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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Apr 23, 2015 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** April 2015 **  

4/21
Tue

Clarksville

Monthly Meeting, 6:00 P.M., Crow Center, Clarksville.

Sandy Janus 931.551.8523

4/21
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Soddy Gorge.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate (water crossing).  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

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

4/22
Wed

Highland Rim

Prentice Cooper State Forest.  Mullen’s Cove Loop Trail.  We will hike clockwise from the trailhead to Snoopers Rock and return.  7 miles, moderate.  This hike offers views of the Tennessee River Gorge, cascading streams and rock bluffs.  The bare rock promontory of Snoopers Rock offers a wide view of the Tennessee River Gorge.  Bring water, snacks, lunch and hiking sticks.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Meet at 8:00 a.m. CT at the McDonald’s in Monteagle to form a carpool.  Please pre-register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigsen@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

4/23-
4/24

Highland Rim

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage.  Wildflower Hikes are led by Botanists and include Deep Creek Trail, first two miles of Gregory Ridge Trail, School House Gap Trail, Middle Prong Trail, Cove Hardwood Nature Trail and Porters Creek Trail.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 for more information.

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

4/25
Sat

Clarksville

Hike with another chapter.

Paul Schwab 931.645.9068

4/25
Sat

Columbia/Franklin

David Crockett SP - Trail of Tears. This will be a special hike to become more familiar with the history of the Native Americans who were forced off of their lands, and relocated to Oklahoma in 1838-9. We will visit the newly opened Pulaski Interpretive Center.  The two different land routes, led by John Bell and John Benge, respectively, crossed in Pulaski.  The museum documents local Native American history, including a bronze statue of a Cherokee family. Our guide will take us to the overlook where the two routes intersected in 1838. We will then drive to David Crockett State Park ( about one hour) in Lawrenceburg. We will be joined there by Pat Cummins (see Chapter meeting guest speaker above).  He will be our guide for a 2.5 mile hike (five miles out and back) on a portion of the original Bell route. We plan to have a picnic lunch at one of the many shelters in the Park. We will hike the Shoal Creek/Waterfall Trails (1.4 miles), and Overlook Trail (1.47 miles) after lunch. We will meet at 7:45 AM behind McDonalds 4908 Main Street (Hwy 31) on the north side of Spring Hill. We'll drive to Pulaski (about one hour) and then David Crockett Park. You may choose to meet us at the Interpretive Center in Pulaski (220 Stadium Street, 38478). Bring a picnic lunch, water, etc. Trails are easy to moderate. Please let Janeth know if you plan to join us and at which location you plan to meet us.

Janeth McKendrick
615-591 9352
Janethmck@aol.com

4/25
Sat

East Tennessee

Cucumber Gap Loop with side trip to Avent Cabin.  This hike will start at the parking area in Elkmont to Jakes Creek trail and Jakes Creek trail to the Avent Cabin, about 8/10 mile gaining about 350 feet.  After visiting the Avent Cabin we will go back down Jake’s Creek trail to Cucumber Gap trail  and take Cucumber Gap trail to the Little River trail, about 2.4 miles gaining 450 feet in one mile then losing 350 feet in the next 1.4 miles.  We will then take the Little River trail back to the parking area, about 2.4 miles losing about 350 feet.  All of these trails are relatively easy.  The total distance is about 5.8 miles.  We will meet to carpool  at Browns Creek Shopping Center parking lot nearest the Sonic at 1707 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy, across the street from the Hardee’s, near the hospital in Maryville.  We will meet and leave there at 9:00am ET.  Be sure to bring $’s for carpooling, snacks, water, camera and appropriate clothing.  Pre-register with Rosie.

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

4/25
Sat

Highland Rim

Hike to Raven Point by way of the Dog Hole Trail, South Cumberland State Park, Grundy Forest State Natural Area, Tracy City, TN.  9 plus miles round trip.  Moderate.  Trail is rocky with exposed tree roots.  Bring plenty of water, snacks, hiking poles and sturdy hiking boots.  Marietta Poteet will lead us on this trail along beautiful, cascading Fiery Gizzard Creek.  The Dog Hole Trail ascends up the ridge to Raven Point which is a wonderful bluff with a great view looking over the gorge of Gizzard Cove.  Please email Marietta at nannietta@blomand.net or call 931-924-7666 for further information.

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

4/25
Sat

Jackson

Annual wildflower hike. We are planning three short hikes, all close to each other, at Stillhouse Falls, Rattlesnake Falls and John Noel at Bon Aqua State Natural Area. For more information and to register for the hike, please contact Glen.

