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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Apr 25, 2016 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** April 2016 **  

4/22-
5/20

Big South Fork

The Mountain Laurel Hiking Marathon is a hiking endurance event that is open to everyone of all ages. Hikers will be placed on designated trails where the Laurel blooms and journey through two national p[arks, several State Parks and State Natural Areas, along with a few hidden gems. The Marathon begins April 22nd and runs through May 20th with awards of completion presented and celebrated at the Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival, Saturday May 21st, 2016. Registration is free.

Morgan County Tourism Alliance
More information available after 4/1/2016:
www.tnmlf.com

4/29-
5/1

Nashville

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Robbinsville, NC.  We are planning a weekend of hiking, camping, campfires and fun.  We will camp at the Rattler Ford Group Camp for 2 nights. This Group Camp is huge (a capacity of 25) and even has a lovely bath house with hot showers.   The wildflowers should be in their glory and the weather should be mild by this time.  There will be a variety of hikes planned, from the short 2 mile Memorial Forest Loop through old growth trees, to longer, more strenuous day long hikes through the Slickrock and Citico Creek Wilderness Areas.  So mark your calendars. All chapters welcome!!

 Nancy Juodenas, njlj1011@gmail.com or Gloria Dale Williams, gdw12@comcast.com 

4/30
Sat

All

V&E Greenline & Old Growth Forest - Hike & Eat

We will meet in Overton Park at 9:00 a.m. for a short hike in the Old Growth Forest. Hike will begin at the entrance to the forest near the pavilion by the lake. There is a parking lot by the pavilion. From forest we will transition to the Vollentine and Evergreen Greenline for a 3-mile easy walk. Following the hike all are invited to Dino’s for brunch or lunch. Please come join us for this easy, very social and scenic hike in the mid town area of Memphis.

Carolyn Pierce at 901-755-5735.

4/30
Sat

Clarksville

Overnight hike; Frozen Head SP; several hikes to choose from; meet 7:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼188 miles to trail head.

Ken Johnson 931-802-6343

4/30
Sat

Highland Rim

Walls of Jericho State Natural Area.  Day Hike and Backpacking Trip.  South of Winchester, TN.  9 miles out and back.  Strenuous, steep, stream crossings.  Joint activity with the Upper Cumberland Chapter.  Meet at the Tennessee Trailhead at 9:30 a.m. CT.  Bring water, snacks and lunch. Wear sturdy hiking boots.  To register contact Cindy Watson, 931-247-1459 or cgrwatson@gmail.com.  Cindy will hike back with the day hikers to the trailhead.  The “Walls” is an impressive geological feature that forms a large bowl shaped 200 ft. limestone amphitheater.  Embedded in the limestone are bowling ball size holes from which water from Turkey Creek spouts, creating a unique water feature.

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

4/30
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area Work Day.  Tullahoma, TN.  One of our tasks is refreshing the paint blazes on the Laurel Bluff Trail.  We will also clear the trails of any trees which have blown down.  The Tennessee State Building Commission has approved acceptance of gift-in-place construction of the Bobo Creek Pedestrian Bridge.  Design and construction will be provided by Tennessee Valley Authority.  Now, the plans and specs need to be approved by the State Architect, Peter Heimbach.  If approved before our April 30 work day, we may help with preliminary work to ready the site for construction.  Please let Joan Hartvigsen know if you can help.  jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. CT in the Short Springs parking lot, 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma.  Bring work gloves, snacks and water.

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

4/30
Sat

Jackson

We will make an overnight outing to Savage Gulf State Natural Area, taking in Greeter Falls and Stone Door.  Melinda Pearson will be your hike leader; she can be reached at  hurstme@bellsouth.net  or 731 225 4293. There will be at least two choices of routes that you can take, around 8 or 10 miles in length.  For those who stay over a second night, we also will arrange a short hike on Sunday.
 
A number of our group will be staying Friday evening at the Super 8 Motel in Monteagle.  Camping is also an option.  Whichever you choose, we will meet at 9 am Saturday at the Stone Door Ranger Station.  Please give Melinda as much advance notice as you can if you would like to join us.  Also, please make arrangements through Melinda if you wish to carpool from Jackson.

