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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Apr 16, 2014 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** April 2014 **  

4/22
Tue

Nashville

Chapter meeting - Grassy Cove in Cumberland County is one of the largest sinkholes in North America and is a National Natural Landmark.  A sizable part of the land surface in Grassy Cove overlies the Run to the Mill Cave, which collects the waters that percolate through the soil above it to form the headwaters of the Sequatchie River.  The new Run to the Mill Cave Preserve represents a great collaborative effort, and Brian Krebs will be describing this effort and the work of the Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc.  An avid caver himself, Brian will be accompanied by the first cave explorer of Run to the Mill Cave. Please let your caving friends know about this opportunity to hear about some unique experiences.  Bring them with you! 

4/22
Tue

Soddy Daisy

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

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

4/26
Sat

Clarksville

Hike with another chapter.

N/A

4/26
Sat

East Tennessee

House Mountain - Knox County.  At 2,064 feet, House Mountain is the highest point in Knox County.  The 4-mile loop is rated moderate to strenuous due to rocky terrain and 1,000-foot change in elevation.  We will meet at 10:00 AM EDT in the trailhead parking area.  Wear sturdy boots, bring water and snacks.

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

4/26-
4/27

Highland Rim

Backpacking Trip, Lower Cane Creek Overnight Loop, Fall Creek Falls State Park, Spencer, TN, 12.4 miles, moderate.  Creek crossings, steep descent and ascent, rocky footing.  Linda Hudson will lead us on this beautiful overnight hike into the depths of Cane Creek Gorge where we will camp overnight.   
Highlights of this hike include Piney Creek Falls, Millikans Overlook, Fall Creek Falls and Cane Creek Cascade. Contact Linda Hudson at lyndalehudson@gmail.com or
931-841-0540.

Linda Hudson
lyndalehudson@gmail.com
931-841-0540

4/26
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area Wildflower Hike, 4 miles moderate.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. CDT at the Short Springs State Natural Area Parking Lot, 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma, TN.  Bring water and lunch and wear sturdy hiking shoes.  We will hike all the trails with special emphasis on the Wildflower Loop and we will visit Machine Falls.

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

4/26
Sat

Jackson

Big Hill Pond.

TBA.

4/26
Sat

Memphis

Apr 25-27 - Buffalo National River Wilderness Area, Jasper, AR – Preregistration Required

 

Friday: Leave in the morning and drive to Jasper.  In the afternoon we will hike on the Pedestal Rocks Trail and the Kings Bluff Loop.  These two trails are located next to one another and total 4.3 miles. They are rated moderate.

Saturday: 

Option 1:  We’ll hike 2.5 miles to Hemmed-In-Hollow Falls using the Center Point Trail. From there we will take the 5.4 mile Compton Trail. There is a short spur trail called the Goat Trail off this trail.  Those who aren’t afraid of narrow ledges above a 500 foot drop will enjoy great views.  Note that the hike to the falls descends about 1,200 feet and the hike back out climbs a like amount.  This hike is rated difficult due to the steep descent to the falls and the elevation gain on the return.

Option 2:  A morning and an afternoon hike will be offered.  Each hike will be approximately three miles and will be rated easy to moderate.  Hikers can choose to do either or both.

Sunday:  Before returning to Memphis, we will hike up Roundtop Mountain.  A 3.5 mile loop just south of Jasper with great views of the surrounding area.  The peak is about 200 feet above the trail head, but most of the climb is gradual. It is rated moderate.   

For leader and registration information contact ttamemphis@gmail.com

4/26
Sat

Murfreesboro

Greeter Falls @ Savage Gulf State Natural Area, 7 miles moderate. We will be using a shuttle for this hike. We will start from The Stone Door Ranger Station, hike to the door and then along the Big Creek Rim to the Alum Campsite where we will have lunch. The hike then continues to Greeter Falls, and if weather permits, we can play in the water some. We will have a car at Greeter to shuttle back to the other cars at Stone Door.

Tony Jones at 615-397-4463 or awj1968@comcast.net

4/26
Sat

Nashville

Short Springs State Natural Area, Tullahoma, TN. 3 miles, moderate.  Join us for waterfalls and wildflowers as we travel to one of the best hiking destinations in Middle Tennessee.  We will pass by clear streams that form Busby Falls and the 60 foot drop at Machine Falls.  Our next stop is the Wildflower Loop, home of two rare state-listed flowers, nestronia and the broad-leaved bunchflower.  It is always interesting to see what is in bloom!  If there is time and interest, we will stop at nearby Rutledge Falls on the return trip home.  Bring sturdy hiking boots, snacks, water, and lunch.  A hiking stick is useful on the steep hill down to the falls.