Glen Rognstad
731-217-5966
glenrognstad@gmail.com

4/25
Sat

Memphis

Time TBD

Shiloh National Military Park historical hike - Saturday, April 25

This hike will be led by Charlie Spearman, interpretive ranger at  Shiloh.  We will retrace the steps of Albert Sidney Johnston's Army of the Mississippi on April 6, 1862, during the battle of Shiloh.  Charlie will follow General Johnston's route as the Confederate troops force the retreat of General Grant's troops during the day.  Charlie's recount of the day's events weaves military history with all manner of external forces and personal triumph and tragedy.

Charlie Spearman suggests that a group size no more than 25 is preferred.  Charlie Bright will handle registration.

We will probably hike about seven miles.  Some of it will be cross country and is a fun hike added to great story telling.  We will meet at the visitor center at time to be determined. 

We ask that you e-mail Charlie Bright for registration and ride sharing.  charlie.bright2010@gmail.com

Shiloh National Military Park

4/25
Sat

Memphis

Time TBD

Shiloh National Military Park historical hike - Saturday, April 25

This hike will be led by Charlie Spearman, interpretive ranger at  Shiloh.  We will retrace the steps of Albert Sidney Johnston's Army of the Mississippi on April 6, 1862, during the battle of Shiloh.  Charlie will follow General Johnston's route as the Confederate troops force the retreat of General Grant's troops during the day.  Charlie's recount of the day's events weaves military history with all manner of external forces and personal triumph and tragedy.

Charlie Spearman suggests that a group size no more than 25 is preferred.  Charlie Bright will handle registration.

We will probably hike about seven miles.  Some of it will be cross country and is a fun hike added to great story telling.  We will meet at the visitor center at time to be determined. 

We ask that you e-mail Charlie Bright for registration and ride sharing.  charlie.bright2010@gmail.com

Shiloh National Military Park

4/25
Sat

Murfreesboro

Hidden Lake Double Loop. Harpeth River State Park. West Nashville, TN. 2 miles. Moderate. The hike is short, but scenic with views of the Harpeth River, Nashville Veterans Cemetery, and a "Hidden Lake" quarry that was once home of a resort complex whose remains are still visible. We will have dinner at a local eatery afterwards.


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

4/25
Sat

Nashville

Short Mountain, Cannon County.  This tour is being conducted by the TN Division of Natural Areas (DNA)  and is available to the first 15 people who sign up.  Rated easy due to punctuated hiking/wading excursions. Includes multiple stops, among them a short hike to the mouth of Gunters Cave and a creek hike to Rainbow Falls, and opportunities to see rare crayfish found only in DeKalb and Cannon Counties and nowhere else.  We’ll start and end at the Arts Center of Cannon County where we can have lunch (on our own) at the Blue Porch Restaurant inside the Arts Center. PLEASE NOTE: You must register individually with David Withers of the DNA at 615-532-0441 or david.withers@tn.gov. Registration closes April 17; late registrants are typically put on a waiting list. For complete details about this and other  DNA events t, visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/natural-areas/docs/events_2015.pdf   

 Nora Beck: 615-517-6486 norellibee@gmail.com for ride/drive coordinating purposes.

 

4/25
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Pigeon Mountain.  Approximately 8 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Bi-Lo in Red Bank at 8 a.m.

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

4/25
Sat

Sumner Trails

April 25 - Saturday - Long Hunter State Park: Couchville Lake Trail 2.1 miles Easy on flat asphalt.  This trail circles Couchville Lake which was formed when Percy Priest Lake was created.  The arboretum borders the trail and there are many tree identification markers.  You might see many spring migatory birds.  Other interesting features include various limestone outcroppings and formations, as well as sinkholes.  Long Hunter State Park took its name from early explorers who were called "long hunters: due to the time they spent in the field.  In the 1700's this was choice hunting grounds for Native Americans, including Shawnee, Choctaw, Cherokee, and Chickasaw.  Their battles with incoming settlers were fierce, leading to naming one of the trails to Nashville the War trace.  We will also hike Couchville Glade State Natural Area:  Tyler Alley Sykes Trail.  This hike will be optional depending on the condition of the Trail.  It is a 1.2 mile, lollipop-shaped loop, Easy and flat but trail is dirt, grass and rock.  This trail is noted for sheltering the largest and best-quality Tennessee coneflowers, an endangered species.  The trail leads through an area where the glades and barren interface, creating one of the finest examples of glades-barrens complex.  Hikers interest in karst topography, cedar glades and rare flowers will especially appreciate this hike.  Dogs are allowed on this trail, but not on the Couchville Lake Trail.  Meet at the First Presbyterial Church Hendersonville at 9:00 am CT for carpooling.  For more info contact Bob and Kaye Crouch. 