Melinda Pearson
hurstme@bellsouth.net
731 225 4293

4/30-
5/1

Murfreesboro

Frozen Head State Park Backpack. We’ll hike the Spicewood Trail to the Mart Field campsite. Approximately a 4 mile moderate hike with an elevation gain of 1200’.  Sunday morning will be about 5.5 miles with some side trips to the fire tower for lunch, overlooks and a mining camp. Hike back will be on one of the Old Mac Trails to the parking area. Contact Wayne for carpooling information.

Wayne Yancey
wayne.yancey@gmail.com
615-887-0212

4/30
Sat

Nashville

Bells Bend Park, Nashville TN. Moderate.  Bells Bend Outdoor Center is surrounded by over 7 miles of wonderful trails. We will walk several of them on this large loop around the park.  This will be a moderate spring hike through a lot of open fields.  Birds will be migrating, so bring binoculars if you have them as well as the usual sturdy shoes or boots, plenty of water, snacks, and clothing appropriate for the weather. We will also have the option of heading for brunch at the nearby Old School Farm Bar, which opens at 10:30 AM, leaving plenty of time to get to the TTA Board Meeting across town at 1:00 PM. Meeting Place: East end of the Richland Park Library parking lot at 46th & Charlotte.  Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (or 8:30 AM at the Bells Bend Park Nature Center).  Note: The Old School Farm Bar is a popular and busy place for weekend brunch.  We have reserved a table for 10, so register early if you are interested in this option.  

Doug Burroughs
dougburroughs@tennessee.usa.com
(615) 587-0085

4/30
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Connector trail from Hwy 157.  Approximately 8 miles.  Moderate to slightly strenuous.  $5 parking fee.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

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

4/30
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Walls of Jericho, Winchester, TN. This hike is about 9 miles and is mostly downhill going into the gorge, the return trip is mostly uphill. There is a tricky descent from the trail to the stream, which can be hazardous, and several stream crossings. For more information and to register, contact Cindy Watson.

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

    ** May 2016 **  

4/22-
5/20

Big South Fork

The Mountain Laurel Hiking Marathon is a hiking endurance event that is open to everyone of all ages. Hikers will be placed on designated trails where the Laurel blooms and journey through two national p[arks, several State Parks and State Natural Areas, along with a few hidden gems. The Marathon begins April 22nd and runs through May 20th with awards of completion presented and celebrated at the Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival, Saturday May 21st, 2016. Registration is free.

Morgan County Tourism Alliance
More information available after 4/1/2016:
www.tnmlf.com

5/1
Sun

Nashville

Nashville Urban hike.  Downtown Nashville.  4 miles. easy

We will meet at 1 pm in Lot R near the south end of Nissan Stadium near the river. Lot R has  is easily accessible from I-65 / I-24 via Exit 84 (Shelby Avenue). Yellow signage helps direct cars to Lot R.  www.parkitdowntown.com has parking maps available, and it is number labeled 141 on that map.

The hike will proceed along East Bank Greenway and cross the Seigenthaler pedestrian bridge. Once downtown we will briefly walk past the honky-tonks on Broadway and then turn up 5th Avenue South. We’ll hike uphill and over to Rutledge Hill where many interesting sights await.  Then  we’ll cross Hermitage Avenue to the Rolling Mill Hill Greenway, which offers a view of the Cumberland River.  We’ll follow the hill down towards Ascend Amphitheater, which is nicely landscaped, then double back slightly in order to cross the river via the Korean Veteran’s Blvd., to arrive at our starting point.  Total mileage is about 4 miles. 

Tom Vickstrom: tomzinger55@gmail.com or 615-405-6713.

 

5/2
Mon

Sumner Trails

May 2 (Monday) Chapter Meeting.  Our guest speaker Rick Lausten of the Columbia Franklin Chapter of TTA will talk about the 186 mile Pembrokeshire Coastal Path hike that he did in Wales in september and October of 2015.  Wales is a fascinating area of Britain that is steeped in history with Norman castles, quaint villages, rugged terrain, grey seals and scenic vistas.  Rick’s program is about an hour.  Guests are always welcome at our meetings so invite family and friends to come with you, arrive a few minutes early to visit with others, and then be entertained annd enlightened by Rick’s presentation.  7PM CDT at First United Methodist Church, 217 East Main St. Hendersonville. 

