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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Aug 03, 2015 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** August 2015 **  

8/1
Sat

Clarksville

Beaman Park, Highland Trail, 5.8 miles, moderate; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, Madison Street Kmart parking lot; ∼32 miles to trail head.

 

Lili Ball 931-552-2773

8/1
Sat

Highland Rim

 Foster Falls to Grundy Forest Trailhead on Fiery Gizzard Trail, Tracy City, TN.  13 miles.  Moderate but difficult in places.  Marietta Poteet will lead a joint hike with the Friends of South Cumberland State Park Waterfall Challenge and Tennessee Trails Association.  The waterfalls are Foster Falls and Adams Falls.  We will hike the entire length of Fiery Gizzard Trail from Foster Falls to the Grundy Forest trailhead in Tracy City.  This hike is difficult because of the thirteen miles and the rocky descent/ascent through Laurel Gorge.  This beautiful hike features several waterfalls and many overlooks all along the trail.  This is a shuttle hike so we will meet at the Grundy Forest trailhead in Tracy City, leave cars there and shuttle to the Foster Falls parking lot to begin our hike.  Be at the Grundy Forest trailhead by 9:00 a.m. CT.  Please wear good hiking boots and bring hiking poles, a light, snacks, lunch and plenty of water for this all day hike.  Please register for this hike by calling Marietta at 931-924-7666 or email nannietta@blomand.net.

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

8/1-
8/2

Murfreesboro

Backpack Fiery Gizzard - 12.5 Miles - Difficult.  The first part of the trail to Ravens Point is very difficult, but there’s the option to take the Dog Hole trail and rendezvous at the junction. The next part is fairly easy until we reach Laurel Gorge. The trail drops into a deep tributary of Little Gizzard Creek. Then we make the steep climb up to Small Wild at 10.3 miles where we will camp. The next morning, we will hike 2.2 miles to the Foster Falls parking area. A shuttle set up will be necessary. 

Andy Meeks
813-447-1224
Wayne Yancey
615-887-0272

8/1
Sat

Nashville

Beaman Park, Joelton, TN.  3.5 miles. easy.  We will meet at the Nature Center on Old Hickory Blvd and hike an easy 2.7 miles on the Sedge Trail and Henry Hollow Loop.  Upon reaching the creek at the end of the loop we will do a "creek hike" up the creek back to the Sedge Trail for another .7 miles and return to the Nature Center.  Bring water, snacks, water shoes for wading and a good stick for balance.

Nancy Juodenas:   615-319-8811, njlj1011@gmail.com   NOTE:  use new temporary phone # 615-439-0562

 

8/1
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Nickajack connector trail.  Approximately 6 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Bi-Lo parking lot in Red Bank at 8 a.m.  There is a $5 parking fee.

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

8/3
Mon

Sumner Trails

Aug 3 - Chapter Meeting - 7PM CT at The Rudder Restaurant located at Anchor High Marina, 128 River Road in Hendersonville.  Come join us for tall tales of summer hikes and planning adventures to come.  Dutch treat, lakeside dining and if we are lucky
.a cool evening.  RSVP to Al Ballenger.

Al Ballenger ballallenger@aol.com

8/4
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Mowbray Pike to Sluder Lane.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate to slightly strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

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

8/7-
8/9

Highland Rim

Devils Step Island Camping and kayaking to Maple Bend Island and down Owl Hollow Creek.  Tims Ford Lake.  Winchester, TN.  Option of camping at Fairview Campground, near Devils Step Boat Ramp.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to reserve a spot on the island or Fairview Campground.

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

8/8
Sat

Clarksville

LBL Honker Lake Trail, 5 miles, moderate; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, at Kroger parking area, Dover Crossing Road, Clarksville; ∼73 miles to trail head.   

 

Sandy Janus 931- 551-8523

8/8
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Heiss Mountain to Soddy Creek Gulf.  Creek crossing  Approximately 6 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

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

8/8
Sat

Sumner Trails

Aug 8 - Trails at Fontanel, Nashville.  This hike in the woods surrounding the former home of Barbara Mandrell is approximately two miles long, rated easy-moderate, as it does require climbing the hillside.  Under the canopy of trees, this is an ideal hike for hot August weather.  This pet-friendly trail allows dogs on leashes.  After the hike, we will lunch at Cafe Fontanella, located on the grounds of Fontanel.  Meet at 9:00 am CT at the First Presbyterial Church, Hendersonville.  For more information contact Ron and Judy Jenkins.

Ron and Judy Jenkins at judy_Jenkins@comcast.net or call 615-403-0002.

8/11
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Meeting - 7:00 pm. Pat Martin of the Tennessee Bluebird Trails is our guest speaker. 

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

8/11
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Raccoon Mountain.  Approximately 4 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Bi-Lo parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m. 

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

8/13
Thu

Plateau

Chapter meeting, 6 pm - First United Methodist Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville.  Program:  Encourage native plants and stop evasive plants by Dennis Gregg.  Dinner beforehand at La’sCosta at 5 pm.