 Libby Francis at libbyslibbys@comcast.net, or call 615-889-5718,

4/26-
4/27

Plateau

NE Georgia Waterfall Extravaganza Overnight Trip, Helen GA.     Pre-registration is required.  Deadline for pre-registration is Monday, April 21.  Hikes are scheduled to 6 waterfalls.  All hikes are 1/3 mile to 1 ½ miles in and out and rated easy

Bruce Whitehead
trailwalker80@gmail.com
941-716-3620

4/26
Sat

Soddy Daisy

North Chickamauga Loop.  Moderate.  Approximately 5 miles.  Meet at Walmart parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

Bob McGavock - kopperkritters@yahoo.com or 423-667-2960

4/26
Sat

Sumner Trails

April 26 - Old Trace - Garrison Loop - 4 miles Moderate. After a scenic overlook and ascending a ridge our trail merges with the historic Natchez Trace for a mile or so before descending to Garrison Creek on the loop.  Our hike takes us along the creek and through some pasture land and forest with about 200 ft. elevation change.  The trail crosses Garrison Creek for a wet crossing.  You can either get your boots wet or take off your shoes and wade across.  You might want to bring some shoes to change to after the crossing or after the hike.  My son Paul Ballenger who is familiar with this trail, will be leading the hike with me.  Meet at the Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville at 9am CT to carpool or at the Garrison Creek rest stop on the Natachez Trace Parkway (Milepost 427.6) at 10:15 am CT.  After the hike we'll have lunch at Puckett's grocery in Leipers Fork.  For further info contact Loopy Al.

AL Ballenger  at   ballallenger@aol.com or 615-347-2623

4/26
Sat

Upper Cumberland

4/26 Pickett State Park, Jamestown, TN. We will hike a collection of short but scenic trails: Natural Bridge, Hazard Cave, Lake View, Lake, Ladder, and Island Trail. Hike is 6 miles and rated easy. Camping is an option with a hike in Big South Fork on Sunday.  You can meet us at 8:00 a.m. CT in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville. For information and to register contact Kathleen. 

Kathleen Sullivan
931-284-7822
ksully@frontiernet.net.

4/27
Sun

Highland Rim

Sunday Afternoon Stroll at Tims Ford State Park, Winchester, TN.  We will hike the Lost Creek Trail and a portion of Ray Branch Trail, about 5 miles, easy.  This hike features suspension bridges, beautiful views of Tims Ford Lake and hardwood forests. Bring water and snacks, hiking poles and sturdy hiking boots.  If the hikers are interested we will have dinner in Winchester.

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

4/28
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  We will have dinner at 5:00 p.m. CT at Applebee’s, 1957 N. Jackson St., Tullahoma, TN.  Our meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins St., Tullahoma.  Randy Hedgepath, Tennessee State Naturalist, will present his slide show The Tennessee River:  A Journey.

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

4/29
Tue

Soddy Daisy

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

Donna Pyers - pyersd@yahoo.com or 423-344-9271

    ** May 2014 **  

5/3
Sat

Clarksville

Brady Mountain Trail which is a portion of the Grassy Cove Segment of the Cumberland Trail; 7.8 miles, difficult; meet 7:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼161 miles to trail head. 

Suva Bastin 931.645.2849

5/3
Sat

Highland Rim

Savage Day Loop with Savage Falls Spur, 5 miles easy.  Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Palmer, TN.  We will hike along cascading Savage Creek lined with Mountain Laurel and Hemlock Trees on the South Rim Trail to visit Savage Falls. Then we will backtrack to rejoin the Savage Day Loop, where another spur leads to an awesome overlook of Savage Falls. Next we will hike along the edge of Savage Gulf to Rattlesnake Overlook, where we can see the length of Savage Gulf.  Bring water, snacks, lunch, hiking sticks and hiking boots.  Meet our hike leader, Volunteer Naturalist Joan Hartvigsen, at the Savage Gulf Ranger Station at 9:00 a.m. CDT or contact her at jhartvigs@comcast.net, 931-962-0811, for carpool information.  This hike includes two of the introductory hikes for the Friends of South Cumberland Hike 14 in 2014-hiking program.

