southern tick-associated rash illness and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. His presentation will include what is currently known about the epidemiology of the Zika virus that has received a great deal of attention lately. 

Sara Pollard
sarabpollard@gmail.com
615-714-3610

8/11
Thu

Plateau

Chapter Meeting. 6:00 PM.  Program: Jacob Inman will present the Cumberland Trail Maintainer Program.   First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville.  Dinner at Gondola’s Restaurant, Woodmere Mall, Crossville at 4:45 pm CT.  

Contact Chapter Chair, Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7436 for additional information.   

8/13
Sat

Clarksville

Discovery Park of America, It is a museum in Union City, TN; admission ages: 4 to 12 $10.95, ages 13-64 $13.95, ages 65+ $11.95; meet 7;00 A.M. CT, at Kroger Parking Area, Dover Crossing Rd., Clarksville ~ 107 miles to trail head.

 

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

8/13
Sat

East Tennessee

Virgin Falls - Virgin Falls is a Tennessee Natural Area which was purchased from private landowners by the State in 2012.  The hike is 8.2 miles and if we decide to take two side trails the total distance would be 9.5 miles.  Unlike most trails we hike this one goes down first and then up for the return.  There is about a 700 foot elevation loss from the parking lot to just below the falls, about 4.25 miles, and that has to be regained going back.  Due to the length and elevation gain/loss the hike is rated as moderate.  Because of the distance we will meet earlier than normal.  We will meet in the Bearden Central Baptist Church parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 7:30 am stopping in Oak Ridge at the American Museum of Science & Energy, 300 Tulane Ave, and meeting in the parking lot nearest Illinois Ave.  We will leave there at 8:00 am for those who would prefer to meet there.  We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, other weather appropriate clothing, a snack, a drink and a camera. We recommend that riders in a carpool pay the driver 8 cents for each mile. Round trip distance from Knoxville is 210 miles ($.08 x 210 = $16.80). From the AMSE, 170 miles ($.08 x 170 = $13.60).  After the hike plan on stopping on the way back for a meal and refreshments.  For specific information about the hike please call Tom Cressler.

Tom Cressler
974-4422 or leave a message at 588-5622
cressler@utk.edu

Please contact before August 12th.

8/13
Sat

Highland Rim

Greeter Falls Loop/Greeter Trail plus a swim in the Blue Hole.  South Cumberland State Park, Altamont, TN.  3 miles.  Moderate because of a boulder field.  This trail combination features upper and lower Greeter Falls and Boardtree Falls and a walk to one of the best views in the natural area, Big Bluffs Overlook.  This overlook provides an open view down Big Creek Gulf.  Bring water and lunch.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Wear your swimsuit for getting wet at Greeter Falls and swimming in cool, refreshing, clear Blue Hole.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen for carpool information, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

8/13
Sat

Nashville

Warner Parks, Nashville, TN: 3 trails, total of 9 miles. Rated moderate to strenuous. Meet at Warner Park Nature Center, first hike Harpeth Woods trail (2.5 miles), next Cane Connector Trail (1 mile), then Mossy Ridge Trail (4.5 miles) and last, Cane Connector back to Nature Center (1 mile).  

Betty Magee, (615) 319-5394 or e-mail: monetfan455@yahoo.com.

 

8/16
Tue

Clarksville

Monthly Chapter Meeting, 6 P.M. CT Crow Community Center, 211 Richview Rd. Clarksville.

Ken Johnson 865- 803-4371

8/19-
8/21

Highland Rim

Devils Step Island Camping and Kayaking to Maple Ben Island and down Owl Hollow Creek.  Tims Ford Lake, Winchester, TN.   Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  We will camp on Devils Step Island Friday and Saturday.  Those who are not camping can meet us at 8:00 a.m. CT on the shore of Devils Step Island.  We will paddle to Maple Bend Island for a rest and a snack then down Owl Hollow Creek.  We will have lunch on Maple Bend Island before returning to Devils Step Island.  The Park allows only six campers on an island. Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to reserve a place on Devils Step Island.  If there are more folks wishing to camp on an island there is the option of also reserving Maple Bend Island for the August 19-21 weekend.  Or you can acquire a campsite at Fairview Campground, located near Devils Step Island.  To reserve your own campsite at Fairview Campground or to reserve Maple Bend Island call Tims Ford State Park, 931-962-1183 .  Camping is free on Maple Bend Island but you are required to go to the Tims Ford State Park Visitor Center during business hours to register and purchase a map of Tims Ford Lake.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