Cheryl Heckler
thehecklers@charter.net
(931) 200-7436

8/14-
8/16

Highland Rim

Whitewater rafting and camping weekend.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Camping in Gee Creek Campground, Group Campsite G6, Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Delano, TN, August 14 and 15.  Contact Marcia Medford at marciamedford@yahoo.com  or 931-598-5331 to reserve a spot in the Group Campsite G6.  Marietta Poteet has booked an Ocoee River whitewater rafting trip for Saturday, August 15 at 12:00 p.m. ET.  The cost for the whitewater rafting trip is $40.00 per person.  Marietta needs the money and the signed waiver form before the July 24 deadline.  Contact Marietta to obtain the waiver form at nannietta@blomand.net or 931-924-7666.  Marietta’s mailing address is 525 Huckleberry Place, Monteagle, TN  37356.  On Saturday evening we plan to eat at an Etowah restaurant.  On Sunday we are kayaking the Hiwassee River from below the Reliance Bridge to Gee Creek Campground boat ramp.  Bring your own kayak.  Contact Naullain Kendrick to borrow a kayak, naullain@hotmail.com.  This section of the Hiwassee River is Class 1.  There is an option to hike the Benton McKaye Trail along the Hiwassee River on Saturday  instead of Ocoee whitewater rafting.  The hike is six miles, round trip over a level track providing views of one of Tennessee’s prettiest rivers.  Contact Joan Hartigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net, for more information on the hike.

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

Marcia Medford
marciamedford@yahoo.com
931-598-5331

8/14-
8/16

Murfreesboro

Hiwassee River Rafting and Camping. Joint activity with the Highland Rim chapter. Camping at Gee Creek Campground. See Highland Rim’s description to reserve your campsite and make a rafting reservation for Saturday. There’s the option to hike Saturday instead of rafting.  Deadline to sign up is July 24. Contact Sara Pollard for carpool information from Murfreesboro.

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

8/15
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 Road, Clarksville; ∼148 miles to Cave in Rock plus 24 miles to Garden of The Gods.

Bob Lyon 931-648-2354

8/15
Sat

East Tennessee

 Obed Wild & Scenic River - Wartburg, TN.  The Obed Park consists of four streams that have cut into the sandstone of the Cumberland Plateau creating a rugged landscape of wild land and water.  There are spectacular gorges with 400 foot cliffs above the streams, and hugh sandstone boulders dotting the streams for creating large whitewater rapids in the rushing water.  The Obed system is a favorite destination for experienced kayakers and rock climbers.  Join us for a fun short hike to Alley Ford and an afternoon of lazy swimming in the Obed.  The trailhead is located at the Rock Creek Campground adjacent to Nemo.  It is approximately 2.5 miles along the Cumberland Trail , rated easy to moderate.  Wear swimming shorts and bring your water shoes and a noodle or blow-up tube/raft for floating.  Also bring your food and water.  This hike will be cancelled if it is raining or predicted to rain as we will not be near the water if there is a possiblility of lightening.  Pre-registration is required.  We will leave Knoxville  approximately 9:00 am ET.  Contact Sherry Barber for more information.

Sherry Barber
865-209-6189
sherry.kerr.barber@gmail.com

8/15
Sat

Plateau

Whitewater rafting, Hartford, TN. This is a 6.5 mile trip of two hours duration on the Pigeon River. Meet at 8 am CT

Sigrun Brickle
931-787-7267
sigrun.brickle@gmail.com

8/15
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Prentice Cooper parking lot to campground and back.  Approximately 8 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Bi-Lo parking lot in Red Bank at 8 a.m.

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

8/18
Tue

Clarksville

Monthly Chapter Meeting, 6:00 P.M. CT, Crow Center

 

Sandy Janus 931-551-8523

 

8/18
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Harrison Bay State Park.  Approximately 4-1/2 miles.  Easy.  Meet at Target parking lot in Hwy 153 at 9 a.m.

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

8/22
Sat

Clarksville

Red River Canoe Trip; We will float from Adams to Port Royal 6.72 miles; It should take from 3 to 5 hours; $45 per canoe for the first two people, third and fourth in that canoe $10 each additional; meet 8:00 A.M., Port Royal Stat Park parking area, Adams, TN. 

 

Bob Lyon 931-648-2354

8/22
Sat

East Tennessee

Bald River Falls Trail – 10 miles – Moderate due to length. This is an in and out hike. The trail begins in the parking area to the left of the Bald River Falls. The portion leading up to the picnic area at the top of the Falls is paved and well constructed. Once you reach the top of the ridge, the trail levels out and follows the river. Shortly before the turnaround point there is a small waterfall/large cascade, a nice place for lunch.    The total elevation gain is about 500 feet, a gentle hike. Wear sturdy boots, bring water, lunch and money for carpooling. For more information and to register contact Garnett Rush.

Garnett Rush
615-210-0660
rushga01@yahoo.com

8/22
Sat

Highland Rim

Limrock Blowing Cave Preserve.  Between Woodville and Scottsboro, AL.  Meet at 9:30 a.m. CT.  Moderate, upright cave.  Bring three light sources, extra shoes and clothes, water and snacks.  Gloves are recommended. For directions and more information call Joette Carter at 256-776-3551.