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

5/3
Sat

Memphis

May 3, Chickasaw State Park  This popular park features a pretty lake surrounded by ridges, and is situated on some of the highest terrain in West Tennessee offering over 100 miles of hiking!   We will hike 3-4 miles through the forest and for additional distance there is optional hiking along dirt roads in the state forest.  Other options are to paddleboat or row on the lake.  For lunch, we will meet and eat at the park restaurant, which serves home style country cooking, so bring water and snack, but leave the lunch at home!   Meet at the Park Visitor Center at 9:45 a.m. or for carpooling meet at 8:15 a.m. behind Sears Auto at Wolfchase Mall.  To register for carpool or questions contact ttamemphis@gmail.com

Directions:  Take US-64 E and TN-100 E/Hwy 100 E.  The park is located on Hwy 100 E about 55 miles east of Wolfchase Mall.   www.tnstateparks.com/parks/about/chickasaw 

Freddi Felt

5/3
Sat

Plateau

Greeter Falls to Stone Door, Savage Gulf State Natural Area.  7 mile moderate hike

Bill Harris
931-484-9152

5/3
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Laurel Falls to overlook.  Approximatelly 6 miles.  Moderate to strenuous with a water crossing.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m. 

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

5/3
Sat

Upper Cumberland

5/3 Charlie's Bunion, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN. Hike begins at Newfound Gap and will follow the Appalachian Trail to Charlie's Bunion. Hike is 8 miles (9 with side trip) and is rated moderate to strenuous due to the uneven and rocky terrain. Bring headlamp. Meet us in the Penney's parking lot in Cookeville at 7:00am CT.  For information and to register contact Gary Kimbrell.

Gary Kimbrell
931-215-9520
Gary.Kimbrell@fbitn.com

5/6
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Lower Leggett loop.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

Gail Stokes - hikingsister@yahoo.com - 973-632-7463

5/6
Tue

Sumner Trails

May 6 - Chapter Meeting.  Pat Cummins, President of the Native History Association will speak about the efforts of the association to research and document the Trail of Tears through Middle Tennessee.  He will tell us about the Old Jefferson Trail of Tears pedestrian hiking trail which was discovered in 2012.  Pat will also tell us about the recent research and discovery of the 1823 Nashville Covered Toll Bridge abutment in downtown Nashville along the Nashville Riverfront greenway at Victory Memorial Bridge.  The bridge was used by1100 Cherokee to cross the Cumberland in 1838 and after 1851, the site was completely lost to history until its discovery in 2012.  Pat is a Cherokee descendant and Nashville resident.  He holds a degree in Mortuary Science from Kansas City Community College.  He has served as President of the Alliance for Native American Indian Rights from 1998 to 2009.  A passion for history and historic research led him to study anthropology at MTSU, and he has worked as a professional archaeologist and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology.  Pat was appointed to the Governors Archaeological Advisory Council in 2004 as a Native American representative and continues to serve in that capacity today.  Pat was a Men's Northern Traditional Dancer for many years and remains actively involved with a number of regional Native American Powwows and other cultiral events as an educator on matters of Native American historical importance.

Pat Cummins

5/8
Thu

Plateau

Chapter Pot Luck Meeting, Meadow Lake, Crossville.  5 pm

Cheryl Heckler
thehecklers@charter.net
931-456-6437

5/10
Sat

Clarksville

Hike cancled because of Spring Fling at Dunbar Cave Natural Area.

N/A

5/10
Sat

Clarksville

Garrison Creek Trail off the Natchez Trace Parkway; 6.3 miles, moderate; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼70 miles to trail head.  

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

5/10
Sat

East Tennessee

GSMNP - White Oak Sinks via Chestnut top Trail.  7.5 miles. Moderate.  This hike will start at the Townsend Wye parking lot entrance to the Park.  We'll begin ascending Chestnut Top Trail for 1200' over a distance of 2.7 miles before intersecting School House Gap Trail at 4.3 miles and turning right.  At the picnic tables at the park boundary we begin the off-trail descent into White Oak Sinks.  While in the "Sinks" we'll check out the Bat Cave, sinkholes, the disappearing waterfall, and the abundance of wildflowers.  We exit White Oak Sinks via a sometimes steep, well-worn path that leads back to School House Gap Trail near the Turkey Pen Ridge Trail intersection.  It's then just 1.1 miles down to Laurel Fork Rd.  Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring lunch and water. 