Rick Lausten speaker, Sally Ticaric  daytrippersal@gmail.com or Judy Jenkins program coordinater judy_jenkins@gamail.com

5/3
Tue

Columbia/ Franklin

Columbia/Franklin Meeting at

The meeting next Tuesday will be in Spring Hill.  We will meet at the Super Chinese Buffet 5228 Main St # B1, Spring Hill, TN 37174.  Come at 6:00 PM in order to join us for dinner, the meeting will begin at 7:00 PM.  

May 3 - Monthly Meeting.  Columbia/Franklin Chapter Meeting

May’s presenter is club president, Carolyn Watson.  The program concerns Carolyn’s recent trip to the Grand Canyon.  She hiked in and out of the Canyon.  She will be giving us the tips for training for this hike.  If you have ever wanted to know how to hike the Grand Canyon, she will let you know what steps to follow and how to train for this rigoous hike. 

Carolyn Watson - watsoncrt@yahoo.com

5/3
Tue

Jackson

Chapter meeting, starting at 6:00 pm at Perkins Restaurant, in Jackson.

5/3
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Greenway Farms.  Approximately 4 miles. Easy.  Meet at parking lot across from dog lot at 9 a.m.

Gail Stokes - 423-756-8219

5/7
Sat

Clarksville

Stones River Greenway from Wave Country Trailhead to Kohl’s, 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

5/7
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

Black mountain is a 10.8 mile loop near Crab Orchard, TN.  The parking address is 3004 Owl Roost Road, Crossville TN 38555 and the hike is rated as moderate. There are old stone chimneys, spring house, and great views of the valley. Meet at 6:30 am at Tollgate Medical Building in Thompson station, located on Columbia Ave. Please have plenty of water, good hiking boots, snacks, lunch. Change of clothes.  Contact: Robert Consalvo – 615.519.5584 or rconsalvo@aol.com.

 

Robert Consalvo - 615.519.5584 or rconsalvo@aol.com

5/7
Sat

East Tennessee

Middle Prong Trail to Indian Flats Falls, GSMNP. This hike will be along Lynns Camp Creek and is rated moderate.  The trail gains about 1100 feet and is on an old railroad bed with about a 5.5 percent grade.  At about mile two we will see an old vehicle, not much left of it.  According to someone who worked at the CCC camp the vehicle is an old Cadillac that belonged to the supervisor and when it quit running it was pushed off the road and left to rust away.  At about mile three are the remains of the Middle Prong CCC Camp.  The one-way distance to the falls is slightly less than 4 miles.   For carpooling, we will meet at Central Baptist Church in Bearden and leave there at 8:30am ET.  Another meeting place will be in Maryville’s Brown’s Creek Shopping Center parking lot nearest the Sonic and we will leave there at 9:00am ET.  Be sure to bring snacks, drink, and dollars for carpooling.  Please pre-register with Rosie.

Rosie Marshall
865-951-8317
mrosemary04@gmail.com

5/7
Sat

Highland Rim

 Lost Creek Overlook Trail plus a section of the Ray Branch Shoreline Trail.  Tims Ford State Park, Winchester, TN.  Four miles, easy.  This hike offers many views of beautiful Tims Ford Lake as we follow the trail over rolling hills through a hardwood forest.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Bring hiking sticks.  We will meet at 8:00 a.m. CT at the Tims Ford State Park Visitor Center Parking Lot.  Register with Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

5/7
Sat

Murfreesboro

Short Springs State Natural Area. Tullahoma. Machine Falls Loop Trail. 1.6 miles rated moderate. Depending on the water level of the river, the hike to the bottom of the falls can be on a narrow trail.  Bring water, snacks and wear good hiking shoes. After the hike, we will go to a local restaurant for lunch.