B0b and Kaye Crouch kaye.crouch@comcast.net or 615-824-0786

4/25
Sat

Upper Cumberland

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. Highlights include two natural bridges and Hazard Cave. The total distance is about 6 miles and is rated easy. Camping is an option with a hike in Big South Fork on Sunday. For information and to register contact Kathleen Sullivan.    

Kathleen Sullivan
931.284.7822
ksully@frontiernet.net

4/27
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  We will have dinner at 5:00 p.m. at Applebee’s, 1957 N. Jackson St., Tullahoma.  Our meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins St., Tullahoma.  Dr. Ken Smith, Sewanee:  The University of the South’s Professor of Forestry and Geology, will present a program on the American Chestnut.  Dr. Smith will discuss the work to breed a genetically diverse blight-resistant American Chestnut and the reintroduction of this tree to the forests of the Eastern United States.  The American Chestnut was once the dominant hardwood species in the eastern United States.  During the 19th century, however, a Chinese fungus killed virtually all the mature American Chestnuts.  Now the American Chestnut exists as sprouts from old stumps and root systems.

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

4/28
Tue

Nashville

Chapter Meeting.  A program is planned about some of the newest trails around the state; speaker not confirmed at press time. Complete details to be given at March 24 chapter meeting. 

Nora Beck: norellibee@gmail.com 615-517-6486.

 

4/28
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Wolftever Greenway.  Approximately 4 miles.  Easy.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 9 a.m.

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

4/28
Tue

Sumner Trails

April 28 - (Tues.) Bicentennial Capital Mall State Park.  This is a 19 acre park which is the only urban park in the state system.  We will have a ranger take us around the park and show off the highlights, as well as giving us some history and context for the park.  The park was built in 1996, the state's bicentennial year, and offers a green space that ties into the state capitol.  The tour lasts about 45 min. to an hour.  From there we will walk to Historic Germantown for another tour.  Lunch will either be in Germantown or at the Farmer's Market where we will have parked our cars.  We will meet at the First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville at 9:00 AM CT to carpool.  For further info contact Sally Ticaric or Barbara Krawchuk.

Sally Ticaric sallytic@aol.com 615-8247294 or Barbara Krawchuk tnbeachbumr@aol.com 615-822-6952

    ** May 2015 **  

5/2
Sat

Clarksville

Dunbar Cave SNA Spring Fling

 

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

5/2
Sat

Highland Rim

May 2 – Greeter Falls Hike.  CANCELLED

5/2
Sat

Jackson

Mousetail Landing SP. This is an eight mile loop to a high bluff overlooking the Tennessee River below. This is a favorite hike of the Jackson Chapter. The trail is rated moderate. We will leave from Panera at 8 am or meet at the park headquarters at 9:30. Bring lunch and plenty of water. For additional information and to register, contact Terry.

Terry McCoy
731-535-0625
cityclarksburg@yahoo.com

5/2-
5/3

Murfreesboro

Backpack in Savage Gulf. Easy to Moderate. Elevation changes are less than 50 feet for this hike making the trip a good one for new backpackers. Hike begins at the Stone Door Ranger Station taking the trail to Stone Door. Then we will take the Big Rim Trail 3.2 miles to Alum Gap Camp. We will set up camp at Alum Gap campground and then take the Greeter Falls trail to the waterfalls. The Greeter Falls Trail requires good balance and careful footwork. We will hike out the next day on the 2.9 mile Laurel Trail back to the ranger station. Meet at the Stone Door Ranger Station at 9:00 am CT.

Andy Meeks
usmcmeeks@gmail.com
813-447-1224

5/2
Sat

Soddy Daisy

North Chick to Stevens Branch campsite and back.  Approxiately 9 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Wal-Mart parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

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

5/2
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Charlie's Bunion, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN. Our hike begins at Newfound Gap and will follow the Appalachian Trail to Charlie's Bunion.  There will be an optional side-trip to the Jump-Off. The hike is 8 miles (9 with the Jump-Off) and is rated moderate to strenuous due to the uneven and rocky terrain. For information and to register contact Gary Kimbrell.