8/19-
8/21

Murfreesboro

Tims Ford Lake Camping and Kayaking. Joint activity with the Highland Rim chapter. We will camp on Devils Step Island Friday and Saturday. Those not camping can meet us at 8:00 am CT on the shore of Devils Step Island. We will paddle to Owl Hollow Creek and have lunch on Maple Bend Island.  Space is limited for camping on Devils Step Island so you must sign up for camping as soon as possible. 

Sara Pollard
sarabpollard@gmail.com
615-714-3610

8/20
Sat

Clarksville

Garden of the Gods trip: 3 stops and a free ferry ride across the Ohio River; 1) Cave in Rock 0.25 mile, moderate; 2) Rim Rock Trail 0.5 mile, moderate; 3) Garden of the Gods, 0.5 mile, easy to difficult; meet 7;00 A.M. CT, at Kroger Parking Area, Dover Crossing Rd., Clarksville ~ 148 miles to Cave in Rock plus 24 miles to Garden of the Gods.

 

Bob Lyon 931-648 2354

8/20
Sat

Plateau

Parch Corn Creek, Big South Fork, Oneida, KY.  7.1 mile difficult hike.  We will join a park ranger at the end of Duncan Hollow Road at 9:00 a.m. (ET) for a hike to Parch Corn Creek. We’ll talk about wild boar destruction to our natural resources, visit the grave site of an early settler, have lunch at an old home site on Parch Corn Creek, and end our hike on the John Muir Trail back to where we started. Bring water, snacks, lunch, bug spray, and wear comfortable shoes for hiking.  Depart from Cracker Barrell off of I-40 Exit 317 at 6:30 AM CT.  Carpool $5.  

Contact Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7436 to carpool from Crossville.  

8/22
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5:00 p.m.  Applebee’s, 1957 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma.   Meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N.  Collins Street, Tullahoma.   Jake Kendrick will present a program on his yearlong hiking adventures in Australia.  One of the featured hikes is the Overland Track situated in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania.  The track winds through terrain ranging from sheer mountains, temperate rainforest, wild rivers and alpine plains all in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Naullain Kendrick
naullain@hotmail.com

8/23
Tue

Nashville

August 23 - Monthly meeting. This is our annual Show and Tell meeting where we share photos and anecdotes from our own hikes and adventures.If you have some photos to show, please pitch in - this program has featured travel and hiking exploits from all over Tennessee, the US and the world. This is a great time to get inspired with fall’s cooler temperatures just ahead to tempt you out on the trails. Bring your photos on a flash drive (preferred) or CD, and please let our program chairman Nora Beck know your intentions so she can put you in the queue and make sure all presenters have a fair amount of time.  

 

 

 

Nora can be reached at 615-517=-6486 or norellibee@gmail.com

 

8/26-
8/28

Highland Rim

Hiwassee Kayaking, Ocoee Whitewater Rafting,  Lower Ocoee Flatwater Kayaking and Camping Weekend.   Camp at Gee Creek Campground, Campsite G6 August 26 and 27, Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Delano, TN.  Friday, August 26 at 3:00 p.m. ET we will depart Gee Creek Campsite G6  for a Hiwassee River float from the Reliance Bridge to the Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park boat ramp.   Saturday August 27 is Ocoee Whitewater Rafting.  Folks who do not enjoy whitewater can hike in Cherokee National Forest   Potential hikes are the Oswald Dome Trail near Reliance, TN, Big Frog Wilderness Hike near Ocoee Dam #3 and the Old Copper Road Trail which begins at the Ocoee Whitewater Center.  Sunday we will use our own kayaks to paddle the lower, “quieter” section of the Ocoee.   We will put in at Sugarloaf Boat launch below Ocoee Dam #1 (Parksville Lake Dam).   The takeout ramp is on the Hiwassee a few hundred yards upstream of the confluence of the Ocoee and Hiwassee Rivers.  The Sunday float is about six hours.   Contact Naullain  if you need to borrow a kayak.   Contact Joan Hartvigsen soon to reserve space at the campsite, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 and to inquire about the Saturday hike. Contact Naullain Kendrick soon to reserve a spot for whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River on August 27,  naullain@hotmail.com.  Friday evening we will share a potluck dinner at the campsite.  Saturday evening we will eat at a restaurant.