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

5/7
Sat

Nashville

Pinson Mounds State (Archaeological) Park, near Jackson, TN.  Less than 6 miles. Easy.  Two hours west of Nashville.  This 1300 acre park contains 17 Native American mounds from the Middle Woodland period. There are six miles of flat trails with many interconnections, so we probably won’t do all of them.  Option for after the hike: Locate some West Tennessee barbeque. 

Doug Burroughs at dougburroughs@tennessee.usa.com or 615-587-0085.

5/7
Sat

Plateau

Bald River Falls. Bring water, lunch, hiking sticks. Wear sturdy hiking boots. 

Bill Harris
931 484-9152

5/7
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Hwy 111 to Big Soddy Gulf.  Approximately 7 miles.  Moderate.  Will stage vehicles.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

Gregg Phillips - 423-838-1069

5/7
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Charlie’s Bunion. For information and to register contact: Gary Kimbrell

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

5/10
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Meeting - 6:00 pm. NOTE TIME CHANGE. This is our hike planning meeting for July-December 2016 hikes. Bring a finger food to share and drinks will be provided.

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

5/10
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Stringer’s Ridge.  Approximately 4 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Spears Avenue parking lot at 9 a.m.

Gail Stokes - 423-756-8219

5/14
Sat

Clarksville

Rotary Park, Clarksville, 2 miles, moderate; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, first shelter on left after entering park.

Renate Gillis 931.648.1448

5/14
Sat

Highland Rim

Fiery Gizzard Hike.  South Cumberland State Park.  Tracy City, TN.  13 miles one way from Grundy Forest to Foster Falls.  Car shuttle required.  Strenuous because of boulder fields, stream crossings and steep ascents and descents.  Meet at the Grundy Forest trailhead in Tracy City at 8:45 a.m. CT.  The trail is being rerouted which may add distance and make it very strenuous.  Joint hike with the Upper Cumberland Chapter.  Option of a 9 mile hike using the Dog Hole Trail to return to the Grundy Forest trailhead.  Bring water, lunch, snacks, headlamp and hiking boots.  For information and to register contact Cindy Watson at 931-247-1459 or cgrwatson@gmail.com.

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

5/14
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 .615-319-7501.

5/14
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Retro Hughes Trailhead to Rock Creek Overlook and back.  Approximately 9 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

John Politte - 423-304-8327

5/14
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Fiery Gizzard. For information and to register contact: Cindy Watson

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

5/17
Tue

Clarksville

Monthly Chapter Meeting, 6:00 P.M. CT, Crow Community Center, 211 Richview Rd, Clarksville. 

Ken Johnson 931-802-6343.

 

5/17
Tue

Soddy Daisy

White Oak Mountain at Collegedale.  Moderate.  Approximately 4-l/2 miles.  Meet at Target parking lot in Hwy 153 at 9 a.m.

Donna Pyers - 423-344-9271

5/19
Thu

Plateau

Plateau Chapter cookout at Meadow Park Lake. 4-7 PM.  

Contact Carol Quattrociocchi at quattrociocchi@frontiernet.net or 931 484-4230
or Chapter Chair, Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7436 for additional information.  

5/20
Fri

Sumner Trails

May 20 (Friday)-Radner Lake State Natural Area.  Easy to Moderate with Gainer Ridge being difficult.  We will be doing the Gainier Ridge trail and the Lake Trail approx 4 miles total.  We should see abundant wildlife and maybe some Spring wildflowers at this beautiful Park!  There may also be some waterfowl and woodland bird sightings on these gorgeous well maintained trails.  Wear your hiking boots and bring hiking poles, water and snacks.  After the hike we will eat lunch at Vittles restaurant.  Meet at the First Presbyterianm Church in Hendersonville at 9:00 AM CDT for carpooling/directions or at the Visitor Center near the West Parking Lot off Otter Creek Rd at 9:45 AM.  Please contact the hike leaders if you plan to meet us at the visitor Center. 

Lea Whitton 615-289-4842 whittonm@realtracs.com or Millie East 615-285-0767 or mil412@att.net

5/21
Sat

Big South Fork

Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival. Morgan County.