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

5/3
Sun

Columbia/Franklin

7pm CT. 1st Tue Monthly Program Meeting. (Super China Buffett, 5228 Main St., #B1, Spring Hill, TN ) Socializing and Dinner at 6pm. 

Carolyn Watson
901-652-9089
columbia@tennesseetrails.org

5/4
Mon

Sumner Trails

  May 4 - Chapter Meeting. First United Methodist Chruch.  7:00 PM.  Are you looking for new places to hike and enjoy all the beauty Tennessee has to offer?  Sandy Obodzinski, Director of Philanthropy with the Nature Conservancy of Tennessee, will give a presentation on Middle Tennessee hiking destinations. Come learn about some new places to visit and share stories about some of your favorite places as Sandy takes us on a virtual hike, including beautiful photographs of some remarkable natural treasures that are right here in Middle tennessee.  Please join us at First United Methodist Chruch.  217 East Main Street, Hendersonville, TN

Jane Hamm janettrails@gmail.com  or Gayle Livingston gayleerose@comcast.net

5/5
Tue

Jackson

6:45 pm CT. 1st Tue Program Meeting at Perkins Restaurant, Vann Drive, Jackson. Socializing & dinner starts at 6:00 pm CT; meeting starts 6:45 pm.

Vicky Moeller
731-668-9336
jackson@tennesseetrails.org

5/5
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Cravens House.  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

5/9
Sat

Clarksville

Meriwether Lewis Park (Natchez Trace Parkway), Hohenwald, TN; foot trail, 6 miles, moderate; meet 7:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼93 miles to trail head. 

 

Suva Bastin 931.645.2849

5/9
Sat

East Tennessee

Twin Arches and Twin Arches Loop.  Join us on a hike that combines two  trails.  The Twin Arches trail takes us to two arches at .7 miles.  The south arch is 70 feet high and 135 feet wide and the north arch is 51 feet high and 93 feet wide.  After viewing the arches we will start the Twin Arches Loop trail and pass through several large rock shelters where niter (saltpeter) mining took place.  At 2.6 miles we reach Jake’s place marked by a fallen chimney.  At 3.0 miles we reach Charit Creek Lodge which has been in operation since 1989.  Part of the lodge was built in 1817.  From the lodge it is about 1.6 miles back to the vehicles and on the way back we will go over the arches.  The total distance is about 5.5 miles with an elevation gain/loss of about 400 feet.  The trail is of moderate difficulty with two steep stairs and a short steep trail section.  We will meet at the Ingles Food Store, 215 Cedar Lane  off the Merchant’s Rd exit of I-75 North at 8:00am E.T. and leaving at 8:15am E.T.  We recommend appropriate clothing, a snack, a drink, a camera and $$$ for car pooling.  Pre-register with Rosie.

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

5/9
Sat

Highland Rim

Cloudland Canyon State Park, Trenton, Georgia.  Overlook Trail, Waterfalls Trail and West Rim Loop Trail. 7 miles, moderate.  $5.00 Parkpass fee per vehicle.  This hike has beautiful vistas, rugged geology, rhododendron, mountain laurel and two awesome waterfalls. The park, located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, straddles a deep gorge cut into the mountain by combined waters of Bear and Daniel Creeks.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 921-962-0811 for carpool information.  Cloudland Canyon State Park is only fifty minutes from Monteagle, just off Interstate 59.  

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

5/9
Sat

Murfreesboro

Pogue Creek Loop and Natural Bridge Trail. Near Pickett State Park. 2.75 miles total. Easy. The newly acquired 3,000 acre Pogue Creek Canyon is a jewel in the crown of Tennessee State Natural Areas. Bring snacks and/or lunch and there’s the option to stop at the Golden Corral in Cookeville on the way home.

Anna and Fount Bertram
abertram@dtccom.net
615-765-5357

5/9
Sat

Nashville

Polly Branch Falls Trail, Bridgestone/Firestone Wilderness, Sparta TN. 6-8 miles. Strenuous. We will hike the Polly Branch Falls Trail to the upper and lower falls, with options for hiking side trails to Bee Branch Falls and Jenny Branch Falls, as well as making a loop connection with the Chestnut Mountain Ranch Trail. This area is near Virgin Falls but gets much less foot traffic. Bring sturdy boots, clothing appropriate to the weather, water, and lunch. Carpool will leave the FedEx/Kinko parking lot on Donelson Road at 7:00 am CT. We should get to the trailhead around 9:00 am or so.