Rosie Marshall
rosemary_L@hotmail.com
865-951-8317

5/10
Sat

Highland Rim

“Hike ‘Em All in 2014” – Sewanee Natural Bridge and Buggy Top.  Sewanee Natural Bridge, a geologist’s delight, and Buggy Top Cave hikes will be led by Volunteer Naturalist Marietta Poteet.  Because Buggy Top is 4 miles round trip and has a steep descent/ascent please wear good hiking boots and bring water and a snack.  Meet Marietta at 9:00 a.m. CDT at the parking lot of Natural Bridge off of Highway 56. Call Marietta at 931-924-7666 for further information.

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

5/10
Sat

Jackson

Camping trip to the Smokies.

TBA.

5/10
Sat

Memphis

 May 10, Herb Parsons Lake State Park – Hike & Annual Picnic

Join us for an easy 6-mile hike around the lake and through the woods.  Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the lake and bring water.  After the hike we will celebrate a great hike season at Herb Parsons Lake.  We will grill hotdogs.  Please bring your favorite potluck dish, salad, or desert and lawn chair.  We hike to eat!  The chapter will provide hotdogs, buns, relish, ketchup, mustard, paper plates, flatware, napkins, drinks, and ice. Activities include horseshoes, fishing (bring your rod) and hiking or just conversation. Bring a friend.   Rain will cancel hike and picnic.  

Please register in advance so that we will know how many hikers plan to eat.  Register by email ttamemphis@gmail.com

5/10
Sat

Murfreesboro

Nashville City Walk, 5 miles easy.   I’m bringing this hike back by popular demand. This is a beginner hike and suitable for all family members. We will enjoy views along the Cumberland River starting at the Metro Center Levee and walking the greenway to lower Broadway in downtown Nashville. We will explore the Riverfront area, Fort Nashboro and take in a lunch at the Hard Rock Café before retracing our steps back to Metro Center.

Tony Jones at 615-397-4463 or awj1968@comcast.net

5/10
Sat

Nashville

May 10 - Downtown Nashville Urban hike. 4 miles. easy. We will walk from the Farmers Market, south, across downtown to Rutledge Hill and return by a different route. The hike will pass points of interest that include the state capitol, civil war historical sites, the honky tonk district, a river view, the new convention center, and various architectural gems downtown. Meet at the north end of  the Farmers Market at 10 am. Free parking is nearby. 

Tom Vickstrom; 615-405-6713. tvickstrom@thehermitagehotel.com

5/10
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Retro Hughes Road to Imodium Falls and back.  Approximately 10 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

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

5/10
Sat

Upper Cumberland

5/10 Chimney Top Trail, Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN. We will hike to Chimney Top from the ranger station via the Chimney Top Trail. Shorter hike is about 9.1 miles, longer hike is 12 miles. Bring headlamp. Elevation changes and the distance covered make both routes strenuous.  You can meet us in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 7:30am CT. We will leave from the ranger station about 9:30am CT.  For information and to register contact Gary Kimbrell.

Gary Kimbrell
931-215-9520
Gary.Kimbrell@fbitn.com

5/11
Sun

Highland Rim

Old Spann House Trail, 4 miles easy, Clifton Doyle Trail, 1 mile easy, plus a Picnic, Tims Ford State Park, Winchester, TN.  This Sunday afternoon hike features oak/hickory forests, gently rolling hills, thick stands of mature Eastern Red Cedar and towering Pine Trees. The trail follows the shoreline of beautiful Tims Ford Lake on the “lollipop” section of the Old Spann House trail.  Along our way we will see the stone fireplace and foundation of the Spann House.  The only things this trail lacks are dead trees and rocks.  The Clifton Doyle Trail is named in memory of Clifton and Doyle Snell who lost their lives near this trail in l952.  This trail offers views of Leatherwood Island and Wiseman Bend area of Tims Ford Lake.  Meet our hike leader, Joan Hartvigen, at 2:00 p.m. at the Tims Ford State Park Visitor Center parking lot.  Bring water and snacks.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen to let her know you are coming.  We will share a Sunday picnic dinner in the park after our hike.  Tell Joan what food you want to bring to the picnic.

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

5/13
Tue

Murfreesboro

Monthly Meeting. 6:00 pm. Barfield-Crescent Park Wilderness Station. NOTE TIME CHANGE. This will be our planning meeting for July-December hikes. Bring your calendar to schedule hikes you want to lead or ideas for hikes you would like to experience. Bring a finger food to share and drinks will be provided. If you want to lead a hike and cannot attend the meeting, contact Cathy Bingham at corgylover@bellsouth.net or 615-890-9791(home) leave a message if before 4 pm.