Morgan County Tourism Alliance
More information available after 4/1/2016:
www.tnmlf.com

5/21
Sat

Clarksville

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Orange trail, 5 miles moderate to difficult, and the New Johnsonville State Natural Area, Redoubts Loop Trail, 4 miles, moderate;  meet 7:30 A.M. CT, BigLots parking area, Riverside Drive, Clarksville; ∼73 miles to trail head.

 

Bob Lyon 931.648.2354

5/21
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

Big Swan Headwaters Preserve -- Tall Falls Loop Trail

Saturday, May 21

10:00 a.m.

Meet at The Farm Store

Joint Swan Conservation Trust for a hike on Tall Falls Loop Trail.  The wide variety of spring wildflowers along Big Swan Creek are outstanding at this time of year. Besides the 30-foot high waterfall, which is lovely year-round, the 75-foot majestic cliffs of Horseshoe Bend are also a highlight. Bring a walking stick and shoes appropriate for several wide creek crossings.  The return trail is very steep coming up from the creek. We will hike about 2 hours and return to The Farm Store to eat lunch under The Dome.
Chapter leader:  Jane Coffey - jecoffey0644@gmail.com
SwanTrust leader:  Cynthia Rohrbach - cynthrohr@gmail.com

The Columbia/Franklin chapter will meet at McDonald’s in Spring Hill (4908 Main Street - north end of Spring Hill) at 8:00 a.m. and depart from there by 8:15 a.m.  We will eat lunch at Swan Trust.  Contact Jane Coffey at 615.516.6551 if you are interested in attending.  Please leave a contact number in case of inclement weather.

Jane Coffey - jecoffey0644@gmail.com - 615.516.6551

5/21
Sat

East Tennessee

Spence Field.  9.5 miles.  Difficult.  This hike starts at Big Spring Cove on Laurel Creek Road at the Lead Cove trailhead.  We will hike 1.8 miles with a significant elevation gain to the junction with the Bote Mountain trail.  We will then hike this trail for 2.9 miles and reach the AT which is at the edge of Spence Field.  Views at Spence Field are phenomenal on a clear day.   You can see Cades Cove and Fontana Dam plainly if there is not too much fog.  This hike is rated difficult due to elevation gain on both trails.  For more information and to register, contact Carolyn  Reeves.

Carolyn  Reeves
865-717-3528

5/21
Sat

Highland Rim

 Tims Ford State Park Work Day, Winchester, TN.  Tims Ford State Park received a grant to improve Ray Branch Shoreline Trail, establish a backcountry campsite on Evans Loop on the tip of Ray Branch Peninsula and improve the island campsites.  We may take a boat to our worksite!  Meeting place and time and tasks will be announced later.  Please register with Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

5/21
Sat

Jackson

We will walk one or more of the loop trails at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park.  (This hike originally was scheduled for March 12, but was rained out.)  Two route choices will be available, around 5 miles or 8 miles in length.  Howard Ropp will be your hike leader, together with Susan Woods; Howard can be reached at howardropp1@gmail.com or 731 693 4248.  If you are going, please meet at Panera at 8:00 am or arrange to meet us at the interpretive center at the park, located at the top of Pilot Knob.

Howard Ropp
howardropp1@gmail.com or 731 693 4248

5/21
Sat

Murfreesboro

Cheeks Bend. Duck River State Natural Area. Columbia. The 1.8 mile balloon trail is rated easy and has scenic overlooks of the Duck River. There is also a short cave that leads to an overlook bluff. Bring water, snacks and wear good hiking shoes. After the hike, we will go to a local restaurant for lunch.

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

5/21
Sat

Plateau

Ramsey Cascades, GSMNP. Strenuous 8 miles hike to Ramsey Cascades, the tallest waterfall in the park and one of the most spectacular dropping 100 feet over rock outcroppings and collecting in a small pool. The trail to the waterfall gains over 2,000’ in elevation over its 4 mile course and the 8-mile roundtrip hike is considered strenuous in difficulty. It follows rushing rivers and streams for much of its length. The last 2 miles pass through old-growth cove hardwood forest with large tuliptrees, basswoods, silverbells, and yellow birches. Wear hiking boots and bring water and lunch. 