Naullain Kendrick, Ocoee Whitewater Rafting Reservations, borrow kayak
naullain@hotmail.com
931-224-6225
Joan Hartvigsen, Camping Reservation, hike information
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

8/27
Sat

Clarksville

Short Mountain Distillery, must be 21+ years old; tours are $10 and include a moonshine tasting shot glass; meet 7;00 A.M. CT, I24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ~ 196 miles to trail head.

 

 J.R. Tate 931-378-6559

8/27
Sat

Murfreesboro

Rock Island State Park. Plan to hike a 3 mile trail and then a 1.6 mile lollypop trail. Rated strenuous at points due to elevation. Swimming is available at some points if you want to wade in. Wear good hiking shoes and bring a snack and water.

Jennifer Zahn
jenzahn@gmail.com
615-943-8853

8/27
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Chapter Planning Meeting and cookout: Bring a list of hikes that you are interested in leading.  The hike coordinator position is open, be prepared to nominate someone for this position. E-mail or call Kathleen for information and to register. 

Kathleen Sullivan
katsully4@gmail.com
931.284.7822

    ** September 2016 **  

9/4
Sun

Nashville

Volunteer Trail, Long Hunter State Park, Mt. Juliet TN.  11.5  miles RT. this is an in and out trail, rated Moderate. The longest trail at Long Hunter follows the shore of Percy Priest Lake for most of its run and leads to a pair of primitive backcountry camping sites. Various species of shorebirds, ducks and geese are heard and seen frequently along this route. Though most of Long Hunter’s trails are relatively flat, this trail has a slight increase in elevation as it leaves the shore and climbs up the bluffs overlooking the lake. Rocky jumbles, mossy hillsides, scenic lake views, majestic trees and abundant spring wildflowers are common sights along the trail. This area is home to a variety of mammals, including red fox, bobcat and deer.   

Linda Latter for more information and to register. 615-419- 4845, lindaalatter@yahoo.com.

9/17
Sat

Jackson

Annual cookout (and hike)

9/17
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Stone Door, Big Creek Rim, Greeter, and Laurel Trails, Savage Gulf, Beersheba Springs, TN. We will hike to Stone Door, follow the Big Creek Rim Trail to Alum Gap, and then use the Greeter Trail to reach Upper and Lower Boardtree Falls and Upper and Lower Greeter Falls. Returning to Alum Gap we will use the Laurel Trail to return to the beginning. Hike is 9.5 miles and rated easy. To register contact Richard Savage. 