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

5/13
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Cedar Mountain if open.  Approximately 5-6 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

5/17
Sat

Clarksville

Ashland City Rails to Trails, paved section; 3.7 mikes one way; easy; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, Madison Street Kmart parking lot, Clarksville; ∼29 miles to trail head.

Bob Lyon 931-648-2354;

5/17
Sat

East Tennessee

Tellico Resivoir - East Lakeshore Trail.  Starting at the Glendale Branch Trailhead, we will head out to connect with the Coytee Loop Trail for a total of approximately 6.0 miles.  The trail basically follows the shoreline of Tellico Lake, is relatively flat with a few small hills but nothing difficult.  Wear sturdy boots, bring water, and snacks.Tellico Resivoir - East Lakeshore Trail.

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

5/17
Sat

Highland Rim

Mountain Goat Hike from Sewanee to Cowan, 6 miles gentle downhill plus a rocky two miles on the valley floor from the mountainside into the town of Cowan.  Car shuttle is required.  Meet our hike leader Sally Hubbard at the Blue Chair Restaurant in Sewanee at 9:00 a.m. CDT.  At 9:30 a.m. we will begin. On the hike we will pass by Cumberland Mountain Tunnel where we will clamber up to look into three airshafts and have our snack while looking across into the Sherwood Valley.  At the time of the tunnel’s completion in 1852 it was the longest railroad tunnel in the world.  The ceiling of the tunnel was raised about fifty years ago to accommodate double-decker truck.  trailers on flat-bed railroad cars.  The highest point on the railway between
Nashville and Chattanooga is in the tunnel and “Pusher” engines are attached to heavy trains to push them through the tunnel.  We will have lunch at the Fiesta Grill Mexican Restaurant in Cowan. Wear good hiking boots and bring hiking sticks, water and snacks.  Sally asks that we please walk any dogs on
short leashes behind the other hikers. Let Sally know you are coming at 931-598-5338.

Sally Hubbard
sally@hubbard.net
931-598-5338

5/17-
5/18

Murfreesboro

Walls of Jericho Backpack 7.0 miles total round-trip. Rated difficult due to rocky terrain and elevation.  After we hike in about 3 miles, we will set up tents at Clark Cemetery on Turkey Creek. Then we will hike an additional half-mile into the “Walls”.  We’ll take our time hiking out Sunday morning.  Meet at 10:00 am Saturday morning at the Sam’s Club parking lot in Murfreesboro to carpool.

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

5/17
Sat

Nashville

 Piney River section of the Cumberland Trail, near Spring City, TN. 8.46 miles. Moderate. Starting from the picnic area on Shut-in Gap Road the trail climbs steeply. The Twin Rocks Nature Trail takes off to the left about .1 miles from the picnic area. The trail continues up the slope, then follows the side of the mountain for another 3/4 miles, where a trail branches off to descend to the river. After hiking another 2.2 miles the hiker encounters the picturesque 100 foot suspension bridge. Then the trail follows an old dinky railroad, almost level, crosses a 20 foot bridge over Pine Branch, then a 45 foot bridge over Rock House Branch. A side trail leads 1/2 mile to the "bathtub", a 7 foot deep basin in the stream. The trail continues, winding up and down the slope as it continues upstream, through a beautiful stand of large hardwoods called Big Cove. Spider Den Bluff is the next interesting feature. Then the trail winds past White Pine Cascades to cross the road. The trail parallels the road generally uphill to Newby Forest Camp trailhead. This trail is known for its abundance of spring wildflowers which should be in full swing by this time in May. Sturdy hiking boots are a must on this hike. Along with these bring water, snacks, lunch and money for carpooling. This hike will require a car drop so we will need at least two cars making the trip.

Nancy Juodenas at 615-319-8811 or e-mail: njuodenas@yahoo.com. 

 

5/17
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Nickajack connector trail.  Approximately 6-8 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

5/17
Sat

Sumner Trails

May 17 - Trail of tears segment at Old Jefferson in Murfreesboro. 2.7 miles Easy.  Old Jefferson is the site of a town that was founded in 1802 at a fork in the Stones River.  Several detachments of Cherokee passed through the town in 1838.  Pat Cummins, President of the Native History Association will lead this hike.  The trail is mostly level ground, but there is a slight incline in one section.  The trail can be rough in places and muddy after a rain.  You will want to wear suitable hiking shoes.  Bring water, a snack and bug spray if the weather is warm.  We will eat at a local restaurant after the hike.  Meet at 9:00am CT in the Kroger parking lot (Glenbrook Shopping Center, Hendersonville)  or at 10:15 at the trail parking lot just beyone the East Fork Recreation Area sign.  Please let hike leaders Ron and Judy know if you will be meeting them at Old Jefferson and call to confirm hike if threatening weather.