 

 

Contact Doug Burroughs at dougburroughs@tennessee.usa.com 

5/9
Sat

Plateau

Big Ridge State Park & River Bluff trail at Norris Dam State Park, Maynardville & Rocky Top, TN.  8 mile moderate hike

Cheryl Heckler
thehecklers@charter.net
931-200-7436
or Bill Harris
931-484-9152

5/9
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Sluder Lane to Big Soddy Creek.  Approximately 8 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

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

5/9
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Black Mountain Segment of the Cumberland Trail, Crab Orchard, TN. The hike is 7 miles and rated moderate. We will begin the hike at the trailhead on HY 68 and hike to the top of Black Mt. At the top we will enjoy lunch at a sweeping overlook and explore the newly constructed portion of the Cumberland trail and the new trails through the boulder gardens. If time permits we will visit Windless Cave on the return trip down the mountain. For information and to register contact Pete Broehl.

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

5/12
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Meeting. 6:00 pm. NOTE TIME CHANGE. This is our planning meeting for July-December hikes. Bring a finger food to share and drinks will be provided. If you want to schedule a hike and cannot attend, contact the hike coordinator before the meeting. Email Jennifer Zahn at jenzahn@gmail.com or 615-943-8853.

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

5/12
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Falling Water Falls.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Wal-Mart parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

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

5/14
Thu

Plateau

Chapter meeting pot luck at Meadow Park Lake, Crossville.  4:30 pm

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

5/16
Sat

Clarksville

Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Hidden Springs Trail, 5 miles easy, (and maybe); Loop Trail, 2 miles, easy; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼75 miles to trail head.

Bob Lyon 931.648.2354

5/16
Sat

Highland Rim

Eat-Hike-Eat, Sewanee Perimeter Trail.  Forestry Cabin to Green’s View.  4.3 miles, moderate with a steep, short climb up bluff to Green’s View Road.  Meet our co-hike leaders Carolyn Fitz and Sally Hubbard at 9:00 a.m. CT at the Blue Chair Restaurant for breakfast.  We will leave at 9:30 a.m. to shuttle vehicles.  The Forestry Cabin, built for the use of the Forestry Club, is constructed of railroad switch ties.  The cabin sits beside Cherry Point Lake and overlooks Thumping Dick Cove.  Along this hike we will visit Cherry Point for views of Thumping Dick Cove and Rutledge and KA Points which overlook Roark’s Cove. Then we will hike through Running Knob Hollow and the western edge of Shakerag Hollow to Green’s View.  Wear good hiking boots and bring hiking sticks, water and snacks.  Let Carolyn know you are coming at cfitz@sewanee.edu or 931-598-0597.

Carolyn Fitz
cfitz@sewanee.edu
931-598-0597

5/16
Sat

Murfreesboro

Buggytop Trail and Sewanee Natural Bridge. 4.4 miles. Moderate. On the Buggytop Trail the terrain to the entrance of the impressive Lost Cove Cave is moderate due to high bluffs and a steep descent. After the hike, we will have lunch at a restaurant close to the Sewanee campus.

Nabil Wakid
nwakid@bellsouth.net
615-893-7942

5/16
Sat

Nashville

Twin Arches Loop/Overnight at Charit Creek Lodge, Big South Fork, Jamestown, TN. 6 miles. Moderate. We’ll hike to the Twin Arches and then begin our hike on the loop trail to Charit Creek Lodge for an overnight stay. After visiting the arches, we pass through several huge rock houses along the base of the cliffs as we wind our way to Jake’s Place, the remains of a mid-1800’s house and farm. Then we follow the creek to Charit Creek lodge where we’ll bunk for the night in one of the reserved field cabins. In addition to lodging, Charit Creek will provide dinner that evening and breakfast the following morning. The lodge is under new management and, while I had no complaints about the food on past excursions to this back-country gem, I’m told the food is even better than before. There will be plenty of daylight to explore around the area and take in a hike to the overlook. After breakfast the following morning, we’ll return to the trailhead via the shorter, although steeper, side of the loop trail. Bring water and lunch for the hike to the lodge and snacks for the hike out. Reservations are required and space is limited. For more information, please visit the website, www.ccl-bsf.com. For those carpooling, we’ll leave the FedEx/Kinko’s parking lot on Donelson Road at 9:00 a.m. CDT. 

Kathy Woods: 615-473-6824,  kwoodz@comcast.net. 