Contact Cheryl Heckler
thehecklers@charter.net
931-200-7430 to register

5/21
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Retro Hughes Road to Imodium Falls and back.  Approximately 9 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

John Politte - 423-304-8327

5/23
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5:00 p.m. Applebee’s Bar & Grill, 1957 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma, TN.  Program to be announced.

Naullain Kendrick
naullain@hotmail.com

5/24
Tue

Nashville

Annual Chapter Picnic. Shelter 10 at Edwin Warner Park, Nashville, TN. 4:00 pm CT until sunset. Following a pot luck meal at 6:00 pm, we’ll take a twilight hike. The chapter will provide tableware, napkins, and ice; but we encourage you to bring your own non-disposable "mess kits" as a more sustainable alternative. Your camping lanterns  will be welcome since the shelters aren’t lighted. For the twilight hike, you will want a flashlight or headlamp. Bring friends! This is the only chapter meeting that also includes a hike, so encourage your friends who’ve been thinking about hiking. Directions from Nashville: Drive west on West End/Harding Rd. Turn left at the 100/US 70S "split" in Belle Meade. You will be on Highway 100. Continue on Highway 100 for 3.2 miles and turn left on Old Hickory Blvd. Drive 0.7 miles over the ridge and turn right on Vaughn Road at the traffic light. In about 0.3 miles, turn right into the Edwin Warner Park Picnic Area. Shelter #10 is almost at the end. When you see a permanent rest room building, turn left and then left again at the fork immediately following. 

 Doug Burroughs at dougburroughs@tennessee.usa.com or 615-587-0085.

 

5/24
Tue

Soddy Daisy

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

Bob McGavock - 423-667-2960

5/27-
5/28

Nashville

Cumberland Mountain State Park  car camp and 3 waterfalls outing. Crossville, Rockwood, Spring City. Friday: up to 8 miles, moderate. Saturday: total of 5.5 miles moderate, with some difficult footing, descents and ascents.

A campsite reservation has been made at Cumberland Mountain State Park for the night of the 27th (Friday). The campsite can accommodate 7 people but only two tents.  (Although we might be able to get away with 3 if the tents are small.) Friday afternoon, we will hike the trails at the park.  Saturday  morning we will depart from the park and begin our waterfall excursion. The first stop will be the 110 foot Ozone Falls, it is a 1 mile total descent and ascent down to the waterfall and back to parking area. (www.tn.gov/environment/article/na-na-ozone-falls).  Next, we’ll continue driving east on Hwy #70 to The Mt. Roosevelt Overlook with views of Watts Barr Lake and the Smokies.  Continuing on our jaunt we will intercept Hwy. #27 and drive south towards Spring City, turning onto Shut-in-Gap Rd. for 5 miles to Stinging Fork State Natural Area.  We will hike the 2 mile round trip to the bottom of Stinging Fork Falls ( 30 ft.) and back. (www.tn.gov/environment/article/na-na-stinging-fork-falls).  Last but not least, on our list is Piney Falls State Natural Area. These falls consist of an upper fall for 80 ft. and a lower fall for 40 ft. (www.tn.gov/environment/article/na-na-piney-falls) This round trip hike is 2.5 miles. Finally, we will head back to the state park to pick up any cars left there, and head back to Nashville. If you don’t want to camp, you are still welcome to meet at the park for Saturday’s excursion.  

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

 

5/28
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

5/28
Sat

Highland Rim

Big Creek Gulf  Hike.  South Cumberland State Park.  Beersheba Springs, TN.  Ten miles.  Moderate to difficult because of the ten mile distance and the steep, rocky descents/ascents.     Marietta Poteet will lead a hike on the Big Creek Gulf Trail.  We will begin at Stone Door and descend down into the gorge.  While on the trail we will take a side trip to Ranger Falls.  Then we will ascend Big Creek Trail to Alum Gap and follow Big Creek Rim Trail back to Stone Door.  This hike is a great hike down into the gorge, along the Big Creek, by a beautiful waterfall and up out of the gorge beside a beautiful stream.  During this hike we should be able to see terrific wildflowers, rhododendrons and ferns.  This is a great interesting one day hike.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Please call Marietta at 931-924-7666 or email at nannietta@blomand.net.