Ron or Judy Jenkins 615-403-0002 judy jenkins@comcast.net

5/17
Sat

Upper Cumberland

May 17 - Walls of Jericho Wilderness and Recreation Area. The hike is about 9 miles total is rated strenuous, and is mostly downhill going into the gorge so the return trip is mostly uphill. The hike will begin at the TN trailhead, and return to the TN trailhead. There is an option to backpack in and camp. You can meet us in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville @ 6:30 a.m., at the US Bank across from McDonald’s in Sparta at 7:00 a.m., or at the trailhead at 9:00 a.m.  For more information and to register contact Cindy Watson. 

Cindy Watson
931-247-1459
cgrwatson@gmail.com 

5/18
Sun

Nashville

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 crossing over 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: Stop by the newly re-opened Shenanagins for post-hike nourishment. 

 Doug Burroughs at (615) 587-0085 for more information and to register.

5/19
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  We will have dinner at 5:00 p.m. CDT at Ruby Tuesday, 1936 N. Jackson St., Tullahoma.  Our meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins St., Tullahoma.  This is a joint meeting with the Friends of Short Springs State Natural Area.  Our speaker is Fount Bertram, President of The Friends of Tennessee State Parks Coalition.  The Coalition was formed to provide a source of information, encouragement and support for all the Friends of Tennessee State Parks groups.

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

5/20
Tue

Clarksville

6:00pm CT. 3rd Tue Monthly Program Meeting. (Crow Community Center, 211 Richview Rd.)

J.R. Tate
931-920-2692
modelt@charter.net

5/20
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Enterprise South.  Approximately 6-6-1/2 miles.  Easy to moderate.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 8 a.m.

John Nelson - 423-488-4843

5/24
Sat

Highland Rim

Raven Point Loop, South Cumberland State Park, Tracy City, TN,  10.4 miles, tough, 550 ft. elevation change.  This is a joint hike with the Friends of South Cumberland State Park, Hike #13 of the "Hike all 14 in 2014" program.  Bring alot of water, snacks, lunch, hiking poles, a light and wear sturdy hiking boots.  Meet our hike leaders Marietta Poteet and Naullain Kendrick at 9:00 a.m. CDT at the Grundy Forest picnic shelter.  On this beautiful hike we will see massive hemlocks, cascading Fiery Gizzard Creek, wildflowers, Blue Hole, Black Canyon and Sycamore Falls.   We will visit Raven Point, a wonderful bluff with a great view looking over the Gorge of Gizzard Cove.  This hike is difficult because the trail is rocky with exposed roots and there are several boulder fields to hike through.  For more information contact Marietta at 931-924-7666 or nannietta@blomand.net and Naullain Kendrick, naullain@hotmail.com,
931-224-6225.

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

5/24
Sat

Murfreesboro

No Hike - Memorial Weekend

5/24
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Booker T. Washington State Park.  Approximately 7 miles.  Easy to moderate.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 8 a.m. 

Ed Pyers - pyersd@yahoo.com - 423-344-0271

5/24
Sat

Sumner Trails

May 24 - White House Greenway.  4 miles Easy.  This is a paved greenway; boots not required.  We will begin our hike at the White House High School trailhead located at 508 Tyree Springs Rd.  The trail will take us along Honey Run creek where we will encounter beautiful trees and wildlife.  We'll hike to the 31W trailhead, then return to the high school.  Afterwards, we will eat lunch at a local restaurant.  Meet at First presbyterian Church Hendersonville at 9:000 am CT or at the White House High School trailhead at 9:45. 

Jane Hamm janetntrails@gmail.com or 615-757-3331 or Gayle Livingston at gayleerose@comcast.net or 615-264-2940

5/24
Sat

Upper Cumberland

May 24 Virgin Falls, DeRossett.  Hike is 9 miles round trip and rated strenuous. There is a stream crossing and some difficult footing on this hike.  You can meet us in Cookeville at JC Penney's at 8:00 a.m. or the US Bank across from McDonald’s in Sparta at 8:30 a.m.  For information and to register contact Marnell Cothran. 