 

5/16
Sat

Nashville

 Beaman Park,  Joelton TN.  5 miles. moderate.  We will start at 9:00 am from the nature & visitor’s center.  We’ll follow the moderately easy Sedge Hill Trail for .6, turning onto the Henry Hollow Loop a short ways, then left onto Ridgetop Trail for about 1 mile. We’ll turn about-face & head back, leading to continuation of the Henry Hollow Loop.  A sparkling, picturesque creek will be our lunch stop, and then we’ll hike about 1 mile out for a total distance of approximately 5 miles.  Come join us!  

 

Contact Tom Vickstrom, phone 615-405-6713 or e-mail tomzinger55@gmail.com

5/16
Sat

Plateau

CT Possum Creek Retro Hughes to Imodium Falls 9 mile moderate to strenuous hike.  Combined with Soddy-Daisy Chapter. 

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

5/16
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Retro Hughes trailhead to Imodium Falls and back.  Approximately 9 miles.  Strenuous.  Plateau Chapter will be hiking with us.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8:30 a.m.

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

5/16
Sat

Upper Cumberland

North Chickamauga  Segment of the Cumberland Trail, Soddy Daisy, TN.  8.6 Miles rated strenuous due to 2 water crossings and a ½ mile segment of rocky narrow trail.  We will start the hike at the end of Barkers Camp Rd and hike 1.1 miles along a gravel road to reach the trailhead. We will then descend down 17 switchbacks to Cooper Creek which we will cross and then move on to cross Stevenson Branch. From Stevenson Branch we will ascend via ½ mile of rocky trail to a rock shelter and another water crossing with a cable handrail. We will then continue to the Montlake Rd trailhead. For information and to register contact Pete Broehl.

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

5/18
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  We will have dinner at 5:00 p.m. 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.  Michael Glennon will present a program on his recent backpacking trip with Tom Gillard in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.  This area of 125,310 acres is managed by the National Park Service to preserve the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries in northeastern Tennessee and southeastern Kentucky.

Naullain Kendrick
naullain@hotmail.com

5/19
Tue

Clarksville

Monthly Meeting, meet 6:00 P.M. at the Crow Center, Clarksville.

Sandy Janus 931.551.8523

5/19
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Glen Falls.  Approximately 5 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

5/23
Sat

Clarksville

Garrison Creek Trailoff 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.       

 

Suva Bastin 931.645.2849

5/23
Sat

East Tennessee

Black Mountain and Windless Cave.  The hike will start at the Black Mountain parking area and begin a loop which includes a Spring House and the very scenic Southern Overlook.  We will descend down the mountain and get on to the Cumberland Trail  and reach Windless Cave at Mile #3.  Windless Cave has a lot of nice streams where we can take a break.  We will then hike another 1.5 miles and reach the Brady Mountain trailhead.  At that point, we will turn around and head back the same way we hiked in.  On the way back after we get off the Cumberland Trail, we will continue our  original loop and view the Northern Overlook.  After that, we will head back to the parking area to our cars.  Contact Carolyn Reeves for carpooling.  Total distance of the hike:  9 miles   Rated:  Moderate

Carolyn Reeves   
865-717-3528  

5/23
Sat

Highland Rim

Savage Day Loop plus half mile on South Rim Trail to Savage Falls. Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Palmer, TN.  5 miles, easy.  This is a Friends of South Cumberland State Park Waterfalls Challenge hike.  We will hike along cascading Savage Creek lined with mountain laurel and hemlocks on the South Rim Trail to visit Savage Falls.  Then we will backtrack to rejoin the Savage Day Loop, where a spur trail leads to an awesome overlook of Savage Falls.  Next we will hike along the edge of Savage Gulf to Rattlesnake Point Overlook, where we can see the length of Savage Gulf.  Bring water, snacks, lunch and hiking poles. Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Meet our hike leader, Joan Hartvigsen, at the Savage Gulf Ranger Station at 9:00 a.m. CT or contact her at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 for carpool information.   

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

5/23
Sat

Nashville

Black Mountain, Crab Orchard, TN. 5 or 8 miles. moderately strenuous.  We will begin our hike at the parking lot at the top of Black Mtn.  We will head out on the first half of the loop trail stopping for a look at the southern overlook.  We will then descend through the "rock gateway" of rising narrow bluffs and house sized boulders.  We will continue on down the mountain to Windless Cave where we will have our lunch.  At this point those wishing for a shorter hike (5 miles) can return to the parking lot via the same route.  Those wishing to continue for another 1.5 miles (3 miles RT), will hike to the SR #68 trailhead and return via the same route.  Upon ascending the bluffs we will return to the parking lot via the north side of the loop trail, stopping of course at the northern overlook. This is a joint hike with the East TN chapter of TTA.