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

5/28
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Sluder Lane to Big Soddy Creek and back.  Approximately 7 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

Gregg Phillips - 423-838-1069

5/31
Tue

Soddy Daisy

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

Bob McGavock - 423-667-2960

    ** June 2016 **  

6/4
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

Two opportunities to assist TN Trails Association - June 4, 2016 is National Trails Day.  The Columbia/Franklin chapter is planning on spending the day at Stillhouse Hollow Falls.

Tony Turnbow would like to incentivize the troops by working on NSP Centennial National Trail from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Food and speakers follow, then he would lead a hike starting at 1:00 p.m.

Stillhouse Hollow Falls - Tommy Haskins - swissman10@hotmail.com
NSP Centennial National Trail - Tony Turnbow - tonylturnbow@gmail.com

6/4
Sat

Highland Rim

National Trails Day.  Our Chapter will celebrate National Trails Day 2016 with a Work Day on the Fiery Gizzard Trail in South Cumberland State Park, Tracy City.  For more information contact Naullain Kendrick naullain@hotmail.com or 931-224-6225.

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

6/4
Sat

Plateau

National Trails Day Hike:  New Hebittsburg section of Cumberland Trail, Crab Orchard.  

Carolyn Miller
cardan@frontiernet.net

6/4
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Flipper Bend  Approximately 8 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at WalMart parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m. 

John Politte - johnpolitte@gmailcom - 423-304-8327

6/4
Sat

Sumner Trails

June 4 National Trails Day White House Greenway "Hike With The Mayors"- 4 Miles Easy.  County Executive Anthony Holt and White House Mayor Mike Arnold will lead a 4 mile walk on the White House greenway.  This hike is sponsored by Sumner Trails Chapter and the Hendersonville Rotary Club to commemorate Nation Trails day.  Since 1993 the first Saturday of June has been known as National Trails Day, encouraging the public nationwide to seek out, discover, learn about, and celebrate America’s Trail system.  National trails Day was begun by the American Hiking Society.  Sumner County continues with the development and construction of trails that will ultimately connect parts of the county, providing safe and healthy opportunities for residents and guests. The White House greenway is paved so you won’t need your boots for this one.  Meet in the parking lot of White House High School at 10 AM CDT.  For carpooling from Hendersonville meet at First Presbyterian Chuirch at 9:15 AM CDT.  For further info contact the hike leaders. 

Al Ballenger at ballallenger@aol.com   or Millie East at mil412@att.net

6/5
Sun

Highland Rim

Tennessee River Gorge Paddle, Nickajack Lake, near Chattanooga.  Sunday morning we will paddle through the beautiful Tennessee River Gorge from Suck Creek to Raccoon Mountain, 9 miles.  Bring a lot of water, snacks, lunch, hat, sun glasses, sunscreen, binoculars and camera.  Plan to wear your PFD.  We will meet at the Such Creek Boat Ramp at 8:00 a.m. CT (9:00 a.m. ET) 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

6/7
Tue

Soddy Daisy

River walk.  Approximately 5 miles.  Easy.  Meet at parking lot by the Boathouse restaurant at 8 a.m.

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

6/10-
6/12

Highland Rim

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Camping and Hiking Weekend.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Camping in Cosby Campground June 10 and 11, Group Campsite G003.  Friday:  Sutton Ridge Overlook by way of the Lower Mount Cammerer Trail.  3.6 miles out and back.  400 ft. elevation change.  Easy.  Views of Gabes Mountain, Cosby Valley and Gilliland Ridge.  Saturday:  Mount Cammerer Lookout Tower via Low Gap, Appalachian and Mount Cammerer Trails.  11.2 miles round trip.  2,780 ft. elevation change.  Strenuous.  Features streams, ridgeline, geologic interests, summit, spectacular views of Mount Sterling and its firetower, the Pigeon River and Stone Mountain.  Sunday:  Hike to Hen Wallow Falls via Gabes Mountain Trail.  4.4 miles round trip, moderate.  850 ft. elevation change.   Steep side trail to Hen Wallow Falls descends 700 ft.  Highlights:  Falls, creeks.   Friday evening after our hike we will share a potluck dinner at Group Campsite G003.  Saturday we will eat out at Ruby Tuesday in Newport.  Register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