Marnell Cothran
931-738-5874
leron@blomand.net

5/26
Mon

Highland Rim

Memorial Day Lake Party and Picnic.  Joette Carter has invited us to her home on Keith Springs Mountain off of TN Hwy 16 for Memorial Day.  The fun begins at 11:00 a.m. CDT and includes hiking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking and picnicking.  Bring a meat to grill and a side dish or dessert to share.  We will eat around 12:30 p.m.  Our hike begins at 1:30 p.m. and is about four to five miles.  Directions:  Take TN Highway 16 South up Keith Springs Mountain toward the Walls of Jericho State Natural Area and Alabama.  Travel about ten miles on Hwy 16 South and turn left onto Jehovah Jireh Lane between mile marker 23 and 24 and follow the paved driveway to the lake.  For more information contact Joette at 256-776-3551.

Joette Carter
256-776-3551

5/27
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Mowbray Pike to Sluder Lane.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

John Politte - johnpolitte@gmail.com - 423-304-8327

5/31
Sat

Clarksville

Overnight Night; Edgar Evans State Park; we must pre register to reserve a campsite: tent campsites $8.00/night; RV campsites $20/night; On the 31st we will hike Millennium and Merritt Ridge Trails, 7.9 miles, difficult; on June 1st we will float the Caney Fork River: canoe rental 2 persons, $45.00; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼101 miles to trail head.

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

5/31
Sat

Highland Rim

Cloudland Canyon State Park, Trenton, Georgia.  Overlook Trail, Waterfalls Trail and West Rim Trail, about 7 miles, strenuous.  This beautiful park is located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain.  The park straddles a deep gorge cut into the mountain by Sitton Gulch Creek and offers many spectacular overlooks of the mountain gorge and awesome Cherokee Falls and Hemlock Falls.  The Rhododendron should be in bloom.  Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring hiking poles, water, snacks and lunch.  Email Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or call 931-962-0811 for more information.

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

5/31
Sat

Murfreesboro

Foster Falls Area Hike, S. Cumberland State Park. Moderate. 4.5 miles. This is a 4.5 mile loop off highway 41 south of Tracy City. We will hike down to the river to view the falls, then skirt along the bottom of famous cliffs known to rappel climbers as the White Walls and the Dihedrals. A steep climb precedes our way back along the top of the cliffs. You will need sturdy boots and plenty of water. After the hike we will have lunch in Tracy City.

Nabil Wakid at nwakid@bellsouth.net or call 615-893-7942.

5/31
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Retro Hughes trailhead to Upper Leggett Road trailhead and back.  Approximately 10 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

John Politte - johnpolitte@gmail.com - 423-304-8327

    ** June 2014 **  

6/3
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Stringer's Ridge.  Approximately 4 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Bi-Lo parking lot in Red Bank at 8 a.m. EDT

Donna Pyers (pyersd@yahoo.com or 423-344-9271

6/4
Wed

Murfreesboro

National Trails Day

trail maintenance at Barfield Park

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

6/7
Sat

Highland Rim

National Trails Day. Foster Falls to Grundy Forest Trailhead on Fiery Gizzard Trail.  Tracy City, TN.  13 miles.  Moderate but difficult in parts.  Marietta Poteet will lead a joint hike with the Friends of South Cumberland's Hike All 14 in 2014 (Hike #9) and the Tennessee Trails Association on the entire length of Fiery Gizzard Trail from Foster Falls to the Grudy Forest Trailhead in Tracy City.  This hike is difficult because of the thirteen miles and the rocky descent/ascent in and out of 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. CDT on June 7.  Please wear good hiking boots and bring hiking poles, a light, snacks, lunch and plenty of water for this all day hike.  For
further information call Marietta at 931-924-7666 or email nannietta@blomand.net.

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

6/7
Sat

Jackson

National Trails Day.

TBA.

6/7
Sat

Plateau

National Trails Day hke - Lilly Bluff Point Trail, 3.8 moderate

Cheryl Heckler
thehecklers@charter.net
931-456-6437

6/7
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Roaring Creek.  Approximately 10 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m. EDT

Bob McGavock (kopperkritters@yahoo.com or 423-667-2960)

6/10
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Picnic - Barfield Park

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

6/10
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Blue Blazes Trail (Moccasin Bend) - Approximately 3 miles.  Easy.  Meet at Bi-Lo parking lot in Red Bank at 8 a.m. EDT

Dale Elmblade (plantdale@epbfi.com or 423-332-4810

6/14
Sat

Plateau

Cloudland Canyon State Park, Rising Fawn, GA.  Moderate 5 mile car shuttle hike.