 Nancy Juodenas at 615-319-8811 or e-mail at njlj1011@gmail.com

5/23
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Cumberland Mountain State Park.  Approximately 8 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

5/23
Sat

Sumner Trails

May 23 - Barfield Crescent Park, Murfreesboro - Marshall Knobs Valley View Trails 3.5 miles.  Moderate.  Wear your boots and bring your poles.

Shirley Hall at 615-972-7028 or Bill Bowman 6150-351-0122

5/23
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Virgin Falls, DeRossett. This hike to the 110 foot tall falls is 9 miles and rated strenuous. There is a stream crossing and difficult footing including the need to cross a rock field. For more information and to register contact Marnell Cothran. 

Marnell Cothran
931.738.5874
leron@blomand.net

5/25
Mon

Highland Rim

Memorial Day Lake Party and Picnic.  Joette Carter has invited us to her home on Keith Springs Mountain off of TN Highway 16 for Memorial Day.  The fun begins at 11:00 a.m. CT 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 markers 22 and 23 and follow the paved driveway to the lake.  For more information contact Joette at 256-509-0918.

Joette Carter
256-509-0918

5/26
Tue

Nashville

Annual Chapter Picnic. Shelter #10 Edwin Warner Park, 4:00 until sunset.  We will have a potluck supper around 6:00, followed by a twilight hike through part of the park.  Bring a dish to share, headlamp, and camping lanterns for the shelter are useful.  Although the chapter will be providing utensils, paperware, etc. you are welcome to bring your own non-disposable dinnerware.  This is our only monthly meeting that also includes a hike, so bring a friend and enjoy the camraderie of fellow hiking enthusiasts. For directions or more information contact Doug Burroughs, chapter chair.

Doug Burroughs: dougburroughs@tennessee.usa.com, 615-587-0085

5/26
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Heiss Mountain trailhead to Possum Creek and back.  Approximately 3 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

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

5/29-
5/31

Highland Rim

Camping and Hiking in the Cohutta Wilderness, northeast of Chatsworth, Georgia.  We plan to camp Friday and Saturday nights at Lake Conasauga Campground, first come, first served.  Specific hikes to be announced.   Contact Naullain Kendrick at naullain@hotmail.com for more information and to register.

 

Naullain Kendrick
naullain@hotmail.com

5/30
Sat

Clarksville

South Cumberland State Park, Fiery Gizzard Trail to Raven’s Point, back via Dog Hole Trail; 9.5 miles, difficult;  meet 6:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼131 miles to trail head.

Paul Schwab 931.645.9068

5/30
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs Natural Area Work Day.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot. Bring water, snacks, loppers or pruners and work gloves. Contact Tom Hartvigsen to let him know you can help, thartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  Here is the To Do List.  Cut out tree tops from deadfalls and block the social trail that goes to the top of the rockhouse.  Apply sealer to the benches.  Scope out action required to block social trail that starts halfway up Machine Falls.  Trim back trees/bushes along trails that threaten head and eyes.

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

5/30
Sat

Murfreesboro

Possum Creek Gorge. Cumberland Trail. 9.6 miles. Moderately strenuous. Heiss Mountain trailhead to Imodium Falls and back. 

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

5/30
Sat

Nashville

Grundy Lakes and Grundy Forest Day Loop near Tracy City. 3.5 total miles. Easy. Grundy Lakes is the site of the Lone Rock Coke Ovens where locally mined coal was converted to coke using convict labor until 1896. The coke ovens remain as a historic reminder of these times. The trail circles the largest of the four lakes and loops by remains of the Coke Ovens. This trail is 1.5 miles and rated easy. After lunch at the Dutch Maid Bakery in Tracy City we will travel to the Grundy Forest Day Loop Trailhead. This short day loop gives an introduction to the Fiery Gizzard area, passing by small cascades, old CCC camp remains, and a couple of nice swimming holes. It meets up with the more difficult and dramatic Fiery Gizzard Trail midway through the loop. This trail is 2 miles and is rated easy.  You will need to bring money for lunch, sturdy walking shoes, and water.

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

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5/30
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Signal Mountain High School to Prentice Cooper Popular Springs and back.  Approximately 10 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

    ** June 2015 **  

6/2
Tue

Columbia/Franklin

7pm CT. 1st Tue Monthly Program Meeting. (Super China Buffett, 5228 Main St., #B1, Spring Hill, TN ) Socializing and Dinner at 6pm. 