Richard Savage
931.526.2035
savage_richard@hotmail.com 

9/23-
9/25

Highland Rim

Nantahala Whitewater Rafting, Camping at Deep Creek Campground in  Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Hiking in the GSMNP, Bryson City, North Carolina.  We have reserved Group Campsite 201 at Deep Creek Campground.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen early to reserve a spot in Campsite 201, which is fully shaded and next to Deep Creek.  Joan’s email jhartvigs@comcast.net, phone 931-962-0811.  Friday after we set up camp we will hike Deep Creek, Indian Creek and Loop Trails.  This easy hike is a 4.2 mile loop featuring Tom Branch Falls and Indian Creek Falls.  We will also visit Juney Whank Falls.  After our hike we will share a potluck dinner.  Saturday is whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River.  We are using Nantahala Outdoor Center.  The trip is 8 miles.  A fully-guided rafting trip price is $49.99 and the Intensity rating is beginner.  The rapids are Class II and Class III.  Or there is the option of self guided trips, rated intermediate, previous experience recommended.  Self guided raft is $29.99 per person and self guided Duck (Inflatable Kayak) is $34.99 per person.   Please email Sidney Sexton sbsexton11@comcast.net to sign up for whitewater rafting.  Indicate your preference of self guided or fully guided, raft or Duck.  We can eat Saturday lunch at Nantahala Outdoor Center.  Saturday dinner will be at a Bryson City restaurant.  Sunday after we take down our tents we can hike the Goldmine Loop Trail.  This 3.2 mile hike features pioneer homesites, streams and views of Fontana Lake.   Or we can hike the Whiteoak Branch Loop.  This 8.8 mile hike features Fontana Lake, Forney Creek, ridgelines and great views.  Elevation change is 1,250 ft.  Both trailheads are located at the end of the Road to Nowhere (aka Lakeview Drive). 

 

Sidney Sexton, Rafting Reservations
sbsexton11@comcast.net
Joan Hartvigsen, Camping Reservations
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

9/24
Sat

Nashville

Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, TN (on Center Hill Lake). 8 miles.  Moderate. The 5.5 mile Merritt Ridge Trail rises upon the ridges from an intersection along the 2.5 mile, wooded, Jack Clayborn Millennium Trail  (2.5 miles). Merritt Ridge Loop offers spectacular views of the lake and surrounding landscape.  On the Millenum Trail Loop, the remnants of 2 homesteads can be found, as well as several old stone walls. By combining the two trails a hiker can enjoy approximately 8 miles of diverse terrain. Both the Millennium Trail and the Merritt Ridge Trail share the same trail head. 

Nancy Juodenas.  615-319-8811, njlj1011@gmail.com

    ** October 2016 **  

10/7-
10/9

Highland Rim

Ghost River Adventure.   Camping at Chickasaw State Park, Henderson, TN.  Paddling in the Ghost River State Natural Area, near La Grange, TN.  Ghost River State Natural Area is a 2,200 acre section of the Wolf River in Fayette County.  The natural area includes approximately 14 miles of the Wolf River beginning from the parking area near La Grange to just west of Bateman Road Bridge near Moscow, TN.    The Ghost River section of the Wolf meanders through bottomland hardwood forests, cypress-tupelo swamps, and open marshes.  Some of the most impressive trees are large oaks that include cherrybark, water, willow, and swamp chestnut.  The Ghost River provides excellent habitat for rare aquatic organisms and unique opportunities for observing birds and other wildlife.  The paddle is 9 miles and should take about 6 hours. Sunday morning we will visit nearby Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park.   Contact Naullain Kendrick at naullain@hotmail.com early to reserve space in one of the campsites.

Naullain Kendrick
naullain@hotmail.com
931-224-6225

10/21-
10/23

Nashville

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Robbinsville, NC. Rattler Ford Group Camp. We are planning a weekend of  hiking, camping, campfires and fun. This Group Camp is huge and even has a bath house with hot showers. Make room on their calendars for this fall event. The tree color should be at its height and the weather should be cool.  All chapters welcome!!!

 

Nancy Juodenas, njlj1011@gmail.com or Gloria DaleWilliams, gdw12@comcast.com for more information.

10/28-
10/30

TTA

2016 Annual Meeting
Pickwick Landing SP

Hosted by Memphis Chapter

    ** November 2016 **  

11/6
Sun

TTA

Daylight Savings Time Ends.

11/12
Sat

Highland Rim

Blue Beaver Trail up Lookout Mountain to top of Point Park.  Chattanooga, TN.  Beginning from the southern end of Reflection Riding, the hike is 5.5 miles one way.  Elevation change of 1,500 ft.  Car shuttle required.  We will meet at the Monteagle Elementary School to form a carpool.  After the hike we will have dinner in Chattanooga.  Contact Naullain Kendrick at naullain@hotmail.com to register.  The trail’s name refers to Union Soldiers (wearing blue uniforms) cutting down trees as they hiked up Lookout Mountain during the Civil War.

Naullain Kendrick
naullain@hotmail.com