Bill Harris
931-484-9152

6/14
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Sluder Lane to Big Soddy Creek.  Approximately 7 miles.  Strenuous.  Will stage vehicles.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in SOddy Daisy at 8 a.m. EDT

John Politte (johnpolitte@gmail.com or 423-304-8327)

6/17
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Woftever Greenway.  Approximately 4 miles.  Easy.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 8 a.m. EDT.

Donna Pyers (pyersd@yahoo.com or 423-344-9271)

6/20-
6/22

Highland Rim

Camping at Elkmont Campground, Hiking in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Register early with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  We will leave for the GSMNP early Friday morning to set up camp and then go on our Friday hike.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, Highland Rim, and Sara Pollard, Murfreesboro, for carpool information.  We will camp two nights and hike three days.  Friday: Chimney Tops Trail, 4 miles round trip, rocky, strenuous, 1,650 ft. elevation change.  At the top we will enjoy a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains, including Mt. LeConte.  Alternate hike:  Cove Hardwood Nature Trail.  Old Growth Forest.  Saturday: Charlies Bunion, 8 miles round trip, moderate, 1,000 ft. elevation change.  Spectacular views.  Sunday: Gregory Ridge Trail to Gregory Bald, 11 miles round trip, strenuous, 3,000 ft. elevation change.  Old Growth Forest, blooming Flaming Azaleas on grassy Gregory Bald, great views into Cades Cove, 360-degree view of mountain peaks.  We will share a picnic lunch Friday evening at Elkmont Campground.  Saturday evening we will have dinner in Gatlinburg.  Bring food for breakfasts and lunches and our Friday evening picnic.

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

6/20-
6/22

Murfreesboro

Car camp at Great Smokies Mountain National Park, Elkmont. Joint hike with Highland Rim Chapter

Sara Pollard at 615-714-3610 or sarabpollard@gmail.com / Tony Jones at 615-397-4463 or awj1968@comcast.net

6/21
Sat

Jackson

Cummins Fall State Park  (hike and swim).

TBA

6/21
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Sluder Lane to Mowbray Pike.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m. EDT.

Roger Downs (rdowns@bledsoe.net)

6/24
Tue

Clarksville

6:00pm CT. 3rd Tue Monthly Program Meeting. (Crow Community Center, 211 Richview Rd.)

J.R. Tate
931-920-2692
modelt@charter.net

6/24
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Craven's House.  Approximately 4 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Bi-Lo parking lot in Red Bank at 8 a.m. EDT>

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

6/28
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Flipper Bend.  Approximately 8 miles.  Moderate to strenuous.  Meet at Wal-Mart parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m. EDT>

Bob McGavock (kopperkritters@yahoo.com or 423-667-2960)

    ** July 2014 **  

7/15
Tue

Clarksville

6:00pm CT. 3rd Tue Monthly Program Meeting. (Crow Community Center, 211 Richview Rd.)

J.R. Tate
931-920-2692
modelt@charter.net

    ** August 2014 **  

8/2
Sat

Upper Cumberland

8/2/14 Upper Cumberland Annual Meeting, Pete Broehl 

Pete Broehl
931-738-3551
pabroehl@blomand.net.

8/19
Tue

Clarksville

6:00pm CT. 3rd Tue Monthly Program Meeting. (Crow Community Center, 211 Richview Rd.)

J.R. Tate
931-920-2692
modelt@charter.net

    ** September 2014 **  

9/16
Tue

Clarksville

6:00pm CT. 3rd Tue Monthly Program Meeting. (Crow Community Center, 211 Richview Rd.)

J.R. Tate
931-920-2692
modelt@charter.net

    ** October 2014 **  

10/21
Tue

Clarksville

6:00pm CT. 3rd Tue Monthly Program Meeting. (Crow Community Center, 211 Richview Rd.)

J.R. Tate
931-920-2692
modelt@charter.net

    ** November 2014 **  

11/2
Sun

TTA

2am Local Time. Daylight Savings Time ends.

11/18
Tue

Clarksville

6:00pm CT. 3rd Tue Monthly Program Meeting. (Crow Community Center, 211 Richview Rd.)

J.R. Tate
931-920-2692
modelt@charter.net

    ** December 2014 **  

12/16
Tue

Clarksville

No Meeting?

 

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