Carolyn Watson
901-652-9089
columbia@tennesseetrails.org

6/6
Sat

Highland Rim

National Trails Day.  Hike to Ranger Creek Falls, Big Creek Gulf Trail, South Cumberland State Park, Beersheba Springs, TN.  7 miles, strenuous.  Meet State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath at 10:00 a.m. CDT at the Stone Door Ranger Station for a hike to Ranger Creek Falls. This hike will be 7 miles and strenuous.  Rocky footing, steep ascent.  Ranger Creek Falls has no surface stream below, only a cave and sink.  There will be many interesting plants and rocks along the way.  Plus we will include the Great Stone Door, one of the most spectacular overlooks of Tennessee State Parks.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Bring hiking sticks and wear sturdy hiking boots.  For more information contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

6/6
Sat

Jackson

6:45 pm CT. 1st Tue Program Meeting at Perkins Restaurant, Vann Drive, Jackson. Socializing & dinner starts at 6:00 pm CT; meeting starts 6:45 pm.

Vicky Moeller
731-668-9336
jackson@tennesseetrails.org

6/6
Sat

Plateau

National Trails Day hikes:  Piney River 8.5 mile moderate to strenuous or Soak Creek 5 mile moderate (both on the Cumberland Trail), Spring City

Marcy Tucker
matuck42@aol.com
561-762-5759
or Sigrun Brickle
sigrun.brickle@aol.com
931-787-7267

matuck42@aol.com

6/7
Sun

Highland Rim

Tennessee River Gorge Paddle, Nickajack Lake near Chattanooga.  Sunday morning we will paddle the beautiful Tennessee River Gorge from Suck Creek to Raccoon Mountain, 9 miles.  Bring a lot of water, snacks, lunch, hat, sun glasses and sunscreen, binoculars and camera.  Plan on wearing your PFD.  This is a joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  We will meet at the Suck Creek Boat Ramp at 8:00 a.m. CT to arrange a shuttle.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to register. 

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

6/13
Sat

Plateau

Angel Falls Overlook, Big South Fork, Jamestown.  10 mile moderate hike

Bill Harris
931-484-9152

6/20
Sat

Highland Rim

Eat-Float-Eat-Float-Eat, Elk River from below Tims Ford Dam on Hwy 50 to Farris Creek Bridge.  Meet us at Sample’s Family Restaurant, 204 S. Main St., (Hwy 41A), Estill Springs, TN at 8:00 a.m. CT for breakfast or 9:30 a.m. at the put in below Tims Ford Dam to organize a shuttle.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

6/26-
6/28

Highland Rim

Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Camping and Hiking Weekend.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to reserve a spot at Elkmont Campground.  Friday we will hike to Andrews Bald, 3.6 miles out and back.  Saturday we are hiking the Trillium Gap Trail to Grotto Falls and then on to the summit of Brushy Mountain, 6.6 miles out and back, strenuous.  Sunday’s hike is to Rocky Top via Lead Cove and Bote Mountain Trails, 11.6 miles out and back, strenuous, 3,500 ft. elevation change.  Friday we will share an evening meal at Group Site #1.  Saturday we will go out to dinner in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge.

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

6/27
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Mount Sterling, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cataloochee, NC. First we will ascend 1950 feet along the Mount Sterling Trail 2.7 miles to the fire tower atop the mountain. The views are among the best in the park. On a clear day Balsam Mountain to the west, Mount Guyot, and Mount Cammerer to the northwest, Max Patch to the east, and the Cataloochee Valley to the south can all be seen. We will then descend 4130 feet over the next 6.2 miles on the Baxter Creek Trail to Big Creek. The hike is rated strenuous because of the elevation changes. For information and to register contact Richard Savage. 

Richard Savage
931-526-2035
savage_richard@hotmail.com.    

    ** August 2015 **  

8/14-
8/16

Highland Rim

White water rafting and camping weekend.  Rafting on Ocoee and Hiwassee Rivers.  Camping at Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Delano, TN.  Gee Creek Campground, Group Campsite G6.  Contact Marcia Medford at marciamedford@yahoo.com or 931-598-5331 to reserve a spot in Group Campsite G6. Contact Marietta Poteet at nannietta@blomand.net or 931-924-7666 to register for the Saturday Ocoee whitewater rafting and Sunday Hiwassee whitewater tubing or ducky float. This is a joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.


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

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

 

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