6/11
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Fall Creek Falls.  Approximately 12 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Sodddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

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

6/14
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Upper Leggett Road to lower Leggett Road  Approximately 3 miles.  Moderate. Will stage vehicles.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

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

6/18
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 Street (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 to register.

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

6/18
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Roaring Creek.  Approximately 12 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

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

6/21
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Little Cedar Mountain.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 8 a.m.

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

6/25
Sat

Highland Rim

North Rim and North Plateau Trails to Hobbs Cabin.  18.2 miles, difficult. Savage Gulf.  South Cumberland State Park, Palmer TN.   Marieta Poteet will lead a hike on North Rim and North Plateau Trails to Hobbs Cabin in Savage Gulf.  There is very little elevation change but there are numerous stream crossings although they should be dry.  We will see views of the gorges and old growth forest and a nice visit to Hobbs Cabin.  Since it is summer, we will need lots of water, lunch and snacks.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Please call Marietta at 931-924-7666 or email at nannietta@blomand.net.

 

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

6/25
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Cloudland Canyon west rim.  Approximately 6 miles.  Moderate.  $5 parking fee.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 8 a.m

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

6/27
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting – Dinner at 5:00 p.m. at Red Lobster, 1913 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma.  Our meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Michael Glennon will present a Short Course, “Backpacking 101”.

Naullain Kendrick
naullain@hotmail.com

6/28
Tue

Soddy Daisy

White Oak Mountain.  Approximately 4-1/2 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 8 a.m.

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

    ** July 2016 **  

7/2
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Lower Leggett Road to Rock Creek Bridge 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

7/5
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Enterprise South.  Approximately 6 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 8 a.m.

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

7/9
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Frozen Head.  Approximately 8 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

7/12
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Harrison Bay State Park.  Approximately 4-1/2 miles.  Easy.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 8 a.m.

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

7/16
Sat

Soddy Daisy

North Chickamauga Creek to Stevens Branch and back.  Approximately 9 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at WalMart in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

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

7/19
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Big Soddy Gulf to Big Soddy bridge and back.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot at 8 a.m.

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

7/23
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Heiss Mountain to Big Soddy Gulf.  Approximately 6 miles.  Moderate to slightly strenuous.  Will stage vehicles.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

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

7/26
Tue

Soddy Daisy

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

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

7/30
Sat

Soddy Daisy

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

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

    ** August 2016 **  

8/26-
8/28

Highland Rim

  Whitewater rafting, “flatwater” kayaking and camping weekend.   Camp at Gee Creek Campground, Campsite G6 August 26 and 27, Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park.  White water rafting on Ocoee River August 27.  Folks not planning on whitewater rafting on Saturday can hike in the Cherokee National Forest.  Potential hikes are the Oswald Dome Hike near Reliance, TN, Big Frog Wilderness Hike near Ocoee Dam #3 and the Old Copper Road Trail which begins at the Ocoee Whitewater Center.  Sunday, we will use our own kayaks to paddle the lower, “quieter” section of the Ocoee River.  Contact Naullain to borrow a kayak.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen soon to reserve space at the campsite, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  Contact Naullain Kendrick soon to reserve a spot for whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River on August 27,  naullain@hotmail.com.  Friday evening we will share a potluck dinner at the campsite.  Saturday evening we will eat at a restaurant. 

Naullain Kendrick, whitewater rafting reservations, borrow a kayak
naullain@hotmail.com
931-224-6225
Joan Hartvigsen, camping reservation, hike infomation
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

    ** October 2016 **  

10/28-
10/30

TTA

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    ** November 2016 **  

11/6
Sun

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