Joette Carter
256-776-3551

8/22
Sat

Nashville

Downtown Nashville!  This will be an urban hike of about 6 or 7 miles.
Starting point will be the eastern-side of the Parthenon in Centennial
Park at 8:00 am.  We will hike across town, enjoying a variety of
buildings and sights close up.  We’ll  walk to the Cumberland River
and across the Sigenthaler Bridge, continue past Nissan Field, then
return by a different bridge and route.  We will pass the water
fountains in front of city hall on the way back, a guaranteed
refreshing point!   Hike leader is 

Tom Vickstrom; call or text
615-405-6713.

8/22
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Chickamauga Battlefield.   Approximately 7 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Bi-Lo parking lot in Red Bank at 8 a.m.

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

8/24
Mon

Highland Rim

 Chapter Meeting.  Dinner is 5:00 p.m. CT at Applebee’s, 1957 N. Jackson St., Tullahoma.  Our meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center.  Our program will be announced soon.

Naullain Kendrick
naullain@hotmail.com

8/25
Tue

Nashville

Show and Tell Chapter Meeting.For the seventh year, we’re hosting a meeting presented by – you!  The chapter’s laptop and projector will be available, and you’re encouraged to bring pictures or other visuals from places you’ve hiked – faraway lands, treasures nearby, and adventures in between are all fair game. Thumb drives or CDs will work. While walk-in presenters are welcome, we want to give each person a fair amount of time. Please let Nora Beck in advance of the meeting of your plans to show photos. If you have lots of pictures to show, please plan on putting the ones that are most significant to you at the beginning of your presentation so if there are many show-and-tellers you’ll be able to share at least those. Haven’t been taking pictures? Come on anyway, share the fun, and be inspired to help plan fall hiking adventures as cooler weather approaches.  

Nora at 615-517-6486 or norellibee@gmail.com to get your name on the line-up. 

8/25
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Sterchi Farms.  Approximately 5 miles.  Easy.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 9 a.m.

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

8/29
Sat

Clarksville

Overnight Long Hunter State Park Full Moon Hike and Swim; Volunteer Trail 11 miles out and back, moderate;  meet 8:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼61 miles to trail head.  

      

 

Kathy Robertson 931-216-5797

8/29
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area, Tullahoma.  Work day.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. in parking lot.  Let Joan Hartvigsen know you plan to help. jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  Bring work gloves and pruners or loppers.  Tasks include trimming vegetation off trails, blocking social trails with brush, and clearing fallen trees from trails.  Two chain saws and chain saw operators are needed

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-9620811

8/29
Sat

Nashville

Bledsoe Creek State Park Loop Trail, 4.5 miles, rated moderate. Total distance includes all the little there-and-backs we can take along the way.  This trail basically traces the perimeter of the park and provides views of Old Hickory Lake along much of its length. It combines the outer reaches of four trails: the Shoreline, Birdsong, Big Oak, and High Ridge. You’ll want sturdy shoes, water and snacks. We’ll be hiking in varied terrain that was once good hunting ground for  native American tribes that included the Cherokee, Shawnee, Creek and Chickamauga. We aren’t likely to see wildlife they hunted, but the hike date puts us in the early part of fall bird migration so bring your binoculars. 

Nora Beck, norellibee@gmail.com or 615-517-6486

8/29
Sat

Plateau

Pioneer Loop, Cumberland Mountain State Park, Crossville. A 5 mile easy to moderate hike.

Carolyn Miller
cardan@frontiernet.net
931- 260-6674

8/29
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Oswald Dome.  Approximately 8 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 8 a.m.

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

    ** September 2015 **  

9/5
Sat

Clarksville

No Hike Labor Day

 

9/12
Sat

Clarksville

Stones River Greenway from Wave Country Trailhead to Kohls Trailhead; 4.9 miles, easy, add 0.5 miles if you want to walk across the Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼52 miles to trail head.

 

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

9/15
Tue

Clarksville

Monthly Chapter Meeting, 6:00 P.M. CT, Crow Center

 

Sandy Janus 931- 551-8523

9/19
Sat

Clarksville

Haynes Bottom Wildlife Management Area, 4 miles, easy; Potluck Brunch after the hike; meet 9:00 A.M. at J.R.‘s house, 4713 Chester Harris Rd., Woodlawn, TN

 

J.R.Tate 931-378-6559;

9/25-
9/27

Highland Rim

 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.  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.  Contact Naullain Kendrick at naullain@hotmail.com early to reserve space in one of the campsites. 

 

Naullain Kendrick
naullain@hotmail.com

9/26
Sat

Clarksville

Public Lands Day Project; Clean up LBL N/S Trail between South Welcome Station and Tharp Road, 8 miles, moderate; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, at Kroger parking area, Dover Crossing Road, Clarksville; ∼35 miles to trail head. 

Sandy Janus 931- 551-8523